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Genealogy… Why Do We Hit a Brick Wall and Where Else Can I Look?

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It’s easy to explain away the end of our ancestral trail by saying things like, “Well, it was a long time ago,” or “People didn’t write things down,” or “People didn’t keep records like they do today,” and those statements may be true. However, there is another aspect to searching for ancestors and that is Schem Hakodesch. What is Schem Hadodesch? It is the sacred Hebrew name given to babies and the name used in Hebrew documents and in the synagogue. But you’re not Jewish, you say. No, maybe you’re not, but that doesn’t mean that your great-great-great-grandfather wasn’t. Starting in the 1100’s Jewish custom was to have two names. One was the above-mentioned Hebrew name, the holy name, the other was a kinouy, also spelled kinnui or kinui, and it was a name that related to that person’s immediate environment, their secular name. Even if the kinouy was similar to the holy name, which they often are, important documents were signed with the holy name, the Schem Hadodesch, which is why you may have lost the trail to your beloved ancestors.

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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Accept Christianity or We’ll Take Your Land

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There were many Christian Crusades. One particular Germanic Crusade enabled aggressive Christians to take the fertile land of Slavic people. The rallying cry of the invaders was simple, convert to Christianity or we will take your land… and they did. Those who refused to convert were killed. When this Crusade reached an ancient community of Polish Slavic peasants who played flutes in the meadows, the Slavs had to learn to make swords and face the Crusaders. The Germanic invaders did not stop. Poland was besieged repeatedly. By 1772, Poland lost almost 100,000 square miles of territory to Austria, Prussia and Russia. By 1795, Poland was entirely overrun, speaking or singing in Polish was outlawed and dire consequences were imposed on children who did not say their prayers in German. The people were imprisoned and spied on for no reason and many innocent people were sent to Siberia to work in the mines. By WWI, it was worse. Nevertheless, in 1919 the Treaty of Versailles reunited Poland. But by the next year (1920), it had been invaded by Russia. With the help of women and children, the Polish people fought the Russians back. By the 1930’s the Polish people still had independence but minorities were not always treated kindly. With WWII came the Nazi invasion. The Nazis filled trains with Jews and whomever they deemed unfit and gassed them to death. Today, next to Malta, Poland is the most Catholic country in Europe.

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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Polish King “Casimir the Great” Welcomed Jews

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European rulers during the Middle Ages were not particularly tolerant of religious movements other than their own. There were Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Pagans. Europe had quite a diverse medieval religious population. When Jews were mistreated and expelled from many parts of Europe, they longed for peace and security. Along came Polish King, Casimir the Great in the middle 1300’s. He welcomed the Jews. They immigrated to Poland from Italy, Spain, France, England, Germany and Bohemia. No doubt when the Nazis rounded up Poland’s Jews and escorted them to their deaths, many were the descendants of Jews who had many years before, accepted the welcome hospitality of King Casimir. 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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