Monthly Archives: July 2016

Genealogy… Your Caribbean Ancestors May Have Been Jews

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Secret GenealogyYou might think that it was too long after the Inquisition to assume that ancestors who went to the Caribbean islands in the 1600’s were Jews escaping persecution. But there’s evidence that they were. Even if it took them a long time to get there.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

In the late 1400’s, Jews left Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition. They emigrated north to the Netherlands. In about 1650, their Jewish descendants emigrated to a Caribbean island known as Curacao. It was a Dutch colony where the Jews were able to build a cemetery. Sephardic Jews (and later the Ashkenazic Jews) emigrated to the New World from Central and Eastern Europe. Their destinations were the Caribbean colonies of Jamaica, Barbados, Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Dutch Saint Eustatius. The history of those colonies show large Jewish Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIpopulations. As the years went by, they may have converted to Christianity. Like everyone else, they identified with their beloved countries so spoke the language of their new country. Yes, they were Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and other Eastern Europeans but they may have also been Jews.  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, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

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

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Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

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Are Freckles the Remnants of Our Black Ancestors?

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I have always wondered if freckles and/or dark moles on white skin is a reminder of black ancestry. A mole is a spot, mark, or small permanent inherited protuberance on the body. Also known as a pigmentary nevus. In medicine, pigmentary refers to an excessive deposit of color. Pigmentary also refers to a birthmark.

During the 1980’s, in an attempt to understand skin cancer in children, the Germans studied almost nineteen-hundred children and one or both of their parents. Combing through the study I saw this phrase, “Freckles are thought to represent clones of mutated melanocytes.”

Melano means black, dark. Having black hair and dark skin is melanic, stemming from the word melano which means dark or black. What are the melanocytes that mutated that cloned and turned into freckles?

The “cyte” portion of the word melanocytes means connection with, relation to, derives from, etc.

Black skin > black skin mutates> black mutated skin clones itself>black mutated skin that cloned itself becomes freckles

Did I get that right?

Children whose parents had a higher number of moles on their arms and had sun-sensitive skin and freckles on their face were more prone to lesions that lead to melanoma. In case you’re wondering, the study recommends that parents protect their children against mild to moderate sun exposure, use sun-protective clothing, seek shade and keep the kids out of the sun when it is most intense. Unfortunately, I don’t think sunscreen can be trusted. And avoiding the sun entirely is not an option. Our bodies make Vitamin D when the oils on our skin are exposed to sunlight. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V – Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy V

Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family/dp/153518972X

What Exactly is the Bible?

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Secret GenealogyMany of us grow up thinking that the Bible is one big book. The original Greek word for Bible meant, “books.” Not “book.” When were they written? Over a period of about 1600 years. The first part of the Bible is the Old Testament written before the life of Jesus. It contains thirty-nine books. The New Testament focused on Jesus as the Messiah, it has twenty-seven books. Thirty-nine and twenty-seven? That’s sixty-six books. It’s a small library.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Bible was written by about forty different authors. Which means that it has forty different takes on life. In these books, we find laws, history, poetry, prophesies, parables and wisdom. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the language of the Jews. The New Testament was written in Greek. It requires an open mind to read the Bible objectively. If someone asks you if you believe every word of the Bible, you’d better think twice before answering yes. The good book is full of contradictions, archaic laws and draconian practices. Take from it the thoughtful, peaceful words of wisdom that speak to you. Leave the rest to history.

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIISuellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  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/1484053222Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

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

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What is the Difference Between Black Lives and White Lives?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThere is no difference between blacks and those whose skin color is otherwise. This was never brought home more clearly than through researching for a book I wanted to write about African American genealogy. There is no “race.” There are only people from the same human family whose ancestors stayed near or below the equator or went north to colder climates. The differences between ethnic groups are mostly cultural. Yes, there are some biologic variations, much like an oak tree growing in the Arizona desert is different than one growing along the California coastline.  There is no “us” and “them.” There is only “us,” and “we” are “all” in big trouble if “we” don’t understand that. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees, available here:

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family/dp/153518972X

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

 

 

The Curiosities of Rh-negative Blood

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This week I received a comment on this blog:

“Hello..I see I’m not the only one!..I am also a 30 yr old Africa American with Blackfoot ancestors and yes, Rh-negative blood. Have you found any further findings about as to how our blood type came to be?? I admit my life has changed quit a bit also. I’m soo curious NOW!”

I love the enthusiasm that people have regarding their ancestry. I too get excited, even after all these years. There are various speculations about how this blood type came to be. If I had to give a simple answer, I would tell those with Rh-negative blood type that it probably means that you have British ancestors, particularly Scottish or Irish. I don’t think though, that the short answer is good enough. I have spent more time trying to figure out the history (I too am Rh-negative) and have devoted another chapter to it in the newest book in this series, Secret Genealogy V, Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. The paperback version is available here:

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The ebook will be available for sale on July 19th, 2016. You can pre-order it here:

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

I appreciate everyone’s interest! Fascinating, isn’t it?

Suellen

Genealogy… the Signs of Slavery

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Secret GenealogyGood God, who in the world wants to think about slave markets when they do their genealogy? It is a most unpleasant thought. We all know though, that those “markets” existed. On a New Orleans building in 1895, the sign was still there… Slaves for Sale. You would think someone would have at least painted over it. It’s not like it was an ad for aftershave or soda pop. And it had been about thirty years since the end of the war. Ironically, a black man bought the building and ran it as a hotel.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

Abraham Lincoln visited one of those slave markets and because he did not like what he saw, slavery ended with the Civil War. When he was young, Abe went down the Mississippi River on a flat boat loaded with produce. After he sold his produce, he went to a slave mart with an acquaintance named Hanks. After they left, Abe was angrier than hell. “Hanks,” he said, “if ever I get a chance to hit that thing, I’ll hit it hard, by the ever living God.”

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIIf you’re searching for black ancestry, the signs of slavery are everywhere. I don’t know if you ever get used to it. But if you have anything pertaining to slaves or slavery to bring to the genealogical field; family letters, wills, oral history… please, please, please share it. We owe it to those who are unable to tell their own stories.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

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, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:

Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy V

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

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU