Category Archives: Ancient History

What Kind of Jews Were My Ancestors? Iranian? Russian? Sephardic? Having Fun With Gedmatch

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You may have heard the news this year. They found the Golden State Killer and Gedmatch helped find him. Relatives of his, uploaded their DNA onto the site from their DNA testing company and law enforcement figured out who the killer was through familial DNA matches. Aside from the weirdness of even considering that one of your relatives might be a serial killer, the site is a lot of fun. It’s a little complicated at first, everything is so foreign, but you can get the hang of it. If I can do it, you can do it too. The admixture calculators are the easiest and there are lots and lots of world populations to explore by comparing your DNA. For instance, there are lots of entries for “Jews,” Iranian Jews, Sephardic Jews, etc. So far, everything I’ve done on the site has been free. I had to upload my raw data from the testing company I used, 23andMe. After I did that, Gedmatch gave me a “kit number” which is used like a password so you can compare your DNA with others or analyze a colorful pie chart of your various population groups. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes. Available here:

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Genealogy and Middle Eastern Ancient History… What’s an Iberian?

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I’ve written a number of posts about the Iberian question. It’s an answer highly sought, especially now that DNA testing companies are telling people that they have Iberian ancestry. The problem with genealogy is that it’s not fixed, it’s fluid. So were the Iberians.

It was the ancient Greeks who gave the Iberians their name, due to the fact that they called the southwest peninsula of Europe, Iberia. The Romans called it Hispania. The Greeks probably called the people Iberians because they lived along the Ebro river. (Ebro is Latin for Iberus. Yes, the spelling is slightly different.) These Iberians are known to be the first to settle in southwest Europe.

Celtic Tribes entered the scene as invaders. As aggressive warriors are known to do, they take women. So there’s that DNA too. Today, we can look to the Basque people as the descendants of these two groups who intertwined. But then, we can go sideways and ask, what “ethnicities” made up a Celtic tribe?

If you’re not confused enough already, the geographical location of the country that today is called Georgia (north of Armenia/south of the Caucasus) was called Iberia too. These Iberians were the descendants of ancient Iranians. My research on Rh-negative blood type, reminds me that ancient Iranian Jews have a high percentage of Rh-negative as do the Basque (Iberians). So there’s that too. 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, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family, Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here:

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What’s A Gadfly? A Gossip? Someone of the Twelve Tribes of Israel?

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Gad was one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Gad was Jacob’s son. He went to Egypt with his father Jacob and his brothers. Another historical figure named Gad was a counselor to Jewish King David. Gad was a chronicler who wrote about David. Gad is also the name of an Asian idol who brought good fortune. Gad/God. Pretty close to God. “Eh gads.” Gad is a way for someone to say God without saying it. To gad means to wander idly. We all like to gadabout sometimes. That’s a real word. A gadby is a simpleton and gad means to goad. And if we rove about idly, we become a gadabout or a gadder. I think it may sometimes refer to someone who wanders about gossiping, a gadfly. An insect that bites cattle and horses (horse fly) is also called a gadfly. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

The Essenes Were Jews

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The Essenes were an ancient spiritual group (with a few loners who chose to live in solitude) who practiced communal living two centuries before Jesus. There is speculation today that some of Jesus’s beliefs were influenced by this ancient sect that combined Judaism with Asian rules and rituals. They spent their days praying and like Orthodox Jews today, they studied the sacred writings. They frowned on priesthoods and shared their possessions equally. They spoke of “angels,” including “the angel of light” and “the angel of water” and how to cherish the simple gifts of nature to maintain health. They were agriculturalists whose writings teach us the importance of sprouted wheat. If you want a modern day parallel to the Essenes, look to the communes and monasteries that practice peaceful living, in nature, away from populated areas.

The Essenes were persecuted by the Romans and the Orthodox Jews of the day did not support their beliefs. Archaeologists digging in the Dead Sea area where they had a settlement, have unearthed numerous ancient scrolls. These scrolls are an Israeli heritage.

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, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. 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

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

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

The Foolish Circle of Bigotry…

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Secret GenealogyThose who have read this blog or read my books, have heard me profess my belief that there is a oneness to humanity. There is no need to hate and to do so usually includes a sort of self-hate, or at the least, a hate of the ancestors. Because that ethnic group that you are trashing may run through your own veins. (Not to imply that if it doesn’t run through your veins, that it is alright to hate.) Look at the surnames of Anglo-Americans. They often have Latin roots and they frequently come from the Old Testament, revealing either Jewish ancestry or a respect for Judaism. Even Scandinavian and Anglo names may sound Anglo but translated, sometimes they lead right back to the ancestors who fled Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. Let’s not detest the ancestors or our neighbors. It only leads back to where we started, war and oppression that our immigrant ancestors came here to escape from. Something we should never forget.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

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: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

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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The Series the Vikings

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Secret GenealogyI’ve just completed watching the latest from the television hit series, “The Vikings.” My husband and I have enjoyed each season, even though they are extremely violent and I can’t help but wonder what impressions the violence makes on an unstable mind. The series is an attempt to entertain and inform us of the history, (the history channel produced the earlier seasons.) But now for 2016, a big Hollywood studio has taken over. The change downgraded it but not too badly. It is still the same characters that are fun to watch. Those endearing, lovable sword wielding butchers that we’ve come to know as Vikings.

One of the most important aspects of the show, to me, is that it drives home the fact that earthlings were and still are, very multi-cultural. Slave trading and the ancient Silk Road brought opportunity for admixture. If you listen carefully to the names of historical figures, you’ll hear, as I do, the name of a princess, Judith. Might that be a Jewish name? In Ye Olde England?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 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

 

 

The Apocalypse… Do You Ever Wonder Who the Four Horsemen Are?

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Secret GenealogyBefore we wonder about the four horsemen, let’s define Apocalypse. From the Greek apokalypsis and the French apokalyptein meaning “to uncover,” an apocalypse is anything viewed as a prophetic revelation, any disclosure. The ancient Jews had their Apocalyptic movement and their writings in the Book of Daniel is an example of their “uncovering” of the future. The Christians used the New Testament, the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, to display their version of Apocalyptic writing.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are:

Conquest (he rides a white horse)

Slaughter (he rides a red horse)

Famine (he rides a black horse)

Death (he rides a pale horse)

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIPolitical expectations, sports anticipations and all manner of paranormal prophesies, whether around the campfire or on the radio late at night, are evidence of our continued love of the art of the Apocalypse. People today, still love to predict and be apocalyptic and it seems to be human nature to listen to it.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 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