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Apr.07.2014
German-Jews, the term almost seems an oxymoron, but of course many Jews were at one time, and are today, Germans. I have a Jewish friend who thinks it's amusing that his parents named him Jerry, German slang for a German. The Nazis were so inhospitable, it's hard to understand why Jews would want...
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Feb.26.2014
I have Rh-negative blood and so do a lot of Basques. But so do other groups like Oriental Jews and Ancient Iranian Jews, as well as Berbers. It would seem that I had an ancestor belonging to one of those ethnic groups, and they eventually, in the 1600s, came to the New World. But while reading, "...
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Feb.11.2014
Heraldry refers to the symbol a chieftain or lord used to identify his fiefdom. This symbol was displayed in a banner, on his coat, on his soldier's coats and on their armament. This is where the expression "coat of arms" originated. During these medieval ages, they called a messenger a "herald."...
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Nov.18.2013
We know the story but can't quite place our ancestors as characters in the big picture, as much as we are longing to. I couldn't help notice though, that the pattern in which housekeeping slaves were kept in Colonial America, resembles that of ancient New Christians.   Fifty years after the...
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Oct.11.2013
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...
suellen-ocean's picture
Sep.12.2013
No more secrets. It's not necessary. No more lies. DNA can shed light on it. Our ancestors may have "pretended" to be of an ethnicity they weren't born with but let's check it out. Why do so many Americans have Old Testament Hebrew names? Hosea... first king of the Jews? Why would an ancestor have...
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Jul.31.2013
Lots of families can claim at least one family historian.  Having collected piles of data, they surface at family gatherings, weaving their slender genetic threads through generations of relations.  And then they bore everyone to extinction, remarkably, with their findings.  They...
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Jul.01.2013
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 never met the ancient ones. They lived during a different era so don't be sure they're similar to you, they may be quite different, that's...
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Jun.27.2013
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...
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Jun.26.2013
Amateur Genealogists find it difficult to believe that their ancestors were Jewish. They see proof that Great-great-grand-mama was enrolled in a Christian congregation and that the rest of the family continued the tradition, so there is no way she could have been Jewish. Today we have greater...