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Adding More Intrigue to the Rh-negative Blood Factor

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I’ve been digging around in old encyclopedias again. But just for the record, they’re respectable and very well written… in their day. Correction… I respect them today and am in awe of how advanced the information was. Much of what I read in a fifty-year-old encyclopedia, is just hitting the news today. What’s funny is when I find things written that would not be written today. Not. Politically. Correct. But oh how I love it, especially this:

The men of the Basque provinces are stern and uncompromising; they are devoutly religious.

That is stereotyping and not politically correct, so we don’t do that, or we try not to. Stern, uncompromising, devoutly religious… anyone you know? That describes many people of different ethnicities and it is not an exclusive trait of men. But that said, if you’re Rh-negative, you probably know by now that the highest rates of Rh-negative blood occur in the Basque populations of France and Spain. Close to two-thirds of the Basque population carry one of the (r) negative genes.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

These “stern” Basque men, may have been our ancestors. What the encyclopedia has to say about their language is even more intriguing than the personality traits a writer penned fifty-years ago. The Basque language has no relationship to any other European language, including that of Spain and France, where their homeland is today. The researcher wrote that, “It is commonly thought that Basque is derived from the language of the ancient Iberians.” Next time you’re required to check mark a box for ethnicity, select “other” and write… Ancient Iberian.

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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

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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Who Created Blood Types?

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In the past, there were many problems related to blood transfusions. Blood transfusions were even causing deaths. After the medical establishment recognized that all blood types were not compatible, and one may destroy another, an Austrian named Karl Landsteiner created this system of blood types:

Type A

Type B

Type AB

Type O

Once the blood types were classified, it provided greater confidence to doctors who gave blood transfusions.

O negative blood type is highly sought after because it can be given to patients with other blood types without destruction.

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

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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