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Those Elusive Jewish Ancestors, Let the Iberian Truth Prevail

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Those of you who’ve read my books, know that I write about uncovering ancient Jewish ancestry. You’ve read about my researching my father-in-law’s Jewish ancestry and how I stumbled onto clues that my ancestors were also Jews. But I could not prove it. There were so many clues but nothing was concrete. Even though seeing their surname on a list of Jews asked to leave Spain during the Spanish Inquisition was more proof, it didn’t mean it was my ancestors. They could have shared the same name. But today, when I decided to look at my 23andMe composition chart and see what changes they’d made, I saw this:

“You most likely had a fourth-great-grandparent, fifth-great-grandparent, sixth-great-grandparent, or seventh-great- (or greater) grandparent who was 100% Spanish & Portuguese. This person was likely born between 1680 and 1770.”

The descendants of the former Jews of Spain and Portugal are called Sephardim. The DNA testing companies are getting better at finding not just Ashkenazic Jewish ancestry but Sephardic too. Finding Spanish & Portuguese ancestry does not prove 100% that my ancestors were Jews. But their surname, Bonte is on the list of Jews asked to leave Spain. Maybe the next time that I check, there will be more DNA discoveries. Keep digging away at those Iberian clues. Sooner or later, the truth will prevail.

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, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

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Secret Genealogy Books Available in Print

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Just a heads up informing that all three of the “Secret Genealogy” books are now available in print. Thanks for reading my blog and my books!

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Secret Genealogy (paperback and ebook)

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Secret Genealogy II (paperback and ebook)

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Secret Genealogy III (paperback and ebook)

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Genealogy: The Cold Trail of Our Ancestors

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Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity and changes their name for the sole purpose of changing their ethnic identity. When they change both first and last names or Anglicized it beyond recognition, as was often the case in Colonial America when the English ran the show, it leaves you with an icy cold trail because basically, the act is almost like “killing” the former identity.

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: Do You Have a Benjamin in Your Family Tree?

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Benjamin is a Hebrew name meaning “Son of the right hand”. If your family tree has a Benjamin it could be that your ancestors had an affinity for the ancient Israelites. Used alone, Ben means “Son of”. You will find the Hebrew prefix Ben, used abundantly in Hebrew names as in Ben Jacobs, of course meaning “Son of Jacob”. It makes it hard to trace our ancestors when their ethnicity and or religion changed from Hebrew to Hebrew- Christian and eventually to Christian, but knowing the origins of both first names and surnames is a great place to start.

 

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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Where and What is Canaan? The Promised Land?

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Geographically, Canaan is situated in the Middle East and surrounded by the Dead Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. The Ancient Israelites had a prophecy that Canaan was the land of milk and honey and that God promised it to them for “life everlasting.”

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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New Angle On Hard To Find Genealogy

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We should not assume that our ancestors three or four hundred years ago were Christians. Yes they may have their names in church records, Christian marriage records, etc. but this does not mean they were not Jewish. Nor am I trying to say they weren’t Christians. They could easily have been Jewish and were either hiding it or in the process of converting. There are many Old Testament names resting upon the graves of our Christian ancestors. If you can’t find any ancestry past that headstone, you should try looking at it from another angle.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry and Secret Genealogy II, Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, both available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose.

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The Art of the Ancient Celts of Britain

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What skill the ancient Celts had developed by 1800 B.C.E. Their bronze working was quite impressive, especially their colorful enameling. Sometimes their axes, spears, swords and daggers were adorned with colorful stones. Imagine beautiful women with semi-precious stones embedded into hair ornaments and men with colorful brooches fastening their cloaks. When gazing at their art, one can’t help but wonder what thoughts went through these artists’ minds as they created such beauty with lines so fluid.

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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