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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:

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Secret Genealogy III:   http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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The “Masonic” Barn Star? Or is it the Star of David?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThe very first five-pointed star may have been found by archaeologists. Known as a pentagram, it is also historically Solomon’s Seal, used by the King of Judah in the 10th century B.C.E. Solomon was the son of King David. Today the Star of David that adorns the flag of the nation of Israel is six-pointed but there are those who believe that originally the five-pointed star (pentagram) was used earlier.Secret Genealogy As for Masonic barn stars, Masonic rituals vary within regions. One area may use Islamic icons for their rituals while another may use those based on Judaism and Christianity. One would probably have to ask individual barn owners what their star symbolized. Maybe in Kentucky we’d receive answers referring to the Civil War while in Indiana it could signify folk art. I pass one regularly out in front of a BBQ restaurant and I suspect it is meant to give one the impression of Texas. Stars are popular everywhere but depending upon how they are poised, sometimes you get the feeling it is a political or philosophical statement. I tried asking a Kentucky gentleman who lived across the street from a huge barn with a huge star on it. He acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about so good luck with that. When you figure it out … please let me know.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

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. 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

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP