I’ve never been more convinced that millions of Americans have Jewish ancestors that hid the fact that they were Jewish. I can’t blame them for posing as non-Jews but I do think that it’s a pity that they had to. Their lives and the lives of their families were threatened. They did what they had to, to survive.
Fast forward to today. Millions of people are getting DNA tests and finding that they have Jewish ancestry. And they are shocked. And shocking it is. Who knew? We know now. Yet finding this out does not answer our questions. It only poses new ones. Why did they hide? When did they begin hiding it? It’s a fun journey into ancient Jewish history. There are many trails that lead us back to the ancient Tribe of Judah.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering 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/dp/0965114082
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X