Re: How to search with very little to start with #general
Roger Lustig <julierog@...>
Dear Doug:toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The only stupid question is the one you forget to ask. Welcome!
SALING and SALINGER (people sometimes added or dropped the -ER almost at
random) are indeed surnames used by Jews. In Germany, when Jews adopted
surnames at the beginning of the 19th century, several families in the
region around Berlin chose that name. It was also found elsewhere.
To find out where, register what you know (names, towns) with the
JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF) at http://www.jewishgen.org/jgff/
That will let the Jewish-genealogy world know of your interest, and will
also allow you to connect with a dozen or more other researchers who are
working on those names! The one thing better than doing research:
finding someone who's already done it, or something like it.
On your own, trace what you can of your grandmother's family: who,
where, when. Was she an immigrant? How about her mother? Did she tell
stories about hearing (or even speaking) foreign languages? What
stories *did* she tell? What was her address when she was young? Did
she belong to a church? Just gather info for now and see where it
leads. Sooner or later you may well come upon a way to find her
ancestors who came to America.
Good luck, and keep us posted!
Welch Douglas wrote:
I hope this is not a naive-sounding or too general