Monthly Archives: March 2012

Were Our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors Really Jewish?

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I have a habit of taking an in-depth look into the misrepresentations of our ancestors, those we’d always believed were Christian. The conspiracy to hide Jewish ethnicity was a wide practice and many of our ancestors did so. Was that French Huguenot 9th grandfather really Jewish, hiding amongst Protestant religious sects to preserve his life? Did Perowski become Peters so the children could have a better life, free of persecution? You’ll find that in many instances the answer to these questions was yes.

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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Why Did My Ancestors Change Their Surname? It Seems Suspicious

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Quite possibly because they were Jewish. Sometimes it was only the dropping of “berg” or “stein” from the end of their name but it often meant changing it altogether. Jacobi to Banta, Shereshevsky to Sherry and Cohen to Craig, these are all examples of surname changes. We are given a variety of reasons for why it was done, it’s often blamed on an immigration clerk and sometimes this is true but Jewish surname changes were quite frequently made because they wanted the same opportunities for their families as other Americans. It’s quite shocking for descendants to become aware of the original Jewish surname, they often had no idea.

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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Court Jews in Germany During the 1600s

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Though you believe your ancestors were Jewish, unless they were “protected” because they were “Court Jews”, survival in Germany during the 1600s would have been difficult. Court Jews attained powerful positions of influence in European aristocracy. Whether they were bankers or money managers, consultants or representatives for trade or politics, they rose socially and received its rewards. Though not always permanent, Court Jews lived under noble protection and frequently received titles. Wealthy Jews used intricate networks to keep their sponsors well supplied with commodities and provided loans to Europe’s middle class.

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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Lost: Crypto-Jewish Sacred Names of Our Christian Ancestors

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Through the ages, people became very creative in the ways they altered their names. Many non-Jewish names managed to become popular Jewish names but Rabbis were strict about which names a child could use. They were concerned over the practice of naming Jewish babies gentile names and set up creative ways for Jews to have both a sacred Jewish name and a name that fit within the local culture. This sacred name was what descendants could use to recognize that their ancestors were Jewish. It’s unfortunate that too often, these sacred names became lost or abandoned.

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 Was the Babylonian Exile? Were My Ancestors Jews?

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History puts a date on the first Diaspora from the Land of Israel, also known as the Babylonian exile, as 586 B.C.E. The Second Diaspora from the Land of Israel came after Christianity took hold. Jews that were not banished from the land of Israel packed up and left on their own accord. This scattering of tribes, clans and tents found their way into Southern Europe, Germany, France and Asia Minor. Archeological digs in Southern Europe have uncovered ancient Jewish artifacts dating back to the early Christian Roman era when Jews arrived as prisoners. Probably some of these prisoners regained their freedom and were eventually able to participate in Europe’s cultural growth of art, religion, math and science. You may have never thought your ancestors lit candles on a menorah but they may have.

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: https://www.createspace.com/4234160

Secret Genealogy II: https://www.createspace.com/4235650

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

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