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 Eventually, most modern European laws against the Gypsies were repealed.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.

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Strange old words… Nigromance

Nigromance has nothing to do with the color of someone’s skin, or romance, it’s about the color black. It is an Old French word for the black magic art of divining with the dead.

Those of us who enjoy genealogy, know the feeling of communicating with the dead. Isn’t that what we do? Kind of? We dig up the past to reveal the lives of our dead ancestors so that we might bring them into view. It’s not unusual for genealogists to feel their spirit. That’s half the fun. Our ancestors are dead but many of us feel their presence and even wonder if they haven’t assisted us. That’s how we explain all those coincidences, to ourselves. I’d never go around telling people that “my ancestors from 1677 helped me solve their mystery,” but sometimes it feels like it.

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

and Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Genealogy… No Final Resting Place

I’ve had more than one “cousin” grow tired of genealogy. We met through the Internet and exchanged months of information back and forth, sometimes going late into the night. After a while, they were done with it. Either they didn’t like what they found or grew tired of never finding it. I certainly can’t blame them. It’s time consuming and often unfruitful.

If we’re looking for an identity, believe it or not, dead ancestors can help us understand who we are and from whence we came. But if we’re looking for a final determination, we’ll be disappointed. What the DNA testing companies are telling us is where our ancestors were, based on large populations of others who were there too. Genealogy is not simple. If we’re putting labels on our ancestors, better to make them temporary. It’s not about where they’re from, it’s where they’ve been. We pay good money to have our DNA tested, hoping to find answers. Instead, we find a plethora of ethnicities to sort through. Our “ancestry” is more like a modern-day vacation itinerary than a final label.

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, Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, 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

Secret Genealogy VII:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP

History… Where Did the Term Freelance Come From?

Free lance has its origins in Germany. It was a military concept of being a free land trooper, meaning that a soldier sold his military service to the highest bidder. (There were other reasons for service but money was usually the prime motivator.) During the second half of the Middle Ages, free lance soldiers were prevalent in Europe, especially in Italy and France. Mercenary, a term that brings us images of pirates, is another name for these free lancers. Soldier of fortune is another.

Later, politicians who did not affiliate with any particular party were known as freelancers. Today, the term is most commonly used to refer to the writing profession. A journalist who writes for a variety of news sites and magazines, without formal employment is called a freelancer.

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here: http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

Vikings… Are You Related to the Ancient Scandinavian Heros? Ask the Icelanders to Read the Genealogies to You

Today, Denmark, Sweden and Norway have their own separate languages but long ago, they shared the same language. If you want to hear the closest thing to that ancient language, go to Iceland. Many Icelanders speak a similar version of it today. With that preservation of the language came the preservation of Scandinavian oral history, because it eventually got written down. Those writings, today are known as the ancient sagas.

When Viking explorers landed on Iceland, they were speaking their ancient language. Strange gods and human heroes of old Scandinavia live within the old literature that told their stories long before they accepted Christianity. Included in these early stories are genealogies where one might find clues to ancient ancestors. With the acceptance of Christianity came the introduction of a new language, Latin, causing a lapse in literature for the Scandinavian countries for four-hundred years.

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

Did Mozart Write His Own Death Song?

The word “requiem” stems from the Latin and means “rest.” When Mozart died, he was in the process of composing this musical work based on the rest that some believe accompanies death. At the end of 1791, Mozart’s wife was worried that his devoted work on the project would kill him. She feared he was working himself to death. It turns out she was right. Mozart never finished the requiem. On his deathbed, he gave the unfinished work to one of his students, with instructions on how it should be completed. An interesting note on this story is that the composition was commissioned by a stranger who asked to remain “secret.” The stranger’s intention was to pass the work off as his own. Mozart died of typhus but it appears that his overworking didn’t help.  Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78

And for the Ladies… the History of Your Fallopian Tubes

A woman’s fallopian tubes (about four inches long, one on each side of the uterus) are named after a man named Gabriello Fallopio. If they’d named them after his first name, today they would be called Gabriellion tubes. Fallopio was an Italian physician who discovered the functions of these two tubes on each side of a woman’s womb. His work was highly respected and published at Venice in 1561. I know… I know… a lot of anatomical parts and diseases are named after people who made discoveries but it strikes me as odd. I can’t exactly say that Mr. Fallopio has a place in my heart but he definitely has his name all over my fallopian tubes. Who knew?

Suellen Ocean is the author of many books on diverse topics. Her books are available here:  http://www.amazon.com/Suellen-Ocean/e/B001KC7Z78