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Genealogy: New York Ancestors

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Ah, New York, New York… and before that it was New Amsterdam. Your New York ancestors could very well have been New Amsterdam Jews. The first Jews who immigrated to Colonial America hid that they were Jews, because they weren’t welcome… yet. Politics and oppression kept them quiet about their true origins, but soon enough, a few brave, intelligent, levelheaded leaders, both Jew and non-Jew, made great strides, and Jews from Spain, Portugal and Brazil began immigrating and were accepted as citizens. The earliest immigrants were probably the descendants of Inquisitional Jews. Later, in the early 1800’s, Jewish immigrants came from Germany and Central European countries. Still later, Jewish immigrants came from Poland and especially Russia, to escape forced army enlistment.   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 eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean eBooks at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Secret-Genealogy-by-Suellen-Ocean

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Genealogy: Finding the Ethnicity of Adopted Ancestors

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It’s a tough road for a genealogist who has an ancestor who was adopted. You may not have a clue which way to look, but instinct tells me not to rule out, that they could have been one of thousands of Jews who left Russia in the late 1800’s and immigrated to America. These Jews had been heavily persecuted and confined to a tough geographical region known as the “Pale of Settlement,” where due to overcrowding, there was disease and destitution. The Russian government used young Jewish men as soldiers, demanding they serve in the Russian army. This led to large numbers of Jews immigrating to America in the 1870’s when very young Jewish boys were expected to join the Russian army. Many of these immigrants could easily have been sent by loving parents to save them from a cruel fate. Ports in Texas were often where these young Jewish boys wound up, far away from familiar Jewish culture. 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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eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

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Genealogy: Russian Jews Arriving In Texas

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Galveston Texas was a port through which Jews came through when escaping the Russian army. I read one family historical account that stated that Jewish children were conscripted into the Russian army when they were as young as seven years old. Many modern day American Jews know they are Jewish but that’s about it. After World War I, in some areas, there weren’t that many Jews in America. Therefore they had no one to teach them their religion and culture. A lot of the German Jews who “assimilated” denied they were 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

eBooks and computer downloads available through Smashwords:

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ocean

eBooks at Barnes & Noble:

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