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Can’t Find Info on an Ancestor? Maybe She Was a Slave

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The UGRR mentions Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina time and time again as territories of bondage for African-Americans. During the 1850’s the office of the UGRR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom in Canada and sometimes New York and Boston. It’s difficult to piece together history if all we have is a name, a birthplace and a birth year. Some don’t even have that. Mississippi and Louisiana are well-known slave states but remember that Virginia and Maryland were as well. 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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Are We Racists If We Ask, “What’s Your Nationality?”

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Good question. What is it, the last nation with which you were a citizen of? And then what nation is that nation? The last country that conquered it? America’s boundaries did a lot of changing during the Colonial era and so have countries around the world. It may seem interesting to question one who has a foreign accent, perhaps just being friendly but they may have been a citizen of our country long before we were born so to them it could make us appear racist. One thing most of us have in common is that we love our country. Whenever I travel outside of it, I’m always happy to be back.

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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Next the Injustices of Slavery?

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I am extraordinarily curious about colonial slavery and I hope writing about it will uncover why. I am very white but like many Americans, I have plenty of ancestral roots from colonial slave states. And why, as little children, did my sister and I pretend we were slaves? In a very serious manner, I would pull her around in a wagon and we would speak what we believed was slavery dialogue.

I have a pattern of basing my novels on people who have suffered injustices. (Although the stories are rather sexy and string romances together). “Lies of the Lion” is the story of post-Inquisitional Jews in Amsterdam who built communities while pretending they were Christians. “The Celtic Prince” is about the evolution of people away from their native Judaic roots and the pain it entails. “Gold River” is about a struggle for Native Americans to preserve ancient burial grounds.

My next project will no doubt include delving into the history surrounding Colonial Slaves. I touched on it in “The Celtic Prince” but will explore and share the findings much more extensively in the next story.

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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