Category Archives: African American Genealogy

Rh-Negative Blood, Ancient Iberians, Gaul, Gaelic, Celtic… Confusing. Don’t ya Think?

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When you hear the word Gaul (pronounced gol) you can think France, for it was the name formerly used for that geographical area. A Frenchman is sometimes referred to as a Gaul. Before it was France, it was called Gallia by the Romans who with Caesar’s leadership, conquered the area. Caesar’s Gaul was populated mostly by the Celts. Back then, it held more territory than today’s France. Gaul encompassed Belgium, some of Germany, Switzerland and Holland. Northern Italy was included too, it was considered Gallia Cisalpina.

The Gaels, on the other hand, (pronounced gales) are the Gaelic branch of the Celts, particularly those that wound up in the Scottish Highlands. The Gaelic word for it is Gaidheal (also pronounced gale). To go back in time further, before Gael it was Goidel. The Goidels were a round-headed Alpine people who mixed with the darker-skinned, long-headed people who became the Celts. For more information on the ancient Iberians, especially if you’re interested in the Rh-negative blood type, see Chapter V of Secret Genealogy V – Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family TreesAvailable here: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

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

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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:

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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

 

Rh-negative Blood, African Americans and Ancient Iberians

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VPeople who have Rh-negative blood have a strong curiosity about where it came from. Those who have it sometimes find it unsettling but fear not, it is an inherited trait like brown or blue eyes. If you have ancestors from the British Isles, it may very well have come from them. Today’s African Americans are more genetically like European Americans than they are like their African ancestors. When the English took New Amsterdam from the Dutch, renaming it New York, the English greatly colonized the American South and their plantations brought indigenous Africans to work them, hence the English DNA in many of today’s black population. The Rh-negative blood could have come from ancestors who were Iberian fishermen who populated Spain’s coastal regions, and migrated to Britain between 4,000 and 5,000 BC.  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-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

If You’re Black Are You a Black-White? If You’re White Are You a White-Black?

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Secret GenealogyI write genealogy books and my latest is, Black, White and Hamite, Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. It’s scheduled for publication later this summer. My father’s ancestry and some of my mother’s were in the South during the colonial era. For years, I’ve wondered if I have any black ancestors. If so, somebody (or everybody) is doing a good job of covering it up. I can understand that. After the Civil War, during Reconstruction, controlled by a white government, Mississippi was highly concerned that black and white folks might be mixing it up a little… maybe even a lot. And they were. For years black and white people were having fun together. I’m not talking about the abuse that was rampant throughout history, I’m talking about people who genuinely enjoyed one another’s company, including sexually. Mississippi instated the Black Code, making the punishment for black and white intermixing, life in prison.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

Thank God those days are behind us. Today, we are free to discuss genealogy and DNA. If what scientists tell us is true (everyone’s original ancestor was black) then that makes white people… white-blacks. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the subject and I am finding research that says that the majority of America’s blacks are genetically more like the English than the Africans. So are they black-whites? Kinda yes, kinda no. Definitely yes, definitely no. With so much admixing, we just are… who we are. All different shades between black and white. Who the ancestors were that gave us these different skin shades… that’s the real story.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IVHand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

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 and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden 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/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

 

 

Old World Fantasies About Rh Negative Blood Type…

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Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IVI 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 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 and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden 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/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

Rh-Negative Blood types in African Americans… a Cluster? Yes

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Secret GenealogyA cluster is a bunch, group, collection, band or mass of something. And we have it, right here, on this blog site. Hundreds of people are coming to this blog to read about Rh-negative blood factor in African-Americans. Each week, the numbers grow larger. I’m assuming the people are black, looking for the reason why their blood is Rh-negative. Or maybe not the reason why, but who their ancestors were that gave them this unusual blood type. I’ve been doing more research (I’m working on Secret Genealogy V – Africans in Our Family Tree), and honestly, I don’t know if I’ll be able to tell you much more than I already have but I’ll keep working on it. We’ve got to prove we’re not aliens from another planet. That was a joke… but you know what they say… many a truth is said in jest. Who are we anyway?Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

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 and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden 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/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

 

 

African Secret Genealogy… So Many Ancient Roads to Travel

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Secret GenealogyAs many of you know, I write about genealogy, in an “outside the box” fashion. We’ve been spoon-fed Biblical history in Sunday school and world history has been laid out before us in textbooks, movies and documentaries. But there is waaaaaay too much left uncovered.

The people of the world, really are intertwined. We all have ethnicities in our DNA that would not surprise us… it would shock us. Of course, we all know that white people can and do have African ancestors and we all know that black people can and do have white ancestors. And Asians… and Indians… and Middle Easterners… and Europeans… can and do have the DNA of a variety of ancestors. And I’ve written about African genealogy in my previous Secret Genealogy books but now it’s time to devote a whole book to it. I’ve always wanted to, but didn’t know if I could. But when I started writing a new Secret Genealogy book, the African chapter kept growing and growing… so it is standing tall as its own book, Secret Genealogy V – Africans in Our Family Trees. I have no idea when it will be finished, these books have minds of their own. But I thought I’d let everyone know that it is in the works and I’m enjoying the journey.

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 and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden 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/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