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Genealogy: Digging Deeper Into Spanish Ethnicity


During the 11th and 12th centuries, in Spain there existed what’s known as the Golden Age, where Jews and Muslims, under amicable Mohammedan rule, grew intellectually and culturally. In the years preceding 1492, before Jews were completely expelled from Spain, they lived a grand Spanish existence, side by side with Muslims and various other Spaniards. Many of the ancient Jewish genealogical records from that era show Spanish surnames belonging to Jews. Some people are curious and quite surprised to find that their Spanish ancestors were actually Muslims or 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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Why Wasn’t My Family Catholic?


There were Jews who became Catholics during Inquisitional periods, there were Jews who remained Jews but not without tremendous sacrifice and there were Jews who became a part of the Protestant religious movements that made “Pilgrimages” to Protestant countries such as Prussia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Switzerland, England and of course England’s thirteen colonies. Serious genealogists should question, were my Huguenot (Protestant) ancestors originally Jews who joined with the Huguenots because they had a common enemy (Catholics)? Jewish Huguenot Pilgrims (Pilgrim means foreigner, or wanderer, especially one who embarks upon a long weary journey to a shrine) who hid behind the veil of Protestant Christianity, were a stepping-stone away from Judaism, a religion of which many, probably most did not return. Many came from Huguenot and Jewish communities that backed up against each other in the north of France with concentrations of Huguenots in the south and west of France as well, near Spain where Jews would have fled the Inquisition. It’s an interesting question, what drove my ancestors from Catholic Europe to American Colonies and other Protestant countries?

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