Genealogy: Dishonest Ancestors… It’s Up to Us to Uncover the Truth

I grew up with a sense of not knowing my origins. Now why was that? You would think that if there were nothing to hide I would know. And if you haven’t noticed, there are many Americans who don’t really know where their ancestors hailed from, which is why genealogy is so popular in this country. Who are we?

Take my maiden name for example, Wroten. It’s an unusual name but was never spoken as being a Jewish surname. Once I saw “Rotin” listed as an ancient Sephardic name, of course I began researching in a different direction, one not mired in the illusions of fairy tale knights and English Royalty. And I don’t see “English” ancestry the same way either. So what if our ancestors were in England before they came to America, and so what if they were a knight or held some other noble title, they could still have come from Hebrew ancestry. Plenty disguised their identity before going to England.

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Who Does Princess Kate’s Hair? A Maid-in-Waiting?

Historically, a maid-in-waiting was selected from high-ranking or noble families. A maid-in-waiting attended and advised the queen, princess or other nobility. I’m not sure if they are the same or not but another title, “ladies in waiting,” sometimes became mistress of the king or other nobility. Ladies-in-waiting of the Elizabethan era had to play an Elizabethan musical instrument, attend masque balls, and be skilled at upper-class dance styles, reading and embroidery. Ladies-in-waiting were chosen to keep company and know confidential information about their royal companions and to keep that information discreet. Above all, loyalty was expected. Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Both the Rich and the Poor Became Pythagorean Disciples

People from both the upper and lower classes respected the wisdom of Pythagoras. The Pythagorean Brotherhood designed the multiplication table, enabling ancient engineers to answer the era’s pressing questions of science. Centuries later, the Pythagorean multiplication table continued to provide answers in the building trades, astronomy and all the multitude ways mathematics helps us build, explore and count. Because geometry was so important to the Pythagoreans, some of their tombs have the quadrant, level, cubit or square etched into their tombs.

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500 B.C.E. Women Break the Rules and Attend “Pythagorean Secret Society”

The Pythagorean school that the famous Mathematical Wizard set up in Southern Italy over 2,000 years ago, was an illegal destination for women. Because the group was secretive, and the brotherhood tight-lipped, brave women attended the cryptic meetings. Some of the more famous historical names of Pythagorean followers were Plato, Aristotle, Hippocrates and Socrates. Plato is attributed to dispersing the theories of the brotherhood throughout Italy and into Egypt where Pythagoras had originally studied and initiated into the Egyptian “Ancient Mysteries”. What role Pythagorean’s female followers played is unclear but women’s role in the spread of Christianity is huge, its growth in ancient Italy is attributed to women convincing the men in their lives to accept the new religion.

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Explaining the Connections between Freemasons and Crypto-Jews

When I saw the names of the close associates of my mother’s ancestors, I began to see a conspiracy. And when I paired it with the fact that both my mother and father’s “people” were deeply embedded into Freemasonry, I began to believe that there must be a connection between the Masons and Crypto-Jews. Was that what was so secret? A haven from the outside world? A group sworn to secrecy where they could create their own style of worship and a bond so strong none would tell? A third novel was born, The Guild – Hester’s Goodwill, attempting to explain my suspicions.

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The Legend of the Gypsy Who Stole the Crucifixion Nail

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The Gypsies were skilled Blacksmiths and there’s a legend that goes along with that part of their history. The story is that a Gypsy made the four nails for the Cross of Jesus. But the Gypsy Blacksmith stole one of the nails. The story continues that God then granted this Gypsy’s descendants the right to steal when they needed to. Paintings of the Crucifixion began showing three nails instead of four at about the same time period Gypsies arrived in Europe.

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What’s A Feudal Lord?

The word feudal is confusing because it is used in two ways. Feud is a Middle-English and French word meaning, strife or quarrel between families, clans, etc. But the word feud (also spelled feod) is a Middle Latin word of Greek origin meaning “law”. The Greek word refers to a “fee” or “feudal benefice”. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the “feudal system” was based upon the relationship of a “vassal” to the Lord. The vassal placed himself under the protection of the Lord. The vassal promised loyalty and service (or they were a slave). The Lord was the proprietor of the feudal land.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

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