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Can’t Find Info on an Ancestor? Maybe She Was a Slave

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The UGRR mentions Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina time and time again as territories of bondage for African-Americans. During the 1850’s the office of the UGRR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom in Canada and sometimes New York and Boston. It’s difficult to piece together history if all we have is a name, a birthplace and a birth year. Some don’t even have that. Mississippi and Louisiana are well-known slave states but remember that Virginia and Maryland were as well. 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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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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The “Masonic” Barn Star? Or is it the Star of David?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThe very first five-pointed star may have been found by archaeologists. Known as a pentagram, it is also historically Solomon’s Seal, used by the King of Judah in the 10th century B.C.E. Solomon was the son of King David. Today the Star of David that adorns the flag of the nation of Israel is six-pointed but there are those who believe that originally the five-pointed star (pentagram) was used earlier.Secret Genealogy As for Masonic barn stars, Masonic rituals vary within regions. One area may use Islamic icons for their rituals while another may use those based on Judaism and Christianity. One would probably have to ask individual barn owners what their star symbolized. Maybe in Kentucky we’d receive answers referring to the Civil War while in Indiana it could signify folk art. I pass one regularly out in front of a BBQ restaurant and I suspect it is meant to give one the impression of Texas. Stars are popular everywhere but depending upon how they are poised, sometimes you get the feeling it is a political or philosophical statement. I tried asking a Kentucky gentleman who lived across the street from a huge barn with a huge star on it. He acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about so good luck with that. When you figure it out … please let me know.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

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, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

Next the Injustices of Slavery?

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I am extraordinarily curious about colonial slavery and I hope writing about it will uncover why. I am very white but like many Americans, I have plenty of ancestral roots from colonial slave states. And why, as little children, did my sister and I pretend we were slaves? In a very serious manner, I would pull her around in a wagon and we would speak what we believed was slavery dialogue.

I have a pattern of basing my novels on people who have suffered injustices. (Although the stories are rather sexy and string romances together). “Lies of the Lion” is the story of post-Inquisitional Jews in Amsterdam who built communities while pretending they were Christians. “The Celtic Prince” is about the evolution of people away from their native Judaic roots and the pain it entails. “Gold River” is about a struggle for Native Americans to preserve ancient burial grounds.

My next project will no doubt include delving into the history surrounding Colonial Slaves. I touched on it in “The Celtic Prince” but will explore and share the findings much more extensively in the next story.

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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Did Great-Great-Grandpa Attend a Meeting of the KKK?

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I read an interesting book that spoke of the beginnings of the Ku Klux Klan. In this book, they stated that the KKK began after the Civil War as a group of neighbors in the south, getting together to discuss rebuilding their communities. Can you imagine the stigma associated with having gone to a couple of these meetings? For those of us researching Southern roots, this is something we could run across. It is not easy for someone of say, Irish ancestry, whose ancestors held slaves, to go to an African-American ancestry board and post a message. But we can learn of our collective histories through our ancestor’s relationships. You never know what you may find around the next corner. It is wonderful to see Southerners of both African-American and Caucasian ancestry collaborating on ancestry message boards. We have only begun.

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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Using the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War to Help Find Secret Jewish Genealogy

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With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and all the media attention it is receiving, listen to surnames that make it to television, print and Internet media. You may hear a familiar surname in a story about the Civil War and find a link you can follow that will help you fill in your family tree or trigger thoughts that help you to uncover facts about unknown ancestry. Approximately seven thousand recorded Jews fought with the North in the Civil War and approximately three thousand recorded Jews fought for the South but there must have been many more American Civil War soldiers of Jewish ancestry than history records. Several historians record Jews in America as being very quiet about the issue of slavery and not speaking out against it, as was the case in Bergen County, New Jersey when right before the Civil War the county had a pro-slavery attitude. Jewish voters expressed it when they did not vote for Abraham Lincoln as President. And in South Carolina where large populations of Jews had settled before the Civil War, the Jewish community did not speak out against slavery, possibly due to ties to Conversos from Brazil, etc. who may have directly or indirectly provided for their livelihoods through the slaving industry. If you have several clues that lead you to suspect your ancestors were Jewish and they hail from South Carolina, you may be correct.

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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