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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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It’s Not About Religion, It’s About Genealogy

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Having been interested in genealogy since I was a child, I would like to believe I’ve developed a good intuition regarding my ancestors, but let’s face it, we’ve never met the ancient ones. We’d like to get to know these ancient ancestors, but don’t be sure they’re similar to you, they may be quite different, that’s what makes it fascinating. Be careful and don’t cloud your search with religious beliefs, because it’s not about religion, it’s about genealogy. With an open heart and mind, we can uncover truths about the histories of our families that will delight and entertain descendants for generations, or perhaps, and hopefully… forever. 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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Genealogy: How Many Times Must I Ask Myself? They Were Jewish? Are You Kidding Me?

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It’s been at least five years, and I’ve written six books on the topic and I still shake my head in disbelief and ask myself, “Are you kidding? Jewish?” Unbelievable. Both my mother and father may have heard hints of it, but it didn’t sink in. I don’t believe they understood that their ancestors were Jewish. What a kick. I only wish they could have lived long enough to understand their colorful genealogy. My father with his bible and Christian teachings, the Christian prayer book he read daily, the bible verses my mother wrote on the family message board, the Sunday school teachings, the pictures of her mother holding flowers for the Lutheran church altar, all paint a picture of devout Christian belief. But before all these practices, is a history of names and clues that uncover a Jewish legacy that dates back thousands of years. Who’d a thunk? 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 II:  https://www.createspace.com/4235650

Secret Genealogy III:  https://www.createspace.com/4239009

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Genealogy: Have a Joshua in Your Family Tree? Or the Last Name O’Shea?

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Secret GenealogyJoshua is a Hebrew name meaning, “the Lord is salvation.” Joshua assisted Moses in the wilderness and took over as the leader of the Israelites when Moses died. Joshua acted as a spy for the Israelites and showed great leadership during the crossing of the River Jordan. Joshua was also a military man who led the Israelite Tribes to Canaan, the “Promised Land.” Also pronounced Jehoshua, Jehoshuah and Oshea.

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

 

Genealogy: Have the Name Rachel in Your Family Tree?

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Rachel (Rahel) is Hebrew and means “ewe.” Rachel was Jacob’s wife. The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob,” whose name later became “Israel”. The story is that Jacob worked for Rachel’s father for seven years in order to earn her hand in marriage. Rachel’s father tricked Jacob to work for another seven before allowing the marriage. Rachel was a popular Colonial American name for a girl and continues to be popular today.

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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What’s the Difference Between Christian Sunday and Jewish Sabbath?

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The Jewish Sabbath celebrates the completion of creation. It became a day of rest and today is strictly observed by Orthodox Jews as well as by multitudes of Christians. Sunday was chosen because it was understood that Jesus was resurrected on Sunday. The manipulation of the Sabbath has been notable throughout the centuries especially during Inquisitions when Jews were persecuted for practicing Sabbath on Saturday.

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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