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Genealogy: Digging Deeper Into Spanish Ethnicity

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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:

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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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Keeping Track of the Tribes of Israel… It Would Be So Much Easier…

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It would make it easier to understand if it were the Twelve Tribes of Jacob instead of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Jacob’s name later became Israel). All the tribes are the descendants of Jacob who ruled over a portion of Canaan territory around 1800 B.C.E. In the Book of Genesis, Jacob was referred to as a lion. That lion became the symbol of the Israelite Tribe of Judah. The Tribe of Judah are the “Jews” but today “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites.”

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

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Lost Tribes of Israel… Ireland? Scotland? The Celts?

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Secret GenealogyThe Tribe of Dan was one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Dan was the fifth son of Jacob (Israel). One day I saw a website that claimed that Celts were descendants of a mix of several of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Proponents of this theory insist that the Irish descend from the ancient Hebrew tribe of Dan and that Irish tribal name of “Tuatha de Daanan” identifies them.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover They go further and state that the Danite symbol is the eagle and that they discovered America twice, once in the B.C. era and then later as Vikings. Today the eagle is America’s iconic symbol. A peek into the dictionary reveals the following:

Hebrides – Group of islands off the west coast of and belonging to Scotland

Hibernia – Ireland

Heb., Hebr. – Hebrew(s)

Hebraic – pert. to the Hebrews or their language

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

Genealogy: Have a Sam in Your Family Tree? Samuel, Samuels, Samuelson …

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Sam is a very common name. Ever wonder the origins? Samuel is a Hebrew name meaning, “His name is El.” What does El mean? It means God, so the name Samuel means, his name is God. Another similar sounding name is Samson or Sampson, also Hebrew and meaning, “Solar or Sun’s Man.”

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

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Genealogy: Have the Name Aaron in Your Family? How About Levi?

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Aaron is an ancient Hebrew name. He was a Levite, which meant he was a member of the tribe of Levi. Who were the Levites? They assisted the tabernacle priests with the sacred vessels. The third book of the Jewish Law of Moses is Leviticus, which contains the ceremonial laws for the Levites and the priests. Leviticus is also one of the books of the bible. Aaron was the high priest of the Jews. He referred to the ceremonial laws of Leviticus for his divine instruction.

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

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Genealogy: Is Your Last Name Jacobs?

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How about Jacob, Jacobi or Jacobson? You probably don’t think about it but the ethnic roots of Jacobs go back to ancient Israel. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob,” whose name later became “Israel.” Once you find your Israelite ancestors, you can further your research and try to decipher whether they were Jews or Samarians but they were both Israelites and descended from Jacob who was referred to as a Lion in the Book of Genesis in the Torah/Bible. The lion became the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah. Jacob was a big deal.

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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