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Genealogy: Tracing German Ancestry, Were the Jutes Jewish?

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Secret GenealogyThe Jutes were members of one of the Low German tribes of Jutland, some of them settled in Kent, England after their 5th century invasion. An adjective for Jute is “Jutish” pronounced jootish. I can hear a Danish-accented tongue saying Jute for Judah. Judah of course, meaning the tribe of Judah. Listen to the sounds … Tribe of Judah … Tribe of Jute … but that would be silly to assume from that alone. But, Jews from Germany are Germans as well as Jews, so why not Jutes?SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

 

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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Rebellious Jewish Surnames

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If you were forced to convert to Christianity and forced to come up with a new name, what would you do? How could you rebel without being killed or exiled? Some Jews had no desire to take Christian names so drew their names from nature by picking plants, bushes, trees or chose the names of places. Many surnames that are colors were chosen by Jews rather than picking Christian ones.

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Are You a Descendant of Secret Genealogy?

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Many of the early colonists (who were converts to the Dutch Reformed Church, “Calvinists” and whose parents or grandparents had been Jews from the Inquisition) continued to conceal their Jewish origins. Since the New York area was such a birthplace for America, if the colonists who came from Holland were not Christians but Jews, who cultivated huge families and partook of the building of a nation, it’s fair to say that America was built on a much stronger Jewish foundation than what was originally thought by historians.

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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Trouble Finding Ancestors? Maybe They Switched Ethnicity

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In the early stages of my researching, I started collecting so many names with whom my ancestors colonized with, married, bought from, sold to, etc. that I started calling them “the gang” and found it crucial that I research their names too. The clues that lay in the names of the associates were dead-giveaways. During the Diaspora Jews stuck together, and after all those years, during Colonial times, these pioneer American families were still sticking together. I often wonder whether the younger generations were aware of their Jewish heritage or if the older generations guided them to choose Jewish partners? A sort of silent conspiracy between sets of Jewish parents may have existed. There must have been heated arguments over whether or not to completely abandon Jewish origins (enabling new generations freedom from persecution and access to advantages in the New World) or to hang on desperately to the last vestiges of their ancient bonds.

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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My Ancestors? Dutch Crypto-Jews?

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Yes, millions of people have European ancestors that were Jewish and hid the fact. After Spain and Portugal’s Inquisitions, and France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Poland’s persecutions, European Jews wanted to own land and be free of special taxes and fees imposed upon them. Why don’t you know? Because telling their children could have exposed them. After a few generations the knowledge was completely lost. But today it’s possible to uncover the truth and it makes a great 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:

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WHAT IS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT?

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An ark is a chest. The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest the ancient Israelites made to hold the Tablets of “the law”. The story goes that the chest was made because of a command the Lord gave to Moses. It is also called The Ark of God, Ark of God of Israel, Ark of the Testimony, Ark of the Lord God and Ark of the Covenant of God. The Ark was oblong and it held two stone tablets that contained the Ten Commandments. The ark was sacred and highly symbolic for Jews. Its place was in the holiest spot of the Tabernacle and the first Temple. The story is told that the waters of the Jordan River divided when they drew near carrying the Ark. The Babylonians burned the Temple and the Ark of the Covenant is thought to have been destroyed in the fire. Jewish tradition tells of a restoration of the Ark of the Covenant when the Messiah comes.

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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Hidden Jewish Ancestry, Is it Just in the Name?

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The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and could very well be, as during this period there were immigrants flocking to the Netherlands to take advantage of all the busy seaports and the work available. Those having the skills necessary to construct homes and businesses for Holland’s wealthy merchant class would have found work. If they were Jewish they would have needed to hide it so they could join the trade guild. They would have hid it behind either Catholicism or Protestantism, depending on which one was safer at the time.

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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