Nice To See It When People Are “Open” to Their Ancestry…


It’s refreshing to see people who are completely open to who their ancestors were. I mean seriously, it’s not like you can change it. I see where problems could arise in knowing something uncomfortable about our forefathers and mothers, especially if they were “bad” people. But we have so many people in our family trees, we’re going to find both good and bad people. I suppose we should prepare ourselves for a few shocks, but at the same time, prepare ourselves to get over it and move on. I doubt we can find anyone who doesn’t have both slave and slaveholder, somewhere in our family tree. And the Vikings, they were c’est terrible. But millions of us carry their DNA. Those guys really got around. If you’re of Middle Eastern descent, the Vikings went into Lebanon with their longboats. If you’re English, Irish or Scottish, the Vikings invaded your islands. I’ve read about Englishmen/women who go to great lengths to prove their genealogical trails do not trace back to the Vikings. (Their violent reputations will never be forgotten.) And there’s evidence that long before Christopher Columbus arrived in America, the Vikings were here first. They were in Russia too. And of course if you have Scandinavian ancestry, well, that’s where the Vikings came from. Tag… you’re it.

Sorry for singling out the Vikings. I’ve been watching the series by that name and it makes me think of some of my own Scandinavian ancestry. And to their credit, the Vikings settled down in the countries they invaded. It’s said that they became more Irish than even the Irish themselves. Let’s all lighten up and have fun with genealogy and history!

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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    • Yes, they were all over the world. They designed their boats to maneuver inlets that went from the sea up rivers. Their blue eyes were striking. In Lebannon, they were known as “the men from the north.” I think they were in the Black Sea area too. The history of them coming to America’s Atlantic Coast is interesting. The story of their settlements in Greenland is also fascinating. They had a sort of democratic gathering called, “the thing.” I believe remnants of that appear in our governing system. My old dictionary describes “thing” as an old Norse/Danish word. “In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly, held in a fixed place, the thingstead.”

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