Monthly Archives: September 2012

The “Masonic” Barn Star? Or is it the Star of David?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThe very first five-pointed star may have been found by archaeologists. Known as a pentagram, it is also historically Solomon’s Seal, used by the King of Judah in the 10th century B.C.E. Solomon was the son of King David. Today the Star of David that adorns the flag of the nation of Israel is six-pointed but there are those who believe that originally the five-pointed star (pentagram) was used earlier.Secret Genealogy As for Masonic barn stars, Masonic rituals vary within regions. One area may use Islamic icons for their rituals while another may use those based on Judaism and Christianity. One would probably have to ask individual barn owners what their star symbolized. Maybe in Kentucky we’d receive answers referring to the Civil War while in Indiana it could signify folk art. I pass one regularly out in front of a BBQ restaurant and I suspect it is meant to give one the impression of Texas. Stars are popular everywhere but depending upon how they are poised, sometimes you get the feeling it is a political or philosophical statement. I tried asking a Kentucky gentleman who lived across the street from a huge barn with a huge star on it. He acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about so good luck with that. When you figure it out … please let me know.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

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, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

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

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

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Genealogy: The Cold Trail of Our Ancestors

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Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity and changes their name for the sole purpose of changing their ethnic identity. When they change both first and last names or Anglicized it beyond recognition, as was often the case in Colonial America when the English ran the show, it leaves you with an icy cold trail because basically, the act is almost like “killing” the former identity.

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 Inspired Me to Write About Secret Societies & the Masons?

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I was inspired to write about the Knights Templar and the Masons during the excitement surrounding Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” My son Shane was constantly schooling me about what he’d learned regarding secret societies and it inspired me to start looking into my own family’s ties to the Masons. For over fifty years both of my grandmothers were Eastern Star (the female branch of the Masons). My mother said her mother told her, “There are secrets I can’t tell you.”

My father was especially fascinated with the Masons and spoke of them in whispered tones, as if he had things he longed to tell me but couldn’t. He had no idea he was planting seeds in my mind nor that as an adult, I would one day follow up on his cryptic whisperings. To my knowledge he was not a Mason but I believe his father was because my father’s mother was an Eastern Star and it was usually a family member who brought women into the society.
The weirdest thing happened to me a few years ago. It truly was a dark, stormy night and I thought I would get on the web and see if I could find secrets regarding my family’s ties to Masonry. I googled Knights Templar and started getting into some pretty trippy UK websites. I was using my father’s name to see if I had ancestry by the same name. I found some interesting info so I clicked on “print” and the printer made all kinds of noise and made marks on the paper but the only thing it printed was the word “why?” As the thunder clapped outside and the wind and pounding rain shook the windowpane next to me, I was carried into a spell. It was probably just a strange co-incidence but I must say, it felt like someone was monitoring my research and wanted to know “why” I wanted to know.

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

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Genealogy: Do You Have a Benjamin in Your Family Tree?

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Benjamin is a Hebrew name meaning “Son of the right hand”. If your family tree has a Benjamin it could be that your ancestors had an affinity for the ancient Israelites. Used alone, Ben means “Son of”. You will find the Hebrew prefix Ben, used abundantly in Hebrew names as in Ben Jacobs, of course meaning “Son of Jacob”. It makes it hard to trace our ancestors when their ethnicity and or religion changed from Hebrew to Hebrew- Christian and eventually to Christian, but knowing the origins of both first names and surnames is a great place to start.

 

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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The Exodus, Canaan, Egypt & All That … Simplified

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Moses was the guy who well over a thousand years ago led the Israelites out of Egypt and not to the “Promised Land” of Canaan but to a hill overlooking it. The Israelites leaving Egypt is called the “Exodus.” Canaan was the Israelites’ “Land of Milk and Honey” which they believed was their destiny through a Biblical prophecy.

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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