Monthly Archives: July 2012

What Was the “Law of the Pure Blood?”

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During the Inquisitional era, the Law of the Pure Blood was a prohibition against migrating to Mexico unless one could prove that the last three generations of their family had been “Old Christians.” This law was enacted as an attempt to keep out Jews who had fled Spain and Portugal’s Inquisitions and were seeking new homelands. Today, many people living in America’s southwest are finding that their ancestors were in fact Jewish but hid it, making them Crypto-Jews. It’s interesting to run into an ancestral brick wall only to find out that they were Jewish and for several generations the descendants did not know.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Lies of the Lion Available here:

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What’s A Crypto-Jew?

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Crypto means, “hidden, covered, secret” and a Crypto-Jew is one who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith, usually Christianity. People throughout the world are finding that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews. During Spain, Portugal and Mexico’s Inquisitions, many Jews had no other choice but to “pretend” they were Christians. Behind closed doors they practiced their religion but it was so dangerous to do so, many chose not to reveal it to their children, thus their descendants grew up not knowing their parents and ancestors were Jews. Today, the information revolution is enabling genealogists and historians to uncover the truth about who our ancestors were. The Crypto-Jewish movement has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years and I expect this trend to continue because of the great love of genealogy.

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Hitler’s Mustache

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“Of course the handlebar mustache of the day before yesterday was a far more formidable affair than the hemstitched line on the upper lip of our own motion-picture idols or the little brush copied from Charlie Chaplin by the late, unlamented Adolf Hitler.” Historian John Tasker Howard.

I always wondered how Hitler’s mustache came about. This historian was given the honor of writing historical notes in a book of songs by Stephen Foster, (Camptown Races, Oh Susanna) so he is a respected scholar. I’d like to take his word for it because I am tired of seeing pictures of Hitler and wondering, “Where did he come up with the idea that a mustache like that was attractive?”

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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We’re All Different But Some of Us are Minorities

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You might not think of a Caucasian as a minority but I often feel like one and today I understand why. When my mother’s ancestors came to New Amsterdam they called themselves the “Low Dutch.” They came from the lowlands of Holland and wanted to distinguish themselves from those of Germanic heritage who were also referred to as “Dutch.” Nor were the “Low Dutch” English, they made that clear. History shows the “Low Dutch” as being an unusual group of immigrants who made their way from back east into Kentucky and encouraged the young ones to marry within the group. Eventually the old folks worst fears were imagined and the descendants of the “Low Dutch” intermarried with the English, the Scots, the Irish, the Scots-Irish and probably the Germans. They fell in love with immigrants from all over the world. But my views on life are sometimes a bit counter to mainstream America and I find myself feeling like a minority. There isn’t much one can do about that except to keep on keepin’ on with their culture however odd it may seem to others. As my mother used to say, “It takes all kinds.”

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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What Is a Philistine?

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Philistine comes from the name of one of the ancient groups who descended upon Egypt and the Lebanon over 4,000 years ago, the Pelesets. Egyptian artists drew the Pelesets on temple walls and depicted them with tasseled kilts and helmets with a cluster of horsehair, feathers or reeds sticking up.

Much the same way the word “barbarian” is used to describe someone as “uncouth”, philistine is used to portray one who is “uncultured, unenlightened” or “antagonistic to those of artistic or poetic temperament.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Descendants of the Northmen … Britain’s Royal Family

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I don’t imagine they call him Prince William for nothing. I think we can all rest assured that Prince William is indeed a descendant of Duke William of Normandy because the Norman flag has an iconic cross that today shows prominently upon the Queen’s diamond crown.

The Normans who invaded England in 1066 were of the same heritage as the Northmen (think Vikings). Norman derives from the word Northmen. Although the invasion was destructive, deadly to many English troops and King Harold, I’ve read that the Normans who invaded England in 1066 were mellower than the Vikings. History shows the Northmen as violent invaders who settled down and adapted to the lifestyle of those they invaded. In the instance of Normandy, these Northmen had settled into the farming life of the area that is now Northern France and the men had taken French wives. It gets confusing if one desires to have clean-cut lines for culture and ethnicity but life isn’t like that.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Where and What is Canaan? The Promised Land?

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Geographically, Canaan is situated in the Middle East and surrounded by the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The Ancient Israelites had a prophecy that Canaan was the land of milk and honey and that God promised it to them for “life everlasting.”

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Do You Have Questions About Freemasonry, Religion and Ancestry?

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I find fiction a great way to explore our curiosities. Mine is a deep fascination with Freemasonry and its connection to early Colonial America. In my novels I hope I encourage the reader to ask such questions as: Who were the Knights Templar? What do they have to do with Colonial America? Why are the Knights Templar credited with establishing the banking system? After the Inquisition did the Knights Templar pirate ships? Why the Star of David in the Masonic Lodge? There are many answers to these questions. I hope you enjoy mine.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

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The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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Crypto-Jewish Ancestors In Your Family Tree?

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Many of the Jews that were forced to leave Spain had previously (for their safety and security) converted to Christianity. Many knew quite a bit about how to pose as a Christian and probably even more knew how to keep their mouths shut. Perhaps it was during such trying times that the old saying, “don’t ever argue religion or politics,” became popular. For a Jew residing in a medieval Christian kingdom … good advice.

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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David, Davis, Davidson… a Link to King David or Did Your Family Just Like the Name?

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I asked a Jewish friend if she had known any Arabs named David. “No”, she said, “too much of a king of the Jews name.” Good point. There are Christian Arabs but David is not a common name although it is mentioned in a list of masculine Arabic names as Da’ud or Dawud meaning “beloved” or in the naming of a son after the Prophet David whom I assume they mean King David. I can think of five Davids in my immediate extended family, either first or middle names. Most of us know a David. Yes, it is a common name and who knows how many Davids were named because it was a beautiful name? But who knows how many Davids were named because it was a continued pattern, whether conscious or not to retain Jewish identity? Similar sounding surnames David, Davidson, Dovid, Davids, Davi, Davis, Daves, Davin, Davins, Davala, Daviu, Davies, Daud, Daud Ibn, Davila, Davilla and Davision. One French ancestor of mine is “David des Marets”. Marets sounds and looks like “Marais” (swamp), the name of the old Jewish Quarter on the Left Bank in Paris. And similar to Marais is Lake Mariout, also spelled Maryut or Mariut, near Alexandria Egypt where there was an ancient Essene community on the shores of this lake and an area where thousands of Jews lived. Be open-minded to various spellings and go with the way a name sounds.

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:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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