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Genealogy: How Many Times Must I Ask Myself? They Were Jewish? Are You Kidding Me?

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It’s been at least five years, and I’ve written six books on the topic and I still shake my head in disbelief and ask myself, “Are you kidding? Jewish?” Unbelievable. Both my mother and father may have heard hints of it, but it didn’t sink in. I don’t believe they understood that their ancestors were Jewish. What a kick. I only wish they could have lived long enough to understand their colorful genealogy. My father with his bible and Christian teachings, the Christian prayer book he read daily, the bible verses my mother wrote on the family message board, the Sunday school teachings, the pictures of her mother holding flowers for the Lutheran church altar, all paint a picture of devout Christian belief. But before all these practices, is a history of names and clues that uncover a Jewish legacy that dates back thousands of years. Who’d a thunk? 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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Genealogy: But They Went to Christian Church Every Sunday

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Amateur Genealogists find it difficult to believe that their ancestors were Jewish. They see proof that Great-great-grand-mama was enrolled in a Christian congregation and that the rest of the family continued the tradition, so there is no way she could have been Jewish. Today we have greater access to shared ancestral and historical records and with an open mind and the instinct to follow the right leads, we can look back on those traditions and see where our Jewish ancestors reached a fork in the road and took a new path to Christianity. 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:

Paperback:

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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They Were Christians and They Held a High Seat in the Synagogue?

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For heavens sake, is it just me or does the expression, “High seat in the synagogue,” sound Jewish? This expression is one of many you may run across, once you develop an eye and ear for it. I don’t know why, after five years, I’m still shaking my head about Jewish ancestry on both my parent’s trees. I guess it’s because they were SO religious and that religion was Christian. All the clues I’ve compiled do nothing to remove that feeling of amazement that my ancestors were Jewish. It’s like following along in your own Dan Brown novel, looking for clues and uncovering ancient truths. No, actually, it’s better because we all know, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” 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:

Paperback:

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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Inquisitional Arrests of Mexican Jews

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When the Spanish Inquisition came to the New World, it extended into Mexico and became the Mexican Inquisition. The Mexican Inquisition brought with it continued persecution of the Jews. One was arrested if they lacked the necessary certificate, Pureza de la sangre, which translated means “purity of the blood,” proving that one was not Jewish. With the threat of arrest, it’s no wonder many Sephardic Jews in the New World hid their ethnic roots. The abundance of Old Testament names amongst the Latin community leaves evidence of a religion and culture much loved by those who were forced to abandon it. 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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