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The Ghosts of Christians Passed

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Last Saturday I looked up museums and ran across an historic cemetery. My husband and I took the dog and meandered through the flowering magnolia trees and profuse blooms of orange poppies. It was a huge cemetery so it turned out to be a great place to get exercise and with all the flowering trees, wild flowers and rose bushes, it was actually a cheerful place. A lot can be learned from visiting a cemetery. There were sections for various wars and sections where victims of a cholera epidemic in 1850 claimed almost 1,000 lives. There was a security guard walking around and I visited with him. “Is there a Jewish section?” I asked. He seemed confused and thought about it for a minute and said, “No, I don’t believe there is.” I suspect though, that there’s a cryptic Jewish section and I look forward to returning to see if I can find it. I might have luck looking through the Masonic and Oddfellows sections because many California Jewish Pioneers’ proudly display the symbols of these secret societies on their tombstones. 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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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: Elusive German Ancestors

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German-Jews, the term almost seems an oxymoron, but of course many Jews were at one time, and are today, Germans. I have a Jewish friend who thinks it’s amusing that his parents named him Jerry, German slang for a German. The Nazis were so inhospitable, it’s hard to understand why Jews would want to remain or return to Germany, except that the love for their country was immense. But Jews made their homes in Germany many generations ago. In antiquity, Jewish traders traveled into Germany and so did the Greeks, Syrians and other Eastern merchants, and many made their homes there, with as much right to do so as any. In 1871 German Jews received equal rights. So if you’ve any confusion, rest assured, your German Jerrys could be Jews. 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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Rh-Negative Blood Factor… An Ancient Ethnic Clue?

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I have Rh-negative blood and so do a lot of Basques. But so do other groups like Oriental Jews and Ancient Iranian Jews, as well as Berbers. It would seem that I had an ancestor belonging to one of those ethnic groups, and they eventually, in the 1600s, came to the New World. But while reading, “Atlas of the North American Indian,” by Carl Waldman, I see that researchers have found similarities in language of Native Americans as well as grave markers, in Pennsylvania and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, that resemble those of the Basque. The Basque may have come to America long before Colonialism and it’s possible that through a Native American ancestor, I’ve inherited this blood type. It is a very ancient connection and one that is intriguing, adding one more possibility to think about in that elusive history of the Rh-negative blood factor.  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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Religion and Genealogy: What’s A Crypto-Jew?

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A Crypto Jew is someone who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. There was a lot of fear about being a Jew in Europe during the 14th, 15th, 16th century and in the 1700s, in North America, Jews were expelled from the Louisiana Territory. In Europe, when the Spanish monarchy decided they wanted a united Catholic Spain, obviously for wealth and power, Jews were forced to be cryptic about their religion. It was either that or be deported, without most of your possessions, because being a “Judaizer” meant one forfeited their wealth, or a sentence of death was handed down for their “Judaizing” and not by humane means.

Today, there’s a new movement afoot and it’s growing in popularity, especially in the Southwest. People who discover their ancestors were Jewish are returning to their roots. Although it’s popular in Catholic Latino populations, it isn’t isolated to this group. There are folks of all persuasions pleased to discover who their ancestors were and to learn the religion of the ancients.

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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Secret Genealogy:  https://www.createspace.com/4234160

Secret Genealogy II:  https://www.createspace.com/4235650

Secret Genealogy III:  https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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What Does Prodigal Mean? As in Prodigal Son…

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Prodigal means given to reckless extravagance, characterized by wasteful expenditure, lavish, squandering. The story in the bible about the prodigal son was one of welcome. The father welcomed his son home, even though he had squandered his wealth. The father saw the son as being alive again. This popular parable is attributed to Jesus.

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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What Does the “Messianic Hope” Mean?

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The expression “Messianic Hope” is used by both Christians and Jews. Because Christians believe Jesus is the messiah, the anticipation of his return (Second Coming) is their “Messianic Hope.” However, for Jews it is different. Recorded in the Old Testament of the bible, is the Jewish belief that a king of the Davidic line (Royal House of David) would deliver Israel from oppression. A family that for centuries continues the name David in all its various forms may be historically preserving their descent from the House of David. Similar names include: Davidson, Dovid, Davids, Davi, Davis, Daves, Davin, Davins, Davala, Daviu, Davies, Daud, Daud Ibn, Davila, Davilla and Davision. 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: http://www.oceanhose.com

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