Genealogy… Don’t Shy from Ancestral Name Changes

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What could be more popular than the name David? But who would think that the name “Taffy” is one and the same as the Hebrew name David, meaning beloved? The name David is popular in Wales, due to an early evangelist who bore the name. It may have looked like this: Dawfydd. If you look at it carefully, it would be pronounced Daw-feed. In Israel, David is pronounced Da-veed. Sounds almost the same. Maybe it’s because this Welsh David, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

David is recognized as the patron saint of Wales. Over the years, the “D” got translated to a “T” and the result was Taffy. It’s used as a nickname for Welshmen. Legend has it that Wale’s Saint David was King Arthur’s uncle and David is the fellow to whom homage is paid for his successful battle against the Saxons. There is a big festival in his name occurring on March 1st. A leek is worn in his honor.

I heard a genealogist say that it is all too common for people to refuse to accept that their surname may have been other than it is today. David to Taffy? That’s quite a stretch. But it happens all the time in genealogy and we should not be too stubborn to accept a name change somewhere along the way.

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

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:

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

Donald Trump’s Vision of the New Jerusalem. Is it Messianic?

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Secret GenealogyWhen I read that Donald Trump was proudly proclaiming to return the headquarters of the American embassy to Jerusalem, it was akin to something I might read in medieval history books. Could this be symbolic of the Christian Crusade, led by European knights whose aim was to take back control of the sacred sites that the Moslems conquered? Today, Islam controls the holy site of the temple in Jerusalem. My suspicious mind started reeling.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

I am working on a new Secret Genealogy book, and I just finished researching about Orthodox Jewish messianic belief. Jews believe that a great human leader will emerge. Someone like King David. There is a list of tasks that this messiah must accomplish (source: jewfaq.org) :

  • The ingathering of the exiles
  • Restoration of the religious courts of justice
  • An end of wickedness, sin and heresy
  • Reward to the righteous
  • Rebuilding of Jerusalem
  • Restoration of the line of King David
  • Restoration of Temple service

Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIDonald Trump, with his medieval Knights of Malta background (if it’s true) arouses my suspicions. Some vendettas never disappear. Think about the belief that George W. Bush wanted to topple Saddam Hussein for his father’s legacy… the war that took over 100,000 lives. Think of Putin and his desire to return Russia to the glory of the Soviet Union. Wars are often built on delusions. It’s a place where for some reason, for thousands of years, people’s minds like to play. At the expense of the innocents.

When I was a young woman of about twenty, people used to talk about the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelations and the Apocalypse (disaster, catastrophe, destruction, day of reckoning). Armageddon was a popular term. (Today it’s a quiet place in Israel but the dictionary uses it as a synonym for “end of the world.”) I was afraid of this apocalypse that I found hard to understand. Today I understand it as war games that world leaders get us into, too often unnecessarily.Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

The Chinese have a saying, “make friends with change.” Besides accepting a new president with whom some of us do not agree, we must also accept that the world has changed. It is no longer medieval. The Crusades are over. It is a new era. Jesus is gone but he left us with teachings of peace and acceptance. He was a good Jew who wanted to share his version of Judaism with everyone, including Gentiles. Donald Trump is no messiah. Neither Christian nor Jewish. Let’s hope that those of all faiths and persuasions will pray for him.

Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VSuellen 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:

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

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

Beyond the Pale… Racist or Ignorant?

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Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIShouts of xenophobia, white supremacy, double dealing, crony capitalism, sexual predators, rigged elections, fake news and all other unconscionable and un-American dirty misdeeds have been getting labeled as “beyond the pale.” I have heard countless political pundits use it. I keep hearing it repeatedly. I saw it today in the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by David Horsey.

“Conservatives absolutely love to mock political correctness and namby-pamby, safe-space liberalism. But there is one line of offensive humor they may now consider beyond the pale: blonde jokes.”Secret Genealogy

For months, I have been thinking that this expression was not “politically correct.” Here’s why:

Over two hundred years ago, the Czars of Russia expelled Jews from Moscow and St Petersburg. From 1791 to 1915 they were ordered to remain within certain boundaries known as “The Pale of Settlement.” This Pale included Belorussia, Lithuania, Crimea and part of Poland. In the late 1800s, thousands of Jews left Russia and immigrated to America because they were heavily persecuted and confined to that tough geographical region. The “Pale of Settlement” suffered from overcrowding, leading to disease and poverty.

So… I have been thinking that when someone said, “beyond the pale,” that they were saying, “it’s worse than how Russian Jews lived.” But today, I stand corrected. I looked in the dictionary and “pale” also refers to a boundary line, or a barrier. So, it’s like saying, “Hey, that’s really out-of-bounds.” There were other territories that were named the “Pale.” The “English Pale” in Calais, France and “the Pale” around Dublin, Ireland. Both areas were controlled by the English.

The next time I hear someone say, “It is beyond the pale,” I will still probably think of the suffering that persecuted groups suffered at the hands of others. That history should never be forgotten and certainly, not repeated.

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 and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color 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

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family-ebook/dp/B01HJ622DU

 

 

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

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

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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

 

 

Are Conspiracy Theories Hidden in Nursery Rhymes?

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Warning… a nursery rhyme will be spinning around in your head after you read this but it’s interesting to note that sometimes adults who wrote them, planted hidden meanings and they probably still do. I will never look at a nursery rhyme the same after learning that there might be politics involved. One even has to do with the translation of the Bible ordered by King Henry VIII. During that historical era, the printers used pica type to print the new translation and it was done by… four and twenty blackbirds. Well, not really but yes… really. Back then, the English alphabet had only twenty-four letters. They were baked in a pie (pica). And wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

 

Sing a song of six pence

a pocket full of rye

Four and twenty blackbirds

backed in a pie

When the pie was opened

the birds began to sing

Wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The king was in the counting-house

counting out his money

The queen was in the parlor

eating bread and honey,

The maid was in the garden

hanging out the clothes.

Along came a blackbird

and snipped off her nose.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:

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