Who Were the Nordic Giants that Went to Ireland? Our Ancestors?

Legend has it that during the days of Viking marauding, some very large people went to Ireland. They are known as the Fomorian which means “giants.” Who were these early giants of the sea? Some call them “Gaelic sea spirits of darkness.” Their history seems to engulf Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. Archaeologists see them as giants of Nordic origin from the Hebrides (islands off the northwest coast of Scotland) who came from the Mediterranean on ships.

Who were the Fomorian that arrived early to Ireland? They are for many, the ancient ancestors. What did they believe? Were they Pagan? They arrived from the Mediterranean, were they Muslims or Jews? Or were they Vikings who went from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and then sailed to Ireland? It was a very long time ago. And since humans have always been known to conquer, assimilate and conquer again, they were no doubt a composite of many ancient civilizations. Today, as genealogists, we want to pick their history apart and analyze the separate pieces. Because in the pieces, we find the stories or our ancestors. Those whose flesh and blood we are made of. In many respects, they must have been very different than we are today. But surely, we have physical attributes and personality traits that we would recognize… if only we could see them – touch them. This is as close as we can get.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

The Fleur-de-Lis Found in Ancient Egypt

The image of the ancient symbol, the fleur-de-lis, conjures thoughts of ancient conspiracies and hidden secrets known only to a select few (nobility and those involved with them). It is now the symbol for France (and all things French and/or Acadian including the New Orleans Saints football team) because it was the symbol of the royal houses of France, dating back to the descendants of Charlemagne, the Carlovingian kings. Anglo-Saxon kings used it as well. The fleur-de-lis was an iconic symbol long before European monarchs were being established. It is found among Egyptian hieroglyphics. From t-shirts to tattoos, the fleur-de-lis arouses emotion and attitude. In colonial America during the 1700’s, the symbol was branded onto the shoulder of slaves who ran away for longer than a month. The punishment for running away again was another fleur-de-lis on the other shoulder. A third time and the slave lost an arm. In this instance, it probably became a symbol of resistance and rebellion, those sentiments no doubt exist today. Another example of using the fleur-de-lis as a strong symbol is the author Dan Brown and his book and movie, “The Da Vinci Code.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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Native American Ancestry? Five Tribes… Five Nations… What’s the Difference?

Don’t get the Five Nations mixed up with the Five Civilized Tribes. The Five Nations had five tribes in it, until they had six. (The Tuscororas came later, in the early 1700’s.) Before that, the Five Nations were the Mohawks, Oneidas, Cayugas, Ohondaga and Senecas. They formed the Iroquois Indian Nation. The Five Nations means the Iroquois.

The Five Civilized Tribes were nations until Congress terminated their governments in 1907. They consisted of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes. They were driven out of their homelands and “settled” in Oklahoma where today you will find many of their descendants. By the early 1900’s, the government saw them as willing to assimilate into white civilization. History shows us that the tribes put up great resistance but by the early 1900’s, they had suffered such a severe genocide, they had no other choice.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105

Politics and Pirates… That’s What Filibuster Means? Really?

On the day that I heard that the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie sequel had been hacked, hit with malware and held for ransom, I ran across this historical tidbit. Filibuster was the word used for West Indie pirates (Buccaneers) during the 1600’s. It means free booty. It’s a Dutch word… vrijbuiter. Vrij means free and buit means booty. The Spanish adapted it and call it filibustero. In American politics it refers to when one of the primary political parties (Democratic or Republican) gets together and tries to stop legislation by talking for hours.

Suellen Ocean is the author of The Steinberg Conspiracy Series. Available here:

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Book Two, Hot Snow: http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Snow-Steinberg-Conspiracy-Book-ebook/dp/B014XHUT1K

We Know About the Roaring Twenties but Have You Heard of the Naughty Nineties?

The Roaring Twenties must have been a fun time. Flappers, bootleggers, speakeasys and dancing the Charleston. (If that was your thing.) The Great Depression must have brought the fun to a screeching halt. Another era that is known for cutting loose is that which the Victorian Era brought. Because the social customs of the Victorian Era were so dull and sober, at the end of the 1800’s there was an attitude change. The French have given us the phrase Fin de Siècle, which means “end of the century.” What the era is also known as, is the Naughty Nineties, for it was a time when enough people broke away from convention and attracted the attention of historians, newspapers and those who wanted to join in the fun. I would assume the expression, Gay Nineties, refers to the same phenomenon. Our attitudes on how we should “behave” have been shaped by these experimental eras. Another era, The Sixties Revolution gave us many one-liners. One that applies to the Roaring Twenties and Naughty Nineties is… different strokes for different folks.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the series, Civil War Era Romances. Available here:

Book One, Black Pansy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484900278

Book Two, Blue Violet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018ZWX0R4

Book Three, Black Lilac: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EKJMTKA

Book Four, Ellie: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWVNCTS

Book Five, Rose Thorn: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06X1GN58T

Book Six, Mississippi Wild Blue: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072L2WWMR

Here Come Those Iberians Again…

Oh geez, those Iberians are confusing but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to discuss a little bit more about them. A lot of people come to my blog searching for Iberian information so I had to tell everyone about the Firbolg.

The who? The Firbolg were an ancient Irish ethnic group, going way back in time. So far back, ethnologists refer to them as the Irish aboriginal people. They had dark hair and long heads. (I see that a lot in reference to the Scots and Scots-Irish, the long-headed bit.) The Firbolg were not Aryans. (Some would say Aryan means blond and blue-eyed, others would argue, rightfully so.) The Firbolg were Iberian, meaning that they originally came from the Iberian Peninsula, the area known today as Spain and Portugal. The Firbolg were subdued by the Milesians, a Celtic tribe from Britain. The most common definition of the meaning of Firbolg is bagmen. I have no idea what is meant by that as I have not researched that aspect of it. Who knows, maybe they used sheep bladders as bags. The picture that comes into my mind is Scottish men in crude clothing with bagpipes. But, that’s just me.

To read more about the Iberians see Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees. Available here:

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

History… America’s “Era of Good Feeling”

After the War of 1812, the subsequent years (1817 to 1824) are recorded as a contented time for Americans. Under the presidency of James Monroe, Americans were anxious to build the country. It brought a sense of togetherness, which brought teamwork, which brought prosperity. Americans were so content during this period, it is referred to by historians as “the era of good feeling.”

One reason Americans were content was because there was virtually one political party, the “Democratic Republicans.” Today we have: Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, American Independent and those we call Independent. And there are others. With all these political parties, it’s easy to see why today, there are so many opposing views.

Not everyone living under President Monroe would have agreed that it was the era of “good feeling.” During this time, growing and building the country meant “Westward Expansion.” That expansion was into Native American lands. The taking of Indian lands resulted in a genocide of the Native people. It was a high price to pay for the rest of America’s “good feeling.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-IV-Native-Americans/dp/1500756105