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Jewish Genealogy | Jewish Genealogy

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Nov.27.2013
I grew up with a sense of not knowing my origins. Now why was that? You would think that if there were nothing to hide I would know. And if you haven’t noticed, there are many Americans who don’t really know where their ancestors hailed from, which is why genealogy is so popular in this country....
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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...
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Feb.21.2013
The original meaning of Andrew means "manliness". As a disciple of John the Baptist, Andrew was one of the twelve apostles (twelve men selected by Jesus to be with him). Like Jesus, Andrew was a fisherman. Andrew went to Greece to preach Jesus' teachings and it was in Greece where Andrew was...
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Dec.10.2012
Millions of us have ancestors with variations of the name Anne. But did you know that Hannah is a Hebrew name meaning Grace? Hannah was the mother of Samuel. But the birth of a son did not come easily for her. The story is ... she had to pray for him. Every year Hannah made a pilgrimage to the...
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Oct.16.2012
The Jutes were members of one of the Low German tribes of Jutland, some of them settled in Kent, England after their 5th century invasion. An adjective for Jute is “Jutish” pronounced jootish. I can hear a Danish-accented tongue saying Jute for Judah. Judah of course, meaning the tribe of Judah....
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Jun.26.2012
As genealogists our task is to reach into the past. We find the father then we want the father's father but eventually we reach silence. Who were these people? One way to decipher who your ancestors were is by analyzing their names. The surnames (and first names) of ancestors will not unequivocally...
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Jun.25.2012
Historians and genealogists will tell you that parents gave their children Biblical names because that was the fashion during the 1700 and 1800s. I always accepted that but today I am not so sure. I think we should reopen our family albums and look deeper into the meanings in our family trees and...
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May.09.2012
Another group having high percentages of the Rh-Negative blood factor are the Oriental Jews of Israel, which is unique because among the Chinese and Japanese, it is almost non-existent, maybe one out of a hundred people.   Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for tracing...
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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...