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Genealogy: Have the Name Rachel in Your Family Tree?

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Rachel (Rahel) is Hebrew and means “ewe.” Rachel was Jacob’s wife. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob,” whose name later became “Israel”. The story is that Jacob worked for Rachel’s father for seven years in order to earn her hand in marriage. Rachel’s father tricked Jacob to work for another seven before allowing the marriage. Rachel was a popular Colonial American name for a girl and continues to be popular today.

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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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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Keep It Cryptic? Por Que?

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For those who one day discover that their ancestors were Jews, it’s shocking. It’s a mind-blowing experience; one just can’t explain the feeling. To have no idea that your family was previously Jewish stops you dead in your tracks. What? You say. When? You say. And more importantly, why did they hide it? For those of you asking, “What’s a Crypto-Jew?” the answer is, one who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. Even today in America, a country founded on religious freedom, there are those who when finding that their ancestors were Crypto-Jews, prefer to keep it cryptic. Why? You say. Because this world, no matter where you live, has become very strange in regards to religion. One of the definitions of religion is “an awareness or conviction of the existence of a supreme being, arousing reverence, love, gratitude, the will to obey and serve, and the like.” What? You say. And we have to hide that? Not a good idea to hide it. But religion causes a lot of problems. People have been going to war over it for thousands of years. I guess because each religion becomes such a large umbrella, horrible things often take shelter under that umbrella. Maybe with a lot more “live and let live” attitude and kindness to one another, though we are different, will help keep the gremlins out from underneath our umbrellas.

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Hebrew-Christians: The Bridge Between Christian and Jew

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Lately I was surprised to run across a term I’d never heard before, “Hebrew-Christians”. This is an old term appearing in historic census records from the Holy Land and Poland, referring to Jews who considered their ethnicity as Jewish but their religion to be Christian. Of course the earliest Christians were Jews, Christianity began with a small sect of Jews following Jesus, whom we know was also a Jew. I do not know how far back the term “Hebrew-Christian” was used. Undoubtedly there were “Hebrew-Christians” who dropped the Hebrew part of the expression and eventually were known only as “Christian”, this is why it is often so difficult for people to accept that their ancestors were Jewish. They had just never heard it said. Historical events of persecution give grand evidence for the reason why the “Hebrew” portion of the expression was dropped.

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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