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Looking For Ancestry? Try Looking in the Bible… No Kidding

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Is your surname Wroten, Rothen, Roten, Rotin, Roden or any of the many versions of that sounding name? “Rotenu”, is the name the Egyptians gave to the tribes living near the Dead Sea, who were the children of Lot “Lotan”. Lot was the nephew of Abraham. In the bible, in the “Book of Numbers”, there are many names like this. It is rather tedious but it’s worth looking through, you might get clues.

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Who Are the Jews?

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During ancient times there were two sections of the Holy Land: the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which was called Samaria and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, called Judea. Technically, “Jews” are the names of the descendants of Judea but “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites”. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob”, whose name later became “Israel”. During that era, the ancient Hebrews kept strict records of their descendants.

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Were Our Anglo-Saxon Ancestors Really Jewish?

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I have a habit of taking an in-depth look into the misrepresentations of our ancestors, those we’d always believed were Christian. The conspiracy to hide Jewish ethnicity was a wide practice and many of our ancestors did so. Was that French Huguenot 9th grandfather really Jewish, hiding amongst Protestant religious sects to preserve his life? Did Perowski become Peters so the children could have a better life, free of persecution? You’ll find that in many instances the answer to these questions was yes.

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Why Did My Ancestors Change Their Surname? It Seems Suspicious

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Quite possibly because they were Jewish. Sometimes it was only the dropping of “berg” or “stein” from the end of their name but it often meant changing it altogether. Jacobi to Banta, Shereshevsky to Sherry and Cohen to Craig, these are all examples of surname changes. We are given a variety of reasons for why it was done, it’s often blamed on an immigration clerk and sometimes this is true but Jewish surname changes were quite frequently made because they wanted the same opportunities for their families as other Americans. It’s quite shocking for descendants to become aware of the original Jewish surname, they often had no idea.

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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Contemporary Politics … Ancient Policies

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As I read about the ancient kingdoms of Sumer, Ur, Babylon, Akkad, etc, it’s amazing how world politics don’t seem to have changed. Kingdoms that grew strong enough to overpower a larger kingdom did so. Babylon, which was once a glorious kingdom was eventually laid to waste as a “backwater of civilization”. Domains situated far from their ruling centers of administration were lost as was prime agricultural land. Incoming marauders destroyed architecture and libraries; cultural emblems that took painstaking years to build were demolished. This was thousands of years ago yet it mirrors contemporary news. Nothing new under the sun?

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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What’s Mesopotamia?

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The word is Greek and means, “land between the rivers.” You are probably confused by what it means because it is often used to designate a country or ethnicity, which it is not. It is an ancient melting pot for many nations and tribes. Mesopotamia includes most of the valley between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. The area has been conquered and re-conquered for ages, including by the “Barbarians” from northern Europe.

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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What’s a Bohemian? A Hippy? A Gypsy? One From Bohemia? An Intellectual?

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Although it does mean one from Bohemia, it has other meanings too. I’ve been confused as to what it really means so I did a little research. Originally the Bohemians of Medieval times were non-Europeans who distinguished themselves apart from other Europeans due to their transient, non-conforming nature. The original homeland of the Bohemians was the outskirts of Iran and India but because they were thought to have come from Bohemia, they were given that label. There were also Europeans who believed this colorful transient group hailed from Egypt, hence the label Gypsy. During the 1800s the word was used to describe the artsy crowd, authors, painters, sculptors and poets who hung around cafes discussing art and politics, leading lives opposite their fellow Europeans. The Beatniks of San Francisco and the artists of the sixties revolution and modern day followers of that lifestyle are often referred to as “Bohemian”.

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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Jewish Children Given Local Common Names

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The use of multiple names is a Hebrew tradition. Jews blended common German names with Hebrew names. Hebrew names were important for legal contracts but the ancestors that we are looking for were probably long past writing up Hebrew contracts. They were hiding their Hebrew origins and at what point they quit teaching their children Hebrew probably varied within each family. In the 1800s, it became popular in Germany, Hungary and Poland to give Jewish children local common names. It was quite common all over the world, among Jews, to take the name of a town, city, village, hamlet, etc. Just because the ancestor you’re researching doesn’t have a Hebrew, Yiddish or Ladino name does not mean she wasn’t Jewish.

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I Have Not Seen Sarah’s Key But …

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My sister texted me from the theatre while watching Sarah’s Key.

“You really think we’re Jewish?” she asked.

“Both of our parents had Jewish ancestry which their ancestors kept a secret.” I texted back.

“I can see why,” she answered. “It was awful!”

Yes, it was awful but today there is no reason to hide Jewish ancestry. If you have genealogical knowledge that will be of value to fleshing out your family tree, there is no better time than the present to record it. No one should ever have to deny their ethnicity.

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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Keep It Cryptic? Por Que?

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For those who one day discover that their ancestors were Jews, it’s shocking. It’s a mind-blowing experience; one just can’t explain the feeling. To have no idea that your family was previously Jewish stops you dead in your tracks. What? You say. When? You say. And more importantly, why did they hide it? For those of you asking, “What’s a Crypto-Jew?” the answer is, one who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. Even today in America, a country founded on religious freedom, there are those who when finding that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews, prefer to keep it cryptic. Why? You say. Because this world, no matter where you live, has become very strange in regards to religion. One of the definitions of religion is “an awareness or conviction of the existence of a supreme being, arousing reverence, love, gratitude, the will to obey and serve, and the like.” What? You say. And we have to hide that? Not a good idea to hide it. But religion causes a lot of problems. People have been going to war over it for thousands of years. I guess because each religion becomes such a large umbrella, horrible things often take shelter under that umbrella. Maybe with a lot more “live and let live” attitude and kindness to one another, though we are different, will help keep the gremlins out from underneath our umbrellas.

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