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Genealogy… Did Your Ancestors Speak Spanish? Who Were They?

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During Medieval times, Moors and Jews were banished from Spain. When they left, they wound up in far distant lands, including America. But some of the closer regions they went to were Turkey, North Africa and Greece. What’s interesting is that because these exiled people spoke Spanish, they brought their language with them. You may have to listen hard for it, but in these regions, coming from the mouths of their descendants, you may find a corrupted form of their ancient Spanish language. Hundreds of years ago, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella exiled them but they could not exile the language.

It was in 1501 when all Mohammedans who would not convert to Christianity were purged from Spain. It was in 1492 when the Jews were purged. I have not read anywhere that Americans are discovering ancient Mohammedan ancestry but there is an ever-growing group of Catholics who have uncovered their Jewish heritage. Today in America, the most commonly spoken language other than English, in almost every state is Spanish. A huge swath of America was at one time, “New Spain.”  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 Does Kosher Mean?

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Kosher (Kasher) comes from the Hebrew word meaning “fit” or “proper,” usually used to define food that has been ritually cleaned according to Jewish law. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering 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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Genealogy: The Cold Trail of Our Ancestors

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Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity and changes their name for the sole purpose of changing their ethnic identity. When they change both first and last names or Anglicized it beyond recognition, as was often the case in Colonial America when the English ran the show, it leaves you with an icy cold trail because basically, the act is almost like “killing” the former identity.

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 Crypto-Jew?

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Crypto means, “hidden, covered, secret” and a Crypto-Jew is one who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith, usually Christianity. People throughout the world are finding that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews. During Spain, Portugal and Mexico’s Inquisitions, many Jews had no other choice but to “pretend” they were Christians. Behind closed doors they practiced their religion but it was so dangerous to do so, many chose not to reveal it to their children, thus their descendants grew up not knowing their parents and ancestors were Jews. Today, the information revolution is enabling genealogists and historians to uncover the truth about who our ancestors were. The Crypto-Jewish movement has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years and I expect this trend to continue because of the great love of genealogy.

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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We’re All Different But Some of Us are Minorities

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You might not think of a Caucasian as a minority but I often feel like one and today I understand why. When my mother’s ancestors came to New Amsterdam they called themselves the “Low Dutch.” They came from the lowlands of Holland and wanted to distinguish themselves from those of Germanic heritage who were also referred to as “Dutch.” Nor were the “Low Dutch” English, they made that clear. History shows the “Low Dutch” as being an unusual group of immigrants who made their way from back east into Kentucky and encouraged the young ones to marry within the group. Eventually the old folks worst fears were imagined and the descendants of the “Low Dutch” intermarried with the English, the Scots, the Irish, the Scots-Irish and probably the Germans. They fell in love with immigrants from all over the world. But my views on life are sometimes a bit counter to mainstream America and I find myself feeling like a minority. There isn’t much one can do about that except to keep on keepin’ on with their culture however odd it may seem to others. As my mother used to say, “It takes all kinds.”

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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Genealogy: Sorting Through Biblical Names, Were They Christians or Jews?

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Historians and genealogists will tell you that parents gave their children Biblical names because that was the fashion during the 1700 and 1800s. I always accepted that but today I am not so sure. I think we should reopen our family albums and look deeper into the meanings in our family trees and coats of arms. Names like Rachael, Levi, Sarah, Jacob, Benjamin, Hester and Ezekiah may have been the last opportunity American Hebrew parents had to lay claim to a heritage that stems back thousands of years and has the bedtime stories to accompany it. Yes, my family is Christian as yours may be. But before that, they may have been Jewish.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing
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New Angle On Hard To Find Genealogy

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We should not assume that our ancestors three or four hundred years ago were Christians. Yes they may have their names in church records, Christian marriage records, etc. but this does not mean they were not Jewish. Nor am I trying to say they weren’t Christians. They could easily have been Jewish and were either hiding it or in the process of converting. There are many Old Testament names resting upon the graves of our Christian ancestors. If you can’t find any ancestry past that headstone, you should try looking at it from another angle.

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