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They Were Christians and They Held a High Seat in the Synagogue?

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For heavens sake, is it just me or does the expression, “High seat in the synagogue,” sound Jewish? This expression is one of many you may run across, once you develop an eye and ear for it. I don’t know why, after five years, I’m still shaking my head about Jewish ancestry on both my parent’s trees. I guess it’s because they were SO religious and that religion was Christian. All the clues I’ve compiled do nothing to remove that feeling of amazement that my ancestors were Jewish. It’s like following along in your own Dan Brown novel, looking for clues and uncovering ancient truths. No, actually, it’s better because we all know, “The truth is stranger than fiction.” 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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Court Jews – “Hofjew” Could Play a Role in Your Ancestry Search

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During the Middle Ages, when Jews were denied access to trade guilds, they became dominant in finance and business, especially for the courts. This caused envy among other Jews whose lives were in sharp contrast. A fierce debate goes on to this day but the history of the “Hofjew” could play a role in your ancestry search, particularly if you see any clues in your genealogical tree. One Dutch surname is “Brengerhof.” In German, Hof means “farm or yard.” Court Jews were called “Hofjuden,” and whether there was intent to insult by association with a farm, similar to the derogatory “Marrano/Swine” name during the Inquisition, I have not heard but in the Netherlands “hof” meant “court” and the main messenger of this court was called a “Brenger.” If your surname is “Brengerhof” or “Brinkerhoff” I would consider following the Jewish research trail. In England the expression was “Court Jew” and in Latin “Feret” means to “bear, bring, carry off, consider, get, produce, receive, tell, speak of or win.” This class of Jews were granted “protection” because they were accountants, clerks, tax collectors, etc. who provided excellent service to the local government.”

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:

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