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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

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Secret Genealogy III:   http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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Genealogy: New York Ancestors

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Ah, New York, New York… and before that it was New Amsterdam. Your New York ancestors could very well have been New Amsterdam Jews. The first Jews who immigrated to Colonial America hid that they were Jews, because they weren’t welcome… yet. Politics and oppression kept them quiet about their true origins, but soon enough, a few brave, intelligent, levelheaded leaders, both Jew and non-Jew, made great strides, and Jews from Spain, Portugal and Brazil began immigrating and were accepted as citizens. The earliest immigrants were probably the descendants of Inquisitional Jews. Later, in the early 1800’s, Jewish immigrants came from Germany and Central European countries. Still later, Jewish immigrants came from Poland and especially Russia, to escape forced army enlistment.   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 eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean eBooks at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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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:

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