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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

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A gathering place for rh-negative folks…

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This blog is becoming a gathering place for those of us with rh-negative blood type. For the last couple of years, many of those responding appear to have African-American ethnicity. I am white, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any African ancestry. If we go back far enough,we all do.

Besides all of us sharing rh-negative blood type, we share the curiosity of why?

Thanks for sharing your ethnicity with us. It’s fascinating!

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here:
Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

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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:

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

 

 

Genealogy… Scenarios of Rh Negative Blood Factor

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I like it that people wind up on my blog looking for answers about Rh Negative blood factor. Questions arise, like… why don’t my brother and sister have this blood type?

To be the sole member in the family with Rh Negative blood doesn’t mean you are adopted or that your mother had an affair. Blood type is inherited and all we can do is speculate where it originated. I search for answers to my own Rh Negative mystery and have come up with several hypothesis. Here’s the latest. Perhaps it will stimulate your imagination and help you unravel your mystery.

Here goes… My great-great-grandmother was a Morris. Morisco means Moor, particularly of Spanish descent. Let’s assume that Morris tells me that my ancestors were Moors. The words are similar enough. The Moors were a multi-ethnic group consisting of Arabs who came from the Arabian Peninsula and natives of northern Africa. The North African natives who were Moors were called Berbers. Some Berbers are light skinned and some are black and they have high percentages of Rh Negative blood. (For more on the Berbers see Secret Genealogy II, the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors.) In 711, the Moors got onto boats, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar, landed in Andalusia (Southern Spain), and conquered the Iberian Peninsula.

This history brought the Berbers to Spain and along with them, their Rh Negative blood type. You can leave it to your imagination how the blood type progressed. Let’s use the example of my great-grandmother Morris whose blood type I’ll never know. She was either Scottish or Scots Irish. Where her ancestors came from I do not know but let’s say they descended from Iberians (Spaniards) who immigrated to Scotland and eventually to America.

This is only one of my theories. Another is that I have an ancestor who was an Oriental Jew. Another theory is that I have a Basque ancestor, which fits because the Basque people live along the borderlands of France and Spain.

Another option could be through my father’s ancient ancestors. The surname Rotin is a Sephardic Jewish name from the kingdom of Murcia (in Spain). Murcia is right next to Andalusia. Rh Negative blood could easily have made its way there during the Moorish invasion of 711.

Arabian Peninsula to Northern Africa to Spain to Scotland to America. Imagining different scenarios is fun. Don’t forget Rh Negative blood runs through England’s Royal Family, a very multi-ethnic group due to their creating alliances through marriage with other foreign Royals.

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

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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Rh Negative Blood Type? You’re Not the Only One Asking Questions

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I am an rh-negative blood type so find the topic interesting. So much so that I did a little research and added the information into two of my genealogy books. When I began researching blood types, I had no idea there were others like me, who wonder about this unusual blood type. On my dashboard here at WordPress, I am able to see what people type into a search field that makes them wind up on my blog site. Lately I’ve seen a large increase in people who are researching this rh factor. “rh negative blood common in jewish people?” “rh negative hebrew” “rh blood typing genealogy” “black people and o negative” are all common these days, so much so that I will continue my own research into the answers to their and my questions. Who are we? We are definitely special, but so is everyone for some reason or another, maybe the correct word is unusual or rare. The Basque population has a large, perhaps the largest percentage of rh factor and not far from where they reside, on the Moroccan side of the waters, Berbers have a high concentration of rh factor. And not far from there we have Iran where ancient Iranian Jews have a high percentage of rh factor, as do Oriental Jews. So if you look at a map, although these areas are not right next to each other, they are close enough for ancients to have travelled to, in an era when selling and exchanging slaves was commonplace. Were our ancestors Jews or were they Bedouins? Did the Basque travel to America and leave genetic traces behind? I kinda like the idea that we descend from “Ancient Alien Ancestors.” Really? How cool is that? Or not. We really would be special wouldn’t we? I’ll keep watching for clues and continue writing about them in my genealogy books. Until then, let it be a reminder that there were others long, long ago who walked on this planet whose characteristics we now embody.

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

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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