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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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First We’ll Set Up the Holy Brotherhood… Then We’ll Persecute Everyone Who’s Not Christian

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Ever wonder how the Spanish Inquisition came to be? King Ferdinand married his cousin Isabella and the two of them went about reuniting their kingdom. Problem is… they had a cruel way of going about it. I guess they thought things would be better if everyone in the kingdom was one religion. They eventually succeeded, but at great cost to non-Christians.

Spain had a large Muslim population because for centuries, the country had been ruled by the Moors and there were plenty of Jews because the Moors let them be. But the Christians finally won back the Spanish provinces and the king and queen were dead set on straightening things out… they wanted unity. There were also too many different languages and too much lawlessness. Some districts were ruled by religious leaders, while other regions had developed governments. Ancient Spain was in disarray.

So they brought out the mounted police, the Holy Brotherhood (Santa Hermandad), a police force on horseback who let feudal war lords know who was boss. Then the monarch set up their famous system of inquiry, The Inquisition it was called. They brought people into court and interrogated them. Basically, it was… you’re going to be a Christian. You are not going to pretend you are a Christian; you are really going to be a Christian. And if you’re not, you’ll be expelled from the kingdom. And by the way, on your way out… leave everything here, including your gold. You wealthy Moors and Jews, leave your land to the kingdom, your cattle also stays. And all those agricultural fields and trees you planted? We’ll take that too. Next!

What really made the monarch angry were the Moors and Jews who converted to Catholicism but who weren’t really Christian. They hated that. Imagine the nerve of them, going to church on Sunday but when at home practicing Islam or Judaism. And Christians who didn’t accept the monarch’s idea of what it meant to be a Catholic… they were punished too. Ferdinand and Isabella burned people to death. They tied them to crosses and started fires at their feet. No kidding. That’s one of the reasons why the New World became populated. People were running from serious oppression. Trouble is… the Inquisition followed them. That’s when we see The Mexican Inquisition in the history books. And that’s why there are Catholics who take DNA tests and find out they are Jewish. Well what do you know? Nobody said anything. Would you?

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Genealogy: Who Says You Can’t Go Back?

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One of the biggies in world history is the Spanish Inquisition. And let’s not forget that it moved to Portugal and then to Mexico. Because of these Inquisitions, many people are unaware of their Jewish heritage. They haven’t a clue and if you mention it to them, they look at you like you are crazy. The countries just mentioned were not the only ones who persecuted Jews, there were other countries and of course other ethnic groups that were treated horribly. History is so full of wrong doings, seems every group was either persecuted or persecutor. Lately though, Spain has been reaching out to the descendants of Medieval Jews who were driven from their homeland. You’ll find a link to a website at the bottom of this blog. The website has a long list of surnames that Spain wishes to welcome back. There’s even a deal where they will grant you citizenship. I hate to be cynical but history shows many European countries repeatedly kicking the Jews out and then welcoming them back, especially when times got tough because the Jews tended to bring prosperity with them. Spain has been in the news for several years now, having huge financial problems. I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t history repeating itself. And if I was Jewish, would I feel safe returning to Spain in that political environment?

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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Ancestry & Genealogy: Time to Know Who You Really Come From

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No more secrets. It’s not necessary. No more lies. DNA can shed light on it. Our ancestors may have “pretended” to be of an ethnicity they weren’t born with but let’s check it out. Why do so many Americans have Old Testament Hebrew names? Hosea… first king of the Jews? Why would an ancestor have that name if he wasn’t from a Jewish family? Rebecca, Rachel… Old Testament names… maybe the ancients were from Judah. The habit of persecuting Jews was rampant during the Middle Ages and still practiced into the 18th century… Jews were expelled from the Louisiana area. Check it out… do you have Southern ancestry? Did they the leave Louisiana area between 1724-1803 and move into the adjoining territory? Maybe they were Jewish and they didn’t want to be persecuted. Maybe they were just done with it. But guess what… we’re just gettin’ started. We want to know who we really are!

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: Have the Name Noah in Your Family Tree?

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What an interesting guy Noah was. Yes, yes, who hasn’t heard of Noah’s Ark and who doesn’t wonder how in the world one guy could fit all the earth’s species onto one boat? Noah was 10th down from Adam, the guy who made his famous entrance with Eve, yes that Adam… Adam and Eve. But Noah was literally a cultured guy. In Genesis, he appears to culture vineyards and discovered the art of making wine. Noah’s drunkenness creates quite a stir; you can find that story in the bible too. If you have an ancestor by the name of Noah, it could mean many things. Whether or not it’s a link to Jewish ancestry depends on whether one is able to study the family history and find any clues. Noah had a son named Shem and this is where the word “Semite” originated. Today we think of Semites as Jews and Arabs but this was not always the case. There were other Semite groups, including the Babylonians, Aramaeans, Phoenicians and Assyrians.

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: 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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