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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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Mexico’s Inquisitional Coastal Jews

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The coastal area of Mexico is where many Jews settled during the Inquisitional period. As the years progressed, many moved toward the cities. Descendants portray ancestors as Jews who posed as Christians. They chose highly religious surnames like “de Jesus”. They allowed their daughters to become nuns and their sons to become priests so that the family could go to him for confession, avoiding the Catholic version of confessing sins. These families were guilty of Judaizing and they could have been executed for it. History shows that thousands were. These ancestors kept their Jewish symbols hidden away, perhaps never showing them to their children. There is a long list of Converso surnames from Mexico and America’s Southwest. The descendants of these Crypto-Jews are speaking up and re-claiming their heritage and it is not always easy for them.

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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