Monthly Archives: February 2012

What Does Diaspora Mean?

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Diaspora is the Greek word for “a scattering.” An old dictionary I have, defines Diaspora in two ways. One definition is, “Jews scattered through the Old World after the Exile” and the other is “Jewish Christians of the apostolic age living among the heathen”.

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Rebellious Jewish Surnames

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If you were forced to convert to Christianity and forced to come up with a new name, what would you do? How could you rebel without being killed or exiled? Some Jews had no desire to take Christian names so drew their names from nature by picking plants, bushes, trees or chose the names of places. Many surnames that are colors were chosen by Jews rather than picking Christian ones.

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Christians Who Refused to Acknowledge Jewish Ancestry

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The Jews of the Middle Ages were not unlike the Jews of Colonial America. They wanted to blend in. They frequently chose names from geographical locations or occupations and often had the same common names popular with the Christians of that area hence the difficulty in finding them now and the refusal for many to accept that their ancestors were indeed Jewish.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Are You a Descendant of Secret Genealogy?

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Many of the early colonists (who were converts to the Dutch Reformed Church, “Calvinists” and whose parents or grandparents had been Jews from the Inquisition) continued to conceal their Jewish origins. Since the New York area was such a birthplace for America, if the colonists who came from Holland were not Christians but Jews, who cultivated huge families and partook of the building of a nation, it’s fair to say that America was built on a much stronger Jewish foundation than what was originally thought by historians.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Trouble Finding Ancestors? Maybe They Switched Ethnicity

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In the early stages of my researching, I started collecting so many names with whom my ancestors colonized with, married, bought from, sold to, etc. that I started calling them “the gang” and found it crucial that I research their names too. The clues that lay in the names of the associates were dead-giveaways. During the Diaspora Jews stuck together, and after all those years, during Colonial times, these pioneer American families were still sticking together. I often wonder whether the younger generations were aware of their Jewish heritage or if the older generations guided them to choose Jewish partners? A sort of silent conspiracy between sets of Jewish parents may have existed. There must have been heated arguments over whether or not to completely abandon Jewish origins (enabling new generations freedom from persecution and access to advantages in the New World) or to hang on desperately to the last vestiges of their ancient bonds.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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What’s the Difference Between Scot and Scotch?

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The English and the Americans may say “Scotch” but in Scotland it’s “Scots”. (Scotch is whiskey). It’s easy to be confused, “Scotch” whiskey is made by the Scottish and there were many colonial immigrants to America known as Scotch-Irish, really Scots-Irish. If you are fortunate enough to go to Scotland you may want to pronounce it as Scot instead of Scotch. The Scotch version has been accepted as colloquial but the literary version and more pleasing to the Scots is … Scot.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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My Ancestors? Dutch Crypto-Jews?

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Yes, millions of people have European ancestors that were Jewish and hid the fact. After Spain and Portugal’s Inquisitions, and France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Poland’s persecutions, European Jews wanted to own land and be free of special taxes and fees imposed upon them. Why don’t you know? Because telling their children could have exposed them. After a few generations the knowledge was completely lost. But today it’s possible to uncover the truth and it makes a great story.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Secret Genealogy III: https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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