Monthly Archives: March 2015

Coerced Confessions… The Heretic History Behind Our Christian Ancestors

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Imagine being arrested for not going to church. In 1480, when the Inquisition was only twelve years away, the Spanish crown decreed that heretics had about thirty days to confess their sins and convert to Christianity. Heretics were those who didn’t believe the way the church wanted them to. In those days being a heretic meant big trouble. Part of a new law called the “Edict of Grace,” encouraged friends and family to report those who refused to go with the program. If someone gave your name, you were arrested and expected to confess. As you can imagine, a medieval prison is not a pretty place, so wanting to return to their homes and families, many confessed to being heretics. It’s ghastly to think that our ancestors may have become Christians because they were tortured into it, but alas, this is one of history’s unpleasant truths.

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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To Muslims, Christians and Jews… Who Was Gabriel?

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Through the eyes of religion and history, Gabriel reminds us of the association between Christians, Jews and Muslims. In Christianity and Judaism, Gabriel is one of the seven archangels. He is an angel of comfort and a herald declaring the coming of the Messiah. For Islam, Gabriel is believed to have dictated the Koran to their prophet, Mohammed. Christians believe that Gabriel appeared to Mary before she became the mother of Jesus. 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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Religious History… What Does Gospel Mean?

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Gospel means godspell or good tidings and is based on the Anglo Saxon word, spell, which means a saying, a tale or a speech, with elements of magical power and the ability to charm, or influence. The first four Biblical books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tell the tale of the life of Jesus and his doctrines, and is known as the Gospel. That’s what’s referred to when we hear of someone, “preaching the Gospel.”

Jesus’s earliest followers had hoped that for both Jew and Gentile, his death would create the Kingdom of God on earth. But because his death did not bring about any such major change, his followers set themselves to the task of reinterpreting his message. Some scholars believe that Jesus’s intention was to spread Judaism and others believe he did not intend to be literally thought of as the Son of God. But after his death, his brother James and a follower named Peter insisted Jesus was a king, angering both the Jews and the Romans.

In the Roman Empire, Jewish Christians, Romans and Greeks, read the religious writings based upon the teachings of Jesus, known today as the Gospel. The Jewish Diaspora brought about the weakening of Orthodox Judaism, and left an opportunity for the new religion, Christianity to fill the void.

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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Narrowing Down the Options for Rh Negative Blood

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Some scientists tell us that Rh Negative blood factor began as a mutation well over 25,000 years ago. Some sources tell us that close to two-thirds of the Basque people carry these genes. Let’s line up the ethnic groups who have high percentages of their population who carry Rh Negative.

Basque

Oriental Jews of Israel

Black Cochin Jews

Samaritans

Moroccan Berbers

Bearing in mind that the Basque language probably originated in ancient Iberia (Spain), the above ethnic groups lead us to Africa and the Middle East. Evidence of the earliest humans is found in Africa. Later they migrated into the Middle East. Those of us with Rh Negative blood are proof that our ancestors were in that part of the world. If it’s believed that Rh Negative blood is a mutation (like blonde hair and blue eyes), having it while a sibling does not, is no different from one sibling having brown hair while the other has blonde. 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… Scenarios of Rh Negative Blood Factor

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I like it that people wind up on my blog looking for answers about Rh Negative blood factor. Questions arise, like… why don’t my brother and sister have this blood type?

To be the sole member in the family with Rh Negative blood doesn’t mean you are adopted or that your mother had an affair. Blood type is inherited and all we can do is speculate where it originated. I search for answers to my own Rh Negative mystery and have come up with several hypothesis. Here’s the latest. Perhaps it will stimulate your imagination and help you unravel your mystery.

Here goes… My great-great-grandmother was a Morris. Morisco means Moor, particularly of Spanish descent. Let’s assume that Morris tells me that my ancestors were Moors. The words are similar enough. The Moors were a multi-ethnic group consisting of Arabs who came from the Arabian Peninsula and natives of northern Africa. The North African natives who were Moors were called Berbers. Some Berbers are light skinned and some are black and they have high percentages of Rh Negative blood. (For more on the Berbers see Secret Genealogy II, the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors.) In 711, the Moors got onto boats, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, landed in Andalusia (Southern Spain), and conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

This history brought the Berbers to Spain and along with them, their Rh Negative blood type. You can leave it to your imagination how the blood type progressed. Let’s use the example of my great-grandmother Morris whose blood type I’ll never know. She was either Scottish or Scots Irish. Where her ancestors came from I do not know but let’s say they descended from Iberians (Spaniards) who immigrated to Scotland and eventually to America.

This is only one of my theories. Another is that I have an ancestor who was an Oriental Jew. Another theory is that I have a Basque ancestor, which fits because the Basque people live along the borderlands of France and Spain.

Another option could be through my father’s ancient ancestors. The surname Rotin is a Sephardic Jewish name from the kingdom of Murcia (in Spain). Murcia is right next to Andalusia. Rh Negative blood could easily have made its way there during the Moorish invasion of 711.

Arabian Peninsula to Northern Africa to Spain to Scotland to America. Imagining different scenarios is fun. Don’t forget Rh Negative blood runs through England’s Royal Family, a very multi-ethnic group due to their creating alliances through marriage with other foreign Royals.

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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Benjamin Netanyahu… We Are Like Family… He Knows His American History

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I smiled today when I heard Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress and say that Americans were like “family.” As a genealogist who writes about the Crypto-Jewish ancestry of America, I heard his statement different than most Americans probably did. Americans who descend from European Colonials often have ancestors with names like Levi, Jacob, Rebecca, Sarah and… Benjamin. Old Testament Biblical names beckon us to look deeper into those family trees and coats of arms. You may be surprised to find out that long before your ancestors were Christian, they were Jewish. Netanyahu knows his American history… well.  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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