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Anglo-Saxon | Anglo-Saxon

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Mar.20.2014
Anglo-French is an "Old French" word used to designate that which pertains to England and France as they are joined together. It's like Native-American or African-American and came in use after 1066 when William the Conqueror invaded England. William was from Northern France. By this time the Angli...
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Feb.22.2013
The word gospel derives from the Anglo-Saxon words, God, Good, Spell. When someone preaches the gospel it refers to the teachings of Jesus, especially the four books of the New Testament in the bible, the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy - A How...
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Sep.20.2012
Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity...
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Sep.14.2012
I was inspired to write about the Knights Templar and the Masons during the excitement surrounding Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”. My son Shane, was constantly schooling me about what he’d learned regarding secret societies and it inspired me to start looking into my own family's ties to the Masons....
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Aug.17.2012
After Spain and Portugal's Inquisitions, Jews who forcibly became “New Christians” and "Crypto-Jews, formed themselves into tightly-knit groups of “friends” and family, making it understandable that once you get to your family tree you should see other Jewish names. Watch for the point when they...
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Aug.13.2012
Judging by the number of Christians throughout the world, not only were the Catholic Monarchy's Inquisitions successful in "converting" Jews but Medieval Protestants were also quite competent in their ambitions to convert Jews to Christianity. So this means that there were thousands of Jews who for...
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Apr.24.2012
Yes, you read that correctly, many of our ancestors were just that, Anglo-Saxon-Crypto-Jews. One of the definitions for Anglo-Saxon is "one of the mixed race that forms the English nation". In other words, if your ancestors were Jews who were concealing their ethnicity while they lived in the...
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Apr.05.2012
Quite possibly because they were Jewish. Sometimes it was only the dropping of "berg" or "stein" from the end of their name but it often meant changing it altogether. Jacobi to Banta, Shereshevsky to Sherry and Cohen to Craig, these are all examples of surname changes. We are given a variety of...
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Sep.13.2011
The surname “Roten” may have originally been Jewish. If the name originated from the old Sephardic name “Rotin”, it was eventually Anglicized to Wroughton, Wroten, etc. Many African Americans bear the Wroten name and are searching for their ancestral roots. Wroten/Roten family lines have left...
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Feb.05.2011
The last post in this blog generated more comments than any yet in its short life. One of them was so unique and so valuable that I’m taking the liberty of freeing it from its public presence in the comments to give it prominence in a more public presence in this post. {alliteration, anyone?}...