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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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Genealogy: Have a Joshua in Your Family Tree? Or the Last Name O’Shea?

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Secret GenealogyJoshua is a Hebrew name meaning, “the Lord is salvation.” Joshua assisted Moses in the wilderness and took over as the leader of the Israelites when Moses died. Joshua acted as a spy for the Israelites and showed great leadership during the crossing of the River Jordan. Joshua was also a military man who led the Israelite Tribes to Canaan, the “Promised Land.” Also pronounced Jehoshua, Jehoshuah and Oshea.

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

 

Genealogists, Let’s Talk Cryptically About Our Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents

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You’d be cryptic too if you were uprooted wherever you went. You can’t blame your ancestors for keeping quiet about their Hebrew origins, they wanted to live. And so today, we live, because our ancestors said “enough already” and were eventually convinced into joining the Christian belief system. Belief systems aside, we’re talking genealogy and those of us who are fascinated with unraveling that puzzle want to know. A true genealogist does not care what color nor what religion an ancestor was, they want to get to the truth. Uncovering that truth is a sense of pride because in America, people are free to practice their religion, no longer hiding in dark rooms for fear of, let’s face it … death.

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’s A Hebrew-Christian?

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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 records 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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What’s Wrong With Being Jewish?

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I am not Jewish and was shocked to discover that my ancestors were. They were some of the first American colonists who settled in New Amsterdam and the forebears of many prominent and sometimes famous families. Like thousands of other Jews they fled European persecution often going through France, Italy or Germany first, before going to Amsterdam, a city that Abba Eban says “evokes a special intimacy and affection in Jewish hearts”.

As the identity of these ancestors becomes apparent, why is it that the mere mention of it on the genealogical message boards often brings dead silence and sometimes hostility? What’s wrong with being a Jew? Early American Jews were highly moral, hard-working virtuous families having all the qualities that Americans strive for and admire. In fact, my research has brought me to the revelation that these “silent Jews” helped form the basis for what we’ve often thought was the “Protestant work ethic” or “Christian values”. Whether you find comfort in it or not, an investigation into the origins of some of the family names woven deeply into the fabric of early American history show they were originally Jews.

Historians and genealogists will all tell you that Colonial parents gave their children Biblical names not because they were Jewish but because it was fashionable. I always accepted that but today I am not so sure. I think we should reopen our family albums and look deeper into the meanings in our family tree and coats of arms. Names such as Levi, Jacob, Rebecca, Rachel, Benjamin and Ezekiel may have been the last opportunity Colonial American Jewish parents had to lay claim to a heritage that stems back thousands of years and has the biblical stories to accompany it. I come from numerous generations of Christians but before that many of them were Jewish and I ask you now with an open heart, what’s wrong with that?

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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Jews Come Out of History’s Closet

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There is a Crypto-Jewish movement underway, particularly in the southwestern United States. The Internet is full of websites and interesting stories regarding modern day descendants of history’s hidden Jews. Judaism requires conversion and present day Rabbis are strict about it. Some of today’s Crypto-Jews complain about being “left out,” which is why many of the Crypto-Jews have chosen to create their own “Jewish” group. There is an Association of Crypto Jews for Hispanic Sephardim. Even if you are not interested in joining, it’s interesting to see the pictures they have posted. From the smiles on their faces, you can see they enjoy worshipping the religion of their ancient ancestors.

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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