What’s the History Behind the Derogatory Term… CRACKER?

It’s an awkward feeling when we hear a derogatory term and know it’s offensive but don’t know the how or why of it. There sure are a lot of offense terms around these days, no ethnic group is spared.

I remember the first time I heard the term cracker. I thought it was because some people have skin the color of white crackers. I was wrong. I’ve stumbled upon two versions of the origins. One is that cracker originated in the Southern states, when white cattlemen carried long leather whips to keep their Longhorn cattle in line. The cracking of the whip, hence… cracker. The state of Georgia has been referred to as the Cracker State. The origins of that stem from an old English word for “a noisy, boasting fellow.” Back when this term was coined, it was believed to have been a fitting description for Georgia’s “backwoodsman.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees, Available here:

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

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

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Black, White, Hamite… Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees

Hamitic is the label given to the ethnic group living in North-East Africa. Their oral Biblical history is that they descend from Noah’s son Ham. Ever wonder if you descend from the Hamites and if so, what are their physical attributes?

Leave it to my old encyclopedia to tell us that these nomadic people are: frizzy-haired, medium-headed, red-brown and thin-lipped. Besides their Biblical history, ethnographers (descriptive anthropologists) tell us that the Hamites descended from the Himyarite kingdom, well-known by the Greeks and Romans, for establishing a highly-cultured kingdom in ancient Yemen a hundred-and-ten years before the Christian era.

The Himyarites blended with other African tribes, (including the Hottentot, Bantu and the Masai), so like the rest of us, they’re a mixture of all the people who came before us on our family tree.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy V – Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family TreesAvailable here:

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Hamite-Ancestors-Family/dp/153518972X

Nazi Germany Did Not Appreciate Gypsies

When they first encountered Gypsies, Europe is recorded as having an open-heart. That did not last and the story of Gypsy persecution continues today. After being accused of fraudulent activity, the Gypsies were no longer welcome in Europe and driven to wander. And wander they did. Throughout the world. By the 1700s, every European country had laws against them. Eventually, most modern European laws against the Gypsies were repealed. But not by Nazi Germany. They took their distaste for the Gypsies to the extreme. They put them in labor camps, sterilized them and even exterminated them.

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

Book One, Chimney Fire: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B00XDCPLEW

Book Two, Hot Snow: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B014XHUT1K

Book Three, Herr Boy: http://www.amazon.com//dp/B014XHUT1K

Why Does President Trump Always Have a Suntan?

It’s something that everyone asks. Why does President Trump always have a suntan? And why does it have that orange hue? The answer seems obvious. That’s the color artificial tan lotion takes on once it’s applied to the skin.

Make-up is nothing new. During the 1700s, people put white powder on their hair to color it. And charcoal has been used for ages around the eyes. But… it was while I was reading, “The Day the Bubble Burst: A Social History of the Wall Street Crash of 1929,” by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, that I understood President Trump’s reasoning. One of the people in the story wondered why the “Berlin Börsen-maklers were deeply suntanned.” It was this line that fit so well with Trump’s self-image. “… a suntan was a mark of affluence.”

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

Book One, Chimney Fire: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B00XDCPLEW

Book Two, Hot Snow: https://www.amazon.com//dp/B014XHUT1K

Book Three, Herr Boy: http://www.amazon.com//dp/B014XHUT1K

Does Your Iberian Ancestry Descend from Gypsies?

Gypsies play an important role in world history. Their bold, festive, emotional music inspired composers. Their world travels are the themes of many a romantic tale and for centuries, their colorful clothes have been a favorite of Bohemians.

Because the Gypsies wandered throughout the world, one could easily ask themselves if they have Gypsy ancestry. One strong theory is that Gypsies originated in Northern India and wound up in Persia. After leaving Persia, one group migrated into Northern Africa. From there, they could have gone to Spain and Portugal (Iberia).

Gypsies made their way from Europe to America. My old encyclopedia states that during the 1950’s, the largest Gypsy settlement in the United States was in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Those searching genealogy with family history from Braddock, could have a lot of fun with that tip. Please let us know what you discover.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

The Origins of Gangs… Literally

“Gang” is an Anglo-Saxon word. The Scots use it to describe a cattle walk or pasturage. “Gang” means to go, to walk and has been used historically to describe a group or a company of people being directed. It was used for sailors and slaves. It has also been adopted for groups of criminals. A familiar expression is gang of thieves. History shows that in a working environment, the foreman managing a gang of laborers was called a “ganger.” Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Where Did That Rh-Negative Come From? An Iberian Gypsy Ancestor?

If we don’t know why we inherited the Rh-negative blood factor, we guess. But today, thanks to scientific and genealogical study, we have options. I’ve always wondered if one of those options was that I descend from ancient Iranian Jews, because they have a higher percentage of Rh-negative than the rest of the population. Looking at a map, one can see that immigrants from Iran easily worked their way into Northern Africa and from there, into Iberia (Spain and Portugal) giving many with European roots this unusual blood type.

A little research on the migration patterns of Gypsies, shows us that their language contains Persian words, revealing that Gypsies were in Iran for quite some time. So, if you have the Rh-negative factor, you may indulge in a second theory. Your ancestors may have been Persian Gypsies because maybe there’s a connection between Persian Gypsies and ancient Iranian Jews. Iran was formerly known as Persia and both the Jews and the Gypsies have a history of wandering. No doubt their paths did cross.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082