Category Archives: Hispanic Sephardim

Genealogy… Did Your Ancestors Speak Spanish? Who Were They?

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During Medieval times, Moors and Jews were banished from Spain. When they left, they wound up in far distant lands, including America. But some of the closer regions they went to were Turkey, North Africa and Greece. What’s interesting is that because these exiled people spoke Spanish, they brought their language with them. You may have to listen hard for it, but in these regions, coming from the mouths of their descendants, you may find a corrupted form of their ancient Spanish language. Hundreds of years ago, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella exiled them but they could not exile the language.

It was in 1501 when all Mohammedans who would not convert to Christianity were purged from Spain. It was in 1492 when the Jews were purged. I have not read anywhere that Americans are discovering ancient Mohammedan ancestry but there is an ever-growing group of Catholics who have uncovered their Jewish heritage. Today in America, the most commonly spoken language other than English, in almost every state is Spanish. A huge swath of America was at one time, “New Spain.”  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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Tracing the Origins of Rh-Negative Blood Through Jewish Ancestry

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Secret GenealogyI remember the day I saw my family surname on a list of Sephardic Jewish names. The name was listed as being from the ancient Spanish kingdom of Murcia. One letter was different, they used an “i” instead of an “e” but there was no mistaking it, the pronunciation was identical. But what did it mean? Could there be a connection? Of all the countries my patriarchal ancestors hailed from, Spain was not one of them. But it reinforced my suspicions that the family may have been Jewish many generations back.

From the regions that surround her, Spain has attracted people to settle her lands. The Moors controlled Spain for several centuries. When we think of Spaniards we might picture a dark-haired and dark-eyed people with olive skin but blue eyes and fair skin like that of many Germans and Scandinavians represent the Spanish people, as do others. But an old encyclopedia states that “many Murcians… are very dark — a legacy of Moorish ancestors.” Well there you go. When the Moors, with their chieftain Tan’k, overran the Spanish kingdom in 711, there were Berbers among them. Natives of northern Africa, Berbers have a population high in Rh-negative blood.

There are a variety of explanations why someone has Rh-negative blood. Confirming them is not so easy. Our ancestral immigration and invading patterns happened a very long time ago.

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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Inquisitional Arrests of Mexican Jews

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When the Spanish Inquisition came to the New World, it extended into Mexico and became the Mexican Inquisition. The Mexican Inquisition brought with it continued persecution of the Jews. One was arrested if they lacked the necessary certificate, Pureza de la sangre, which translated means “purity of the blood,” proving that one was not Jewish. With the threat of arrest, it’s no wonder many Sephardic Jews in the New World hid their ethnic roots. The abundance of Old Testament names amongst the Latin community leaves evidence of a religion and culture much loved by those who were forced to abandon it. 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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Too Bad a Stop Was Put to the Arabs and the Jews

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Moors from North Africa who conquered Spain and Portugal (called the Iberian Peninsula in the early 700’s) gave refuge and opportunity to the Sephardic Jews and together they created and advanced Spain’s “Golden Era”, particularly in Seville, Cordova and Toledo. Philosophy, medicine, mathematics, law and theology were discussed and studied by brilliant minds. By 1492, the Inquisition had devastated both the Moorish and Sephardic Jewish populations of Spain.

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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