You could be. It’s possible that your ancestors were Jewish and they did their best to conceal it. Throughout history, Jews have hidden and cut their ties to avoid persecution. There are many clues to decipher before uncovering family secrets and organizations dedicated to helping one find their Jewish roots and, as with all genealogical endeavors; it is a lot of fun.
Perhaps your grandparents gave up their ties to their beloved tribe of Judah so that they could survive. Maybe it’s been so many generations the family has forgotten they once belonged to this Semite tribe. No one should have to deny their ethnicity.
Was your family always undecided about religion? Though thousands of Jews converted to Christianity, especially during the Inquisition, many weren’t happy about it. This unhappy conversion brought about a state of limbo that may still linger within your family dynamics. There are many trails you can take and family secrets waiting to be uncovered. The Internet age makes it easier and exceptionally rewarding.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for finding Jewish ancestry available at Amazon.