Secret Genealogy is a "must read" for those who want to trace their ancestry into antiquity. Suellen Ocean believes that many American surnames were originally of Jewish descent. "There are millions of people out there who don't know who they descend from. Americans should reopen their family albums and look deeper into the meanings of names in their family trees and symbols in their coats of arms. Names like Levi, Jacob, Benjamin, Rebecca, Sarah, Ezekiel and Hester and symbols such as the lion may have been the last opportunity many parents had to lay claim to a heritage that stems back thousands of years."
Does your Grandfather have an Old Testament Biblical name? If the author's hypothesis is correct, America was built on a much stronger Jewish foundation than what was originally thought by historians. You'll be fascinated with the origins of your surname and you'll comprehend the names of rivers and streams, oceans and continents in a different light, wondering ... what do they really mean? Be prepared to let go of all your previous assumptions. Have fun with Suellen Ocean while she brainstorms through Secret Genealogy.
Published: 13 May 2014
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