Monthly Archives: March 2016

Religion & Genealogy… Is Jesus in Your Family Tree?

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Secret GenealogyIt does not matter to me whether Jesus lived or died. But if pushed, I’d like to believe that he lived. I think he was a wonderful man. Now mind you, I might believe this because I’ve been taught about Jesus and his teachings, probably since the day I was born. My father was a particularly strong believer.

I can’t tell you how many times people have gotten in my face and told me that the Bible is nothing but a fairy tale and that Jesus may never have existed. As a Christian, I had to deal with that question. What if everything I was taught was a fairy tale? I was not dissuaded. You can take everything away and we are still left with the essence of the teachings attributed to Jesus.

SecretGenealogyIIFrontCoverWhat’s all this got to do with genealogy? People are claiming that they can trace their lineage back to the Holy Family. I stumbled across the most elaborate family tree I think I’ve ever seen. They trace back to Charlemagne and then go even further and link to the Holy Family. Yes… that Holy Family, the one that Jesus, Mary and Joseph belong to. I have to admit, I’m skeptical. But I also have to admit that it is very intriguing. And brings to mind the saying…  it could happen. But did it?

Here’s a shortened version of the elaborate family tree story: Pontius Pilatus was bribed to spare Jesus. For appearances, he had to hold a crucifixion but he had Jesus and the other two men taken down after nine hours. The family tree story claims that “early” Biblical text states that Jesus suffered on the cross. Much later it was edited to Jesus “died” on the cross.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

So it begs the question… if Jesus lived to have a family, could someone legitimately trace that far back?

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

Finding Our Crypto-Jewish Ancestry… A Reality Show?

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Secret GenealogyI had a dream about a new reality show where people who had suspicions that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews, went to Europe together (especially Amsterdam) and sleuthed around trying to discern if there ancestors were among those who pretended they were Christians when in reality, they were Jews trying to avoid oppressive Christian majorities. It was only a dream but hey… it was a good show. The participants were equipped with their notes and the looks on their faces showed there was competitiveness involved as well. A little bit like the television show, “The Amazing Race.”SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

I think I’ve had this dream, because the race to find Crypto-Jews in our family trees has gained momentum. And I’d like to think that our ancestors had something to do with that. They may not be here now but they left us clues. It may have taken us hundreds of years to look seriously at those clues but the ancestors are there in those clues. It is their faces, super-imposed on ours that I saw in the dream. It is a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a conspiracy as deep as any. Our ancestors stories have been frozen in time, their bodies like those in a wax museum. But their clues bring them to life again. Our smiles are their smiles when we uncover their clues. We are working with them.

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIII have, on numerous occasions, felt that the ancestors watched over my shoulder as my tired eyes poured through history books, Bible concordances and Internet websites. Often, it was as if they shadowed my hands and guided me to the answers. If you suspect that a root of your Christian ancestors is a Jewish one, by all means, take up the hunt. There are a lot of us out there. It is more than just a dream.

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

Genealogy… Bringing Crypto-Jews into the Light

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It’s been about ten years since I got the bug… uncovering the Crypto-Jewish roots of my ancestors. I fell in, head over heels. What’s not to love? Images of medieval men and women, affluent, informed, in period costume, posing as deacons in a church or as Huguenots during the Reformation. Religious scholars arguing about messianic theology, translating Hebrew Bibles and investing in shiploads of exotic spices.

I can’t say there is no shame in it because there was. The people who came before us exploited Natives for their own selfish pursuit of wealth. The Golden Era of Amsterdam was built upon that exploitation. Much of the architecture that we admire throughout the world was built by slave labor. No one can escape that reality.

I am grateful that today, genealogists are sharing the history of medieval times and the Renaissance era, including bringing our Crypto-Jewish ancestors into the light. There is no shame in that.New The Lies of the Lion Kindle Cover

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

… and The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

What is a Democratic Socialist?

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Chimney FireI am not a political scientist. I grew up with a father who was a capitalist. Not a wealthy capitalist but someone who built a furniture business from the ground up. When my brother, sister and I were young, our mother stayed home to raise us but in the evenings, my father would bring home the receipts from his furniture business and she would do the bookkeeping. They also collected antiques, especially clocks and they ran that like a business too. I saw that private enterprise (capitalism) was a good thing. My parents paid their fair share of taxes and abided by the rules and had a lot of fun running their own show.

Enter Bernie Sanders, a man who calls himself a “democratic socialist.” As I said, I am not a political scientist but I do have a dictionary and I love to look these things up. One thing I found in my favorite dictionary, an old Webster’s from the 1930’s, is that a socialist distrusts the capitalist’s control of industry. Okay… but then if capitalists don’t control industry, who does? The government? That doesn’t sound so great to me. My experience with the government is mediocracy and long lines. My view of capitalism is simplistic but we lived well and we had a lot of freedom. Though we were not rich.

New Hot Snow CoverThe word democracy, is French demos (the people) Kratein (to rule), kratos (authority). The United States of America is a democracy. “Of the people, by the people, for the people.” We the people are supposed to have the supreme power and the government is exercised through representation. We vote for people to represent us. There is a lot of dissatisfaction in our representatives. I include myself in that dissatisfaction. Webster’s says that a democracy believes in social equality without snobbery. That word throws me, it isn’t your normal political jargon but I will accept it as an attempt to explain democratic values. In other words, social equality excludes no one. We’re all in this together, share and share alike?

When we get into the definition of a socialist we get into economic theory. Words and phrases like collective, governmental ownership and democratic management are used in reference to the production and distribution of goods. Unfortunately, the idea of government distributing our items of sustenance is not appealing. On the other hand, when capitalists get greedy and have a stronghold on the people’s needs, getting something mediocre from the government is still better than not being able to afford it and not getting it at all. Take one look at what the future has in store for our basic water needs. Greedy capitalists are already working to control the distribution.

I’m looking for a political system that affords me the luxury of a wide assortment of goods to choose from. I’m willing to pay more money if I want the best. And I like a wide assortment of affordable goods and services too. But if I fall upon hard times, I like knowing that there is a governmental system in place, a social service that will interview me, access my needs and help me to get back on my feet again. Oh! That sounds like America. I can’t say that I like it exactly as it is, but I like it. I have had a good life as an American.

Suellen Ocean is the author of The Steinberg Conspiracy Series. Available here:

Book One, Chimney Fire: http://www.amazon.com/Chimney-Fire-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B00XDCPLEW

Book Two, Hot Snow: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Snow-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B014XHUT1K