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 and changes their name for the sole purpose of changing their ethnic identity. When they change both first and last names or Anglicized it beyond recognition, as was often the case in Colonial America when the English ran the show, it leaves you with an icy cold trail because basically, the act is almost like "killing" the former identity.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry and Secret Genealogy II, Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, both available at Amazon, B&N and Ocean-Hose. http://www.pacificsites.com/~oceanhose/