Category Archives: Colonial Americans

Who Are the Daughters of the Holland Dames?

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The Daughters of the Holland Dames is an organization made up of the descendants of the early Dutch settlers to New York. They collected historical and genealogical documents that pertained to the Dutch Colonial period. They were also responsible for establishing memorials to their Dutch ancestors. The organization was founded in May 1895, to promote the legacy of the seventeenth-century Dutch. It is worth remembering that long before it was New York, it was New Amsterdam. And before that it was home to the Lenape Indians. If you look for it, you’ll find a Facebook page dedicated to the Daughters of the Holland Dames.

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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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

Who Were the Old Southerners?

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Originally, the southern part of America was home to Indian tribes. After their land was “ceded,” the old south was primarily populated by the English. Latinos populated the land previously held by Mexico, Spain and France. Eventually, other ethnic groups migrated into these Latin areas and Latinos became minorities. Other ethnicities who populated the “old south” were the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Germans. There were French protestants, Huguenots who populated America’s early south, some of who may have been Jewish and hiding their ethnicity to escape persecution. 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

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

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Genealogy: New York Ancestors

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Ah, New York, New York… and before that it was New Amsterdam. Your New York ancestors could very well have been New Amsterdam Jews. The first Jews who immigrated to Colonial America hid that they were Jews, because they weren’t welcome… yet. Politics and oppression kept them quiet about their true origins, but soon enough, a few brave, intelligent, levelheaded leaders, both Jew and non-Jew, made great strides, and Jews from Spain, Portugal and Brazil began immigrating and were accepted as citizens. The earliest immigrants were probably the descendants of Inquisitional Jews. Later, in the early 1800’s, Jewish immigrants came from Germany and Central European countries. Still later, Jewish immigrants came from Poland and especially Russia, to escape forced army enlistment.   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 eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean eBooks at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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Americans Are Multi-Ethnic

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Hi there… I took two months off to finish a historical novel, “Black Pansy”. I’m back now and look forward to posting more unusual bits of historical information. I’ve also been researching for “Secret Genealogy IV”. This book will delve into hidden Native American and African American ancestry. I’m fascinated with Americans and how multi-ethnic we are. All the “Secret Genealogy” books are now available in print. You’ll find them here: https://www.amazon.com/author/suellenocean

Thanks for reading! Suellen Ocean

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We’re All Different But Some of Us are Minorities

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You might not think of a Caucasian as a minority but I often feel like one and today I understand why. When my mother’s ancestors came to New Amsterdam they called themselves the “Low Dutch.” They came from the lowlands of Holland and wanted to distinguish themselves from those of Germanic heritage who were also referred to as “Dutch.” Nor were the “Low Dutch” English, they made that clear. History shows the “Low Dutch” as being an unusual group of immigrants who made their way from back east into Kentucky and encouraged the young ones to marry within the group. Eventually the old folks worst fears were imagined and the descendants of the “Low Dutch” intermarried with the English, the Scots, the Irish, the Scots-Irish and probably the Germans. They fell in love with immigrants from all over the world. But my views on life are sometimes a bit counter to mainstream America and I find myself feeling like a minority. There isn’t much one can do about that except to keep on keepin’ on with their culture however odd it may seem to others. As my mother used to say, “It takes all kinds.”

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

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Inquisition still on their Minds, Jewish Immigrants Hid their Origins

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The reason many Americans can’t fill in their family trees is because their ancestors were Jewish. You’ll notice Americans did funny things with their surnames, creating difficulties for descendants to trace them back to the old country. There was a lot of Anglicizing of names, both first and last. You will be surprised when you start listening and seeing the names through a better wisdom. The early Jewish Immigrants hid who they were because the Inquisitional stories were still quite fresh and they wanted to begin new lives partaking of the same opportunities available to other Colonists.

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

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