In a message dated 5/22/2006 11:55:52 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
< Some years ago my grandmother mentioned to my father that
she had some Jewish heritage in her family. This had not
been known to us but my father didn't inquire in detail
about it at the time. She died shortly afterward (she was
in her 90s) and there are no other living family members
to ask that we know. We are wondering how we might go
about researching such a connection for genealogical
< I'm not prepared with names and dates, unfortunately, at
this very moment but my initial question is pretty
general. In looking at her immediate family tree, nothing
jumps out at me as looking like an obvious Jewish surname
so it's hard to know where to start.
< Her mother's maiden surname was Saling and I have seen
this mentioned as a possible Jewish surname on some name
origin lists. I have poked around in the FAQ and found
some references to surnames books but I didn't really see
anything pertaining to my overall question.
==SALING is mentioned as a German Jewish surname
in the Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames by Lars Menk.
Avotaynu, 2005. You may find it at genealogical libraries. It's
a *big* book and expensive
==Menk traces most appearances back to 1808 and Flatow, Fla.
I hunted for the town in my atlas and realized later that this is
Flatow in what was once Poland, in a district know as Flatow.
==The SALINGER name is more common. Menk says this is generally
derived >from a patronymic Selig or Salomon. Selig is a name
associated with a number of Jewish/Hebrew names; when you
get to that point post a question here "With what Hebrew or Jewish
name is Selig usually associated?" Salomon is a variant on
Solomon (Shlomo in Hebrew).
I have a family of 12 SALINGERs loosely dangling >from my tree.
They married into the FRENSDORF family that is almost certainly
related to me. They settled in the Middle West. The earliest
birth dayte I have is Isadore S. in 1880 but some may be earlier.
By about 1900, most of these American Salingers had intermarried
and their children were no longer Jewish. So you might be my long-
lost cousin. Send me your list of SALINGs and I'll check out if they
Keep active in our List. Good people here, some very helpful, some
very knowledgable. You'll soon start picking up useful leads.
Michael Bernet, New York