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Genealogy… Why Are People Shocked When They Discover Jewish Ancestry?

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I got a kick out of the latest review for my book, Secret Genealogy II: The Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors. “I have WHAT?” was the title of the review. Here is the rest: “A recent DNA test for my husband found he had Jewish ancestors that he, nor anyone else in the family knew anything about. When I told him the results of the DNA test, he said, “I have WHAT, but HOW?” So that’s why we bought this book. It just arrived a few days ago, so we will use this book to try and see what we need to do to find his Jewish heritage.”

Why is Jewish ancestry so hard to believe? Probably because the family did not breathe a word of it. But what’s interesting is that although it was a secret, they continued with Jewish names for their children. Benjamin, Rachel, Abraham, Jacob and Deborah are all Old Testament Hebrew names. And if you look hard enough, you might find other clues to your true origins. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and 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/dp/0965114082

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

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

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Genealogy… Your Caribbean Ancestors May Have Been Jews

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Secret GenealogyYou might think that it was too long after the Inquisition to assume that ancestors who went to the Caribbean islands in the 1600’s were Jews escaping persecution. But there’s evidence that they were. Even if it took them a long time to get there.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

In the late 1400’s, Jews left Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition. They emigrated north to the Netherlands. In about 1650, their Jewish descendants emigrated to a Caribbean island known as Curacao. It was a Dutch colony where the Jews were able to build a cemetery. Sephardic Jews (and later the Ashkenazic Jews) emigrated to the New World from Central and Eastern Europe. Their destinations were the Caribbean colonies of Jamaica, Barbados, Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Dutch Saint Eustatius. The history of those colonies show large Jewish Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIpopulations. As the years went by, they may have converted to Christianity. Like everyone else, they identified with their beloved countries so spoke the language of their new country. Yes, they were Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and other Eastern Europeans but they may have also been Jews.  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: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

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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

African Secret Genealogy… So Many Ancient Roads to Travel

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Secret GenealogyAs many of you know, I write about genealogy, in an “outside the box” fashion. We’ve been spoon-fed Biblical history in Sunday school and world history has been laid out before us in textbooks, movies and documentaries. But there is waaaaaay too much left uncovered.

The people of the world, really are intertwined. We all have ethnicities in our DNA that would not surprise us… it would shock us. Of course, we all know that white people can and do have African ancestors and we all know that black people can and do have white ancestors. And Asians… and Indians… and Middle Easterners… and Europeans… can and do have the DNA of a variety of ancestors. And I’ve written about African genealogy in my previous Secret Genealogy books but now it’s time to devote a whole book to it. I’ve always wanted to, but didn’t know if I could. But when I started writing a new Secret Genealogy book, the African chapter kept growing and growing… so it is standing tall as its own book, Secret Genealogy V – Africans in Our Family Trees. I have no idea when it will be finished, these books have minds of their own. But I thought I’d let everyone know that it is in the works and I’m enjoying the journey.

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:

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

Ancestry & Genealogy: Time to Know Who You Really Come From

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No more secrets. It’s not necessary. No more lies. DNA can shed light on it. Our ancestors may have “pretended” to be of an ethnicity they weren’t born with but let’s check it out. Why do so many Americans have Old Testament Hebrew names? Hosea… first king of the Jews? Why would an ancestor have that name if he wasn’t from a Jewish family? Rebecca, Rachel… Old Testament names… maybe the ancients were from Judah. The habit of persecuting Jews was rampant during the Middle Ages and still practiced into the 18th century… Jews were expelled from the Louisiana area. Check it out… do you have Southern ancestry? Did they the leave Louisiana area between 1724-1803 and move into the adjoining territory? Maybe they were Jewish and they didn’t want to be persecuted. Maybe they were just done with it. But guess what… we’re just gettin’ started. We want to know who we really are!

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 III:  https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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It’s Not About Religion, It’s About Genealogy

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Having been interested in genealogy since I was a child, I would like to believe I’ve developed a good intuition regarding my ancestors, but let’s face it, we’ve never met the ancient ones. We’d like to get to know these ancient ancestors, but don’t be sure they’re similar to you, they may be quite different, that’s what makes it fascinating. Be careful and don’t cloud your search with religious beliefs, because it’s not about religion, it’s about genealogy. With an open heart and mind, we can uncover truths about the histories of our families that will delight and entertain descendants for generations, or perhaps, and hopefully… forever. 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:  https://www.createspace.com/4234160

Secret Genealogy II:  https://www.createspace.com/4235650

Secret Genealogy III:  https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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Genealogy: Descendant of a Servant or Slave? Many of Us Are

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Because Spanish and Portuguese “New Christians” or “Conversos” became involved in slave trading and massive agricultural businesses that found their way onto American shores, someone with Southern ancestry might follow history back far enough to find Jewish ancestry. Remember, not all but many of these “Conversos” or “New Christians” were still proud and fond of their Judaism and when caught were executed for practicing it. They built big empires and amassed great wealth with their plantations along Africa’s coastline and into the interior. They colonized the coast of Brazil and the West Indies and the Caribbean Sea. Barbados and Jamaica were used as stopover ports where cargos of humans were revitalized before going to the early colonies along the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Again, some of these “New Christians” and/or “Conversos” of Jewish ancestry intermarried with Native American captives, African American captives and Scottish, Irish, Italian, German Indentured Servants. Before the middle 1700s there were well over thirty-thousand African Americans in South Carolina. South Carolina began cultivating rice and the planters needed experienced agriculturalists and the enslaved Africans provided that. In the north, Rhode Island depended on Jamaica and Barbados for molasses to make rum. There was an amazing growth of agricultural endeavors closer to the equator that eventually spread to the warmer southern areas that we now know of as Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana, etc., which brought the practice of multi-ethnic sexual relations, both consensual and non-consensual.

 

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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The Guild (Book 2)

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The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

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