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The Ghosts of Christians Passed


Last Saturday I looked up museums and ran across an historic cemetery. My husband and I took the dog and meandered through the flowering magnolia trees and profuse blooms of orange poppies. It was a huge cemetery so it turned out to be a great place to get exercise and with all the flowering trees, wild flowers and rose bushes, it was actually a cheerful place. A lot can be learned from visiting a cemetery. There were sections for various wars and sections where victims of a cholera epidemic in 1850 claimed almost 1,000 lives. There was a security guard walking around and I visited with him. “Is there a Jewish section?” I asked. He seemed confused and thought about it for a minute and said, “No, I don’t believe there is.” I suspect though, that there’s a cryptic Jewish section and I look forward to returning to see if I can find it. I might have luck looking through the Masonic and Oddfellows sections because many California Jewish Pioneers’ proudly display the symbols of these secret societies on their tombstones. 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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