Monthly Archives: December 2014

Genealogy: Contempt Between English Royals and Jews; Jews Seek Safety Under Muslim Rule

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Sir Walter Scott wrote a book called Ivanhoe. Rebecca and Isaac are Jewish characters who in the end, leave England to start a new life in Granada (Spain) where they hope to live in peace and find safety under Moslem law. That sounds strange, because today the western world has developed a fear of the Muslim world. However, it’s true that Jews were treated much better in Spain under Muslim rule than under Christian rule. During the time Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe” takes place, the Jews were the moneylenders who charged interest (Christians were forbidden to partake in this occupation) and made grand loans to royals. Then in return, the royals grew to hate the Jews because they owed them so much money. The Jews were treated horribly, including tortured. This set up a distrust between the Anglos and the Jews and violence came about between the two. In an encyclopedia entry, about the book “Ivanhoe”, it is written, “The Jewish people were the most wretched, for they were at the mercy of both Saxon and Norman.”

Throughout history we find much contempt between different ethnic groups. Through ignorance and a lack of understanding history, that contempt continued through generations. This is why many of us have Jewish ancestry and it is hidden. Like Rebecca and Isaac in the story “Ivanhoe,” our Jewish ancestors wanted to find peace and safety. Unfortunately, they believed hiding their Jewish ancestry was the way to accomplish this.

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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Biblical History: What Kind of Games Did Ancient Jews Play?

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I’ve been reading a Biblical encyclopedia and ran across an entry about games and entertainment. Scouring through the Bible, researchers found that among “serious-minded” Jews, music and dancing was usually of the religious nature. Popular games included archery, and lifting heavy rocks to prove a man’s strength seems also to have been a festive pastime. Children pretended they were grown-up and imitated weddings, much like kids still do today. Ancient Israelite children seemed to have enjoyed playing “funeral” as well. The ancient Israelites loved guessing riddles too.

Ancient Jews who loved and participated in Greek culture were called Hellenists. The Hellenists were no doubt fond of Greece’s love of games. There was Greek boxing and wrestling. And of course the Olympic Games still continue today. Modern-day track meets are modeled after ancient Greek sporting games. The festivities must have been enticing, because there was a lot of controversy when Jews embraced Greek culture. Those disapproving were probably the more “serious-minded.”

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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Religion – What’s the Most Close-Minded Thing Genealogists Run Across?

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Religion can make finding ancestors both easier and harder. Especially if we don’t keep an open mind. I once heard a genealogist say that the hardest point to get across to people searching their family trees was that the spelling of their family names had changed. She said people refuse to accept that their surname was originally spelled differently. “No, no, that’s not them. They spelled it Smith, not Smythe.” I’ve run across that too. And it’s like that with religion. Some folks just refuse to accept that their ancestor’s spiritual beliefs were different in the old country. But no matter what we believe today, we cannot change the spiritual beliefs of our ancestors. But please don’t be disappointed. Be heartened. There is so much we can learn about ourselves and our ancestors by studying the religions of the ancients. It is a life-changing event and one you do not want to miss. 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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Genealogy: Am I Related to Someone Famous?

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How can we make connections going back hundreds of years when trying to find our ancestors? Especially when they have abandoned their original religion and culture, moved across the seas and started new lives. For many of us, our ancestors have really changed. They have changed so much that we don’t recognize them or refuse to because their lives and belief systems are so foreign. Occasionally, a genealogist will find the same profession or brilliance running in the family tree for hundreds of years. There are people who share the same surname as a great musician or mathematician but can’t make any connection to that person other than the surname. The links are lost to the ages. But keep trying. Read all you can about that famous person and make a timeline. Over the years as you find more information, fill in the timeline. Someday you might find some little piece of historical evidence that proves to you that your own musical genius just happens to run in the family tree.

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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eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

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Royal Couple William and Kate… Are They Jewish?

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There’s a lot of hoopla these days about whether the new Royal Couple, William & Kate, are Jewish. What’s the big deal? Millions (probably billions) of us have Jewish ancestry. It is the hardy rootstock of a volume of Americans and Europeans. Why not embrace it? Kate’s mother is a Goldsmith and world famous David Icke has found a source who believes Princess Diana’s mother was a Rothschild. Other genealogists insist that William is of the Davidic branch of Jews. How many David’s do you know? Are they Davidic? Perhaps not but just as that apple tree gives forth a delightful variety on its grafted limbs, so our ancient Semitic ancestry provided us with genetic material with which we were free to procreate with other peoples of the world. Be fruitful and multiply the bible told them. And they did. 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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eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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