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Genealogy and Middle Eastern Ancient History… What’s an Iberian?

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I’ve written a number of posts about the Iberian question. It’s an answer highly sought, especially now that DNA testing companies are telling people that they have Iberian ancestry. The problem with genealogy is that it’s not fixed, it’s fluid. So were the Iberians.

It was the ancient Greeks who gave the Iberians their name, due to the fact that they called the southwest peninsula of Europe, Iberia. The Romans called it Hispania. The Greeks probably called the people Iberians because they lived along the Ebro river. (Ebro is Latin for Iberus. Yes, the spelling is slightly different.) These Iberians are known to be the first to settle in southwest Europe.

Celtic Tribes entered the scene as invaders. As aggressive warriors are known to do, they take women. So there’s that DNA too. Today, we can look to the Basque people as the descendants of these two groups who intertwined. But then, we can go sideways and ask, what “ethnicities” made up a Celtic tribe?

If you’re not confused enough already, the geographical location of the country that today is called Georgia (north of Armenia/south of the Caucasus) was called Iberia too. These Iberians were the descendants of ancient Iranians. My research on Rh-negative blood type, reminds me that ancient Iranian Jews have a high percentage of Rh-negative as do the Basque (Iberians). So there’s that too. 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, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family, Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here:

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Genealogy… Your Caribbean Ancestors May Have Been Jews

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Secret GenealogyYou might think that it was too long after the Inquisition to assume that ancestors who went to the Caribbean islands in the 1600’s were Jews escaping persecution. But there’s evidence that they were. Even if it took them a long time to get there.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

In the late 1400’s, Jews left Spain and Portugal to escape the Inquisition. They emigrated north to the Netherlands. In about 1650, their Jewish descendants emigrated to a Caribbean island known as Curacao. It was a Dutch colony where the Jews were able to build a cemetery. Sephardic Jews (and later the Ashkenazic Jews) emigrated to the New World from Central and Eastern Europe. Their destinations were the Caribbean colonies of Jamaica, Barbados, Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands and Dutch Saint Eustatius. The history of those colonies show large Jewish Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen IIIpopulations. As the years went by, they may have converted to Christianity. Like everyone else, they identified with their beloved countries so spoke the language of their new country. Yes, they were Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and other Eastern Europeans but they may have also been 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, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees.  Available here:Kindle COVER Secret Genealogy IV

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