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To DNA or Not to DNA… That is the Question

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I recently had my DNA tested and it moved me forward in my knowledge of where my ancestors hailed from. Like everyone else, our earliest ancestors came from Africa and the Middle East. The science is still young, so you are likely to only receive a little information about your family genetics. And you will lose some privacy if you agree to sharing your results. The fun part of sharing is that you meet “cousins.” But they, like most everyone else participating, are wondering “now what?” Our lives are so busy, most of us don’t have the time to dig deeper into the DNA website and see what it has to offer us. I only took one test, with one company and they keep in touch, basically trying to sell me on more opportunities, but I think in the future I’ll try another company and start with them, from scratch. Just to see what they say. It seems easier that way. And it sounds like fun.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP

Religion – What’s the Most Close-Minded Thing Genealogists Run Across?

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Religion can make finding ancestors both easier and harder. Especially if we don’t keep an open mind. I once heard a genealogist say that the hardest point to get across to people searching their family trees was that the spelling of their family names had changed. She said people refuse to accept that their surname was originally spelled differently. “No, no, that’s not them. They spelled it Smith, not Smythe.” I’ve run across that too. And it’s like that with religion. Some folks just refuse to accept that their ancestor’s spiritual beliefs were different in the old country. But no matter what we believe today, we cannot change the spiritual beliefs of our ancestors. But please don’t be disappointed. Be heartened. There is so much we can learn about ourselves and our ancestors by studying the religions of the ancients. It is a life-changing event and one you do not want to miss. 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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Genealogy: Am I Related to Someone Famous?

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How can we make connections going back hundreds of years when trying to find our ancestors? Especially when they have abandoned their original religion and culture, moved across the seas and started new lives. For many of us, our ancestors have really changed. They have changed so much that we don’t recognize them or refuse to because their lives and belief systems are so foreign. Occasionally, a genealogist will find the same profession or brilliance running in the family tree for hundreds of years. There are people who share the same surname as a great musician or mathematician but can’t make any connection to that person other than the surname. The links are lost to the ages. But keep trying. Read all you can about that famous person and make a timeline. Over the years as you find more information, fill in the timeline. Someday you might find some little piece of historical evidence that proves to you that your own musical genius just happens to run in the family tree.

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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Time To Hear More Genealogy From African Americans

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I would love to hear more from African Americans about their genealogy pursuits. Whether it’s research they’ve done at a university, the local library, the Internet or following through with promises they made to their grandmother to look into their oral history that’s been passed down for generations. I can see that people are coming to my blogs to read about rh negative blood factor. My recent experience shows me that many of us with rh negative blood factor are searching for answers. Please feel free to chime in as a few others have done. One thing we all have in common is we are the sort of people who are curious. Some folks don’t care about genealogy, where they came from and who they descend from. Others are fascinated, truly “turned on” by genealogy. I’m one of those. And the more diversity I find in my long line of ancestors, the more passionate I become. They were peasants, farmers, royalty, warriors, weavers and mystics. And though they were neolithic and primitive and later maybe sophisticated medievals, the people who came before us have a story to tell. No doubt about it, they existed, just as sure as we’re standing here. What’s your story? What have you heard about those who came before you?

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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Was Buddha Jewish?

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My son says I think everyone is Jewish. It may seem like that because I was so surprised when I discovered that millions of people have ancient Jewish ancestry and they haven’t a clue. So many times I’ve had a hunch that a famous historical person might have been Jewish and I did a little sleuthing around and sure enough, I found evidence that this person really could have been Jewish. Jews invented monotheism (one God). For thousands of years, they’ve been a very tightly knit religious group. Their symbol is the lion. One day I got to wondering… could Buddha have been influenced by Judaism? I did a little searching and I found no sign of that. The closest I could come was that the lion symbolizes the “moral power of Buddha.”

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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Genealogy: Have the Name Lion, Lyon, Leo, Leon, Leonard or Lionel in Your Family Tree?

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Lions, lions everywhere… no kidding. People love lions. The ancient Jews loved lions. Jacob, one of the patriarchs of the Jews was referred to as a lion in the Book of Genesis. The lion became the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Jacob’s son Judah so Judah also signifies lion. In times of antiquity, a Jewish man could sign documents as either “Judah” or “Lion.” Eventually Lion became a surname. Leo and Leon are Latin names that mean lion, Leonard is Greek and means “strong or brave as a lion” and Lionel is a French name that means “young lion.” Having one of these lion names certainly does not make one Jewish but I would not rule it out.

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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No Wonder Ancestors Are So Hard to Track

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In America there are some who believe their original surname is “Williams” when it was originally “Vladovski”. The Hebrew name Rochel/Rachel became Rose. Gershenberg became anglicized to Gerson or Gersh. Baruch became Bernie and Herschel became Harold. The very ethnic sounding Jewish name of “Yekotiel” became Leopold. It was very common in America for Jews to change their names. It was still common during the depression era. For many, religion was not as important and at the time they felt that a name could either help you get ahead or hold you back. Ethnic sounding names like “Aronovsky” became Arnell.

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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