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They Were Christians and They Held a High Seat in the Synagogue?

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For heavens sake, is it just me or does the expression, “High seat in the synagogue,” sound Jewish? This expression is one of many you may run across, once you develop an eye and ear for it. I don’t know why, after five years, I’m still shaking my head about Jewish ancestry on both my parent’s trees. I guess it’s because they were SO religious and that religion was Christian. All the clues I’ve compiled do nothing to remove that feeling of amazement that my ancestors were Jewish. It’s like following along in your own Dan Brown novel, looking for clues and uncovering ancient truths. No, actually, it’s better because we all know, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” 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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Genealogy: What’s In A Name? The Answer.

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America’s southern president, Bill Clinton has a nickname, “Bubba”. It’s a very popular southern pet name. I have a cousin in Louisiana we call “Bubbee”. The word “Bubbee” is Yiddish, pronounced BUB-ee and is a “friendly term for anybody you like”. Could this nickname have been a way for Southern Jews to retain Jewish identity? And similarly, South African Blacks known as Lemba have an oral history that they descend from the ancient Hebrews. They insist that they are Jewish. The elder clan member is called “Buba” which some say is the ancient name of the tribe’s founder and that it means “from Judah”. Those who have seen the Lemba say their skin color and facial structures are different from other Africans.

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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