I can’t help but wonder where all of the people are coming from who come to this blog to read about Rh negative blood and how it might relate to their being Jewish. My research led me to believe that Rh negative is not common in the Jewish population, except small populations of Oriental Jews in Israel and in Iran who were there when it was called Persia and probably before. It’s a funny thing, this blood type. It’s found in North Africa (think Berbers and Morocco) and goes up into the Basque regions of Spain and France. I got my dusty old globe out and put my finger on Morocco and spun it around. It’s easy to see how the ships that carried immigrants and slaves to the New World sailed right up to Florida and New England. The curiosity though is wondering who these ancestors were that gave us this unusual blood type. It could have been a Persian Jewish slave trader during the 1600’s who took liberties with his female slaves. It could be a desert roaming Bedouin of the Berber tribe who went with the Muslims when they conquered Spain long, long ago. It could be someone from the Basque population, those people whose language and this rare blood type conjure up unusual theories as to who they are and where they came from. It could come from a nomadic trader, long ago, traveling the spice route, having a love affair with a woman from one of the above mentioned groups.
Get a world map out and put your finger on Morocco. Run it to the west and you will wind up in the southern reaches of America. Run it a little north and you’ll reach Spain and France and the Basque region. Run it to the east and you’ll reach Iran, where long, long ago, small groups of Jews made their homes and perhaps their descendants are still there today. That brings up another question. Who were these ancient Iranian Jews and why were they in Persia? Was it even called Persia back then?
I’m working on a new book, Secret Genealogy V, Black & White Ancestors in Our Family Trees. I’ll see what I can find out and if I discover anything, I’ll include it. Until then… we keep wondering and wondering…
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:
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
Secret Genealogy IV: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105