I put it off for years but I finally took a DNA test for ancestry. I went through 23andMe and I’m pleased with their reporting. It wasn’t easy to read reports with new words and phrases that I wasn’t accustomed to. And it required studying for me to figure things out. I didn’t get all of the answers but I wrote a little book that might help you to understand the confusing world of DNA testing.
Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here:
Secret Genealogy VII: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP
Actually, it was a pretty fun book to write.
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We entered Atlanta and the first thing that popped into my mind was T.I.’s “Bring Em Out”. Our first stop was the King’s Visitor Center and the surrounding memorials and exhibits. This included King’s childhood home, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the reflection pool which is the grave site…
I 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.
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.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering 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 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
Source: I’m Not Black but I Can Pretend…
Today I humbly present my novel, Chimney Fire. The main character is a Jewish fellow named Rudy Steinberg, a California slacker who at fifty is paid a visit by a German attorney whose shocking information disrupts Rudy’s life. I came up with the idea twenty years ago and when I found the outline, I thought it would be fun to collaborate with my younger self. Fun is not the correct word. I spent the winter reading and watching films about Nazis who murdered millions of people, including Germans. Nevertheless, I said I would and I did. It’s spring now… and Chimney Fire is complete. I can’t say that I understand human nature any better but what I do understand is that people do bad things and we need to speak up because as the victims will tell you… the worst is unthinkable. “Chimney Fire” is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Chimney-Fire-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B00XDCPLEW