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Ever Wonder, Am I Jewish?

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You could be. Throughout history, Jews have hidden and cut their ties to avoid persecution. There are many clues to decipher and uncover family secrets.

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 Does Anglo-Saxon Really Mean?

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I believe it was in the 1960s when I started hearing the term “Anglo-Saxon”. I’m pretty sure it was derogatorily, if even subtly and I was never quite sure what it meant except that I assumed that I was one of “them” but now that I know my extensive family history, I know that I am not, nor is anyone, just one “group”.

In order to distinguish between different groups we tend to give names to them. Though each of us may be proud of our heritage, I suspect there are times when most of us don’t particularly care to be referred to as an Anglo, Asian, Jew, Arab, etc. It brings us into the “us and them” realm. I have a great-grandmother from the Morris Clan which could have Arabic roots stemming from Spanish Moors during the Middle Ages because the Latin word for Moor is “Maurus” from the Greek “Mauros” and in French you may find it as “More”.  I have also found Jewish ancestry and I imagine if I could see deep into the past I would find Asian and African roots and connections to all people of the world with prominent enough populations to have been given a “name”.

So it was with interest that while I was reading an English history book, WROUGHTON THROUGH THE MISTS OF TIME and they ask the question, “WHO’S WHO?” I took note. They attempt to simplify things:

“Anglo-Saxon became the overall term for the ruling classes and eventually English became both the name for the people of most of Britain and for the language spoken by them.”

That said, it is still confusing. One of the definitions of confuse is “to mix or blend so that things cannot be distinguished; jumble together.” That about sums it up.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Why Wasn’t My Family Catholic?

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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?

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Inquisition still on their Minds, Jewish Immigrants Hid their Origins

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The reason many Americans can’t fill in their family trees is because their ancestors were Jewish. You’ll notice Americans did funny things with their surnames, creating difficulties for descendants to trace them back to the old country. There was a lot of Anglicizing of names, both first and last. You will be surprised when you start listening and seeing the names through a better wisdom. The early Jewish Immigrants hid who they were because the Inquisitional stories were still quite fresh and they wanted to begin new lives partaking of the same opportunities available to other Colonists.

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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