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Mar.15.2012
History puts a date on the first Diaspora from the Land of Israel, also known as the Babylonian exile, as 586 B.C.E. The Second Diaspora from the Land of Israel came after Christianity took hold. Jews that were not banished from the land of Israel packed up and left on their own accord. This...
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Mar.09.2012
History puts a date on the first Diaspora from the Land of Israel, also known as the Babylonian exile, as 586 B.C.E. The Second Diaspora from the Land of Israel came after Christianity took hold. Jews that were not banished from the land of Israel packed up and left on their own accord. This...
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Mar.06.2012
If you were forced to convert to Christianity and forced to come up with a new name, what would you do? How could you rebel without being killed or exiled? Some Jews had no desire to take Christian names so drew their names from nature by picking plants, bushes, trees or chose the names of places....
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Mar.05.2012
The Jews of the Middle Ages were not unlike the Jews of Colonial America. They wanted to blend in. They frequently chose names from geographical locations or occupations and often had the same common names popular with the Christians of that area hence the difficulty in finding them now and the...
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Mar.04.2012
Many of the early colonists (who were converts to the Dutch Reformed Church, “Calvinists” and whose parents or grandparents had been Jews from the Inquisition) continued to conceal their Jewish origins. Since the New York area was such a birthplace for America, if the colonists who came from...
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Mar.02.2012
In the early stages of my researching, I started collecting so many names with whom my ancestors colonized with, married, bought from, sold to, etc. that I started calling them “the gang” and found it crucial that I research their names too. The clues that lay in the names of the associates were...
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Mar.01.2012
The English and the Americans may say "Scotch" but in Scotland it's "Scots". (Scotch is whiskey). It's easy to be confused, "Scotch" whiskey is made by the Scottish and there were many colonial immigrants to America known as Scotch-Irish, really Scots-Irish. If you are fortunate enough to go to...
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Feb.27.2012
Yes, millions of people have European ancestors that were Jewish and hid the fact. After Spain and Portugal's Inquisitions, and France, Italy, Germany, Russia and Poland's persecutions, European Jews wanted to own land and be free of special taxes and fees imposed upon them. Why don't you know?...
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Jan.16.2012
The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and...
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Jan.12.2012
     Though intermarrying happened within all ethnic groups, tribes, etc. the Jews of the Middle Ages did not approve of it. They were very strict with their laws and customs and they did not think it enough to have faith in God but believed it crucially important to follow the...