Monthly Archives: January 2015

Who Were the Old Southerners?

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Originally, the southern part of America was home to Indian tribes. After their land was “ceded,” the old south was primarily populated by the English. Latinos populated the land previously held by Mexico, Spain and France. Eventually, other ethnic groups migrated into these Latin areas and Latinos became minorities. Other ethnicities who populated the “old south” were the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Germans. There were French protestants, Huguenots who populated America’s early south, some of who may have been Jewish and hiding their ethnicity to escape persecution. 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 II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

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How Did The Vikings Affect Ireland?

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The Vikings went into Ireland and Scotland and became very possessive of its rivers and streams. Dublin resembled a Danish kingdom. History shows the Vikings as being very aggressive, they are often used as icons for marauders. Danish, Norse and Scandinavian are other names used for the Vikings. Norman is also used and means “Men from the North.” Viking invasions devastated the Native Irish who compared their fate to the Jewish captivity in Babylon. Many Viking invaders married Irish women, settled down and became Christians.

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: Don’t Let Your Surname Fool You

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When Vikings invaded Ireland, many followed the same pattern as they had in France; they married local girls, adopted the culture and mellowed out. You can recognize a Viking name when you see fitz, which means “son of.” However, as is also common in history, people took the naming style of their new surroundings. Many a Viking who assimilated into Ireland added the prefix Mac, thereby making them appear Irish, just as people Anglicized their surnames in Colonial America after England took New Amsterdam from the Dutch.

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 a Bible Thumper?

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Before I chastise anyone for being a “Bible Thumper,” I should at least confess to having been one. Not that I’ve ever been overtly religious but somehow as a child I became fond of “the good book.” Today two copies of it sit beside my desk because I refer to it regularly for ancient history, genealogical research and inspiration.

My father was born and raised in the south and the religion of his family was Baptist. As a child and teenager he attended (quite fondly), what my mother called “revivals.” I have not been to a good old-fashioned southern revival. Out west where I live, revivals have been recycled into rock music festivals where free-spirited people gather in natural settings and occasionally mention the “L” word (LORD) in their songs.

What’s a “Bible Thumper?” It is someone who is constantly preaching about anything and everything and relating it to the Bible. They believe that the Bible is perfect and that we should all live by its words. As I grew into adulthood and listened to scholars, I began to understand the importance of the Bible as an anthology. If it were music, it would be an album. Let’s say the Bible album held twelve songs. Those songs were written by different people and collected at different times. The Bible is very diverse and regularly contradicts itself.

Do I believe in God? Yes I do. Very much, and it brings me great joy. But as I get older, the more I simplify my spiritual beliefs the more joy I experience. I guess I just rejoice in all that is beautiful. I believe that was what Jesus was trying to say. We are all the sons and daughters of God and for that, we should rejoice. Jesus warned us not to worship him. He was like a parent telling his children to go into the world and accept their inheritance… the joy of being the children of God.

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… The Times They are a Changing

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When I was a young adult, people wanted to argue with me about religion. It got very confusing. I had people telling me their religion was the only true religion. They were convinced of that. The religion I was hearing in my left ear was contrary to what I was hearing in my right, yet both proselytizers believed their religion was the truth. I knew they both couldn’t be right. I had one lady stick her high heel in my door so I couldn’t close it, while she shouted offensively. I had a preacher invite me to his tiny church and then rant about short skirts while I sat there wearing one. Civilization has had one too many holy wars and I think most of us have had enough. I’m not Catholic but I appreciate Pope Francis and have faith that he will talk some sense into everyone. People have been arguing about religion for thousands of years. America’s stern forefathers and mothers were were so strict about religion, they were mean. As I sit looking at the natural beauty outside my window, it gives me an understanding, a feeling, just like the prophets of old probably felt. They tried to put it into words and some of them got it right. Thousands of years later their messages are repeated. Let’s hope we continue to hear… peacefully.

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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