Category Archives: Ancient History

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:

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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

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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

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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:

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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:

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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

Confusion and Conspiracies Over the Ark of the Covenant… Do You Pretend to Know?

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Chimney FireI’ve got to admit, I went through the whole Indiana Jones movie without fully understanding what the Ark of the Covenant was. I was surprised when I found out it was a chest. (I was equally surprised when I found out the Holy Grail was a cup.)

The ancient Israelites made the ark (chest) that carried the covenant (the stone tablets bearing the ten commandments). It was made out of wood. I think the Bible describes the dimensions, so if you’re handy and you’d like to make one yourself… just kidding. I think it’s more fun to look for it. Or write books about looking for it… or movies about finding it. The story is, the ark was so sacred, the waters of the Jordan River separated when it drew near.

So what happened to it? Scholars believe it was destroyed when the Temple in Jerusalem was burned by the Babylonians. My son though, who loves a good conspiracy, talks about it frequently. He’s sure… somebody’s got it somewhere… maybe underground in an Israeli cave?

It would be nice to know that after all these years, the tablets that held the ten commandments was still intact. The commandments are open to interpretation. I was taught the commandments as a child. I’m a mother and this one is my favorite… honor thy father and mother. Even if she laughs when you talk about Ark of the Covenant conspiracies.

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Genealogy… Scenarios of Rh Negative Blood Factor

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I like it that people wind up on my blog looking for answers about Rh Negative blood factor. Questions arise, like… why don’t my brother and sister have this blood type?

To be the sole member in the family with Rh Negative blood doesn’t mean you are adopted or that your mother had an affair. Blood type is inherited and all we can do is speculate where it originated. I search for answers to my own Rh Negative mystery and have come up with several hypothesis. Here’s the latest. Perhaps it will stimulate your imagination and help you unravel your mystery.

Here goes… My great-great-grandmother was a Morris. Morisco means Moor, particularly of Spanish descent. Let’s assume that Morris tells me that my ancestors were Moors. The words are similar enough. The Moors were a multi-ethnic group consisting of Arabs who came from the Arabian Peninsula and natives of northern Africa. The North African natives who were Moors were called Berbers. Some Berbers are light skinned and some are black and they have high percentages of Rh Negative blood. (For more on the Berbers see Secret Genealogy II, the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors.) In 711, the Moors got onto boats, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, landed in Andalusia (Southern Spain), and conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

This history brought the Berbers to Spain and along with them, their Rh Negative blood type. You can leave it to your imagination how the blood type progressed. Let’s use the example of my great-grandmother Morris whose blood type I’ll never know. She was either Scottish or Scots Irish. Where her ancestors came from I do not know but let’s say they descended from Iberians (Spaniards) who immigrated to Scotland and eventually to America.

This is only one of my theories. Another is that I have an ancestor who was an Oriental Jew. Another theory is that I have a Basque ancestor, which fits because the Basque people live along the borderlands of France and Spain.

Another option could be through my father’s ancient ancestors. The surname Rotin is a Sephardic Jewish name from the kingdom of Murcia (in Spain). Murcia is right next to Andalusia. Rh Negative blood could easily have made its way there during the Moorish invasion of 711.

Arabian Peninsula to Northern Africa to Spain to Scotland to America. Imagining different scenarios is fun. Don’t forget Rh Negative blood runs through England’s Royal Family, a very multi-ethnic group due to their creating alliances through marriage with other foreign Royals.

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:

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Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

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