Ann Rabinowitz <annrab@...>
I am going to repeat something I have said a number of times before on this
subject and on this digest.
First and foremost, do not worry about finding what may be non-existent
Jewish roots. Research your Family. Get all the documents you can on the
oldest family members, interview family members, if you can, and generally
do your homework first.
There are many general on-line databases which have census records and other
pieces of information to help document your family. These include those of
JewishGen's new partner, Ancestry.com. Use these tools as that is what they
are there for.
In this particular case, where there are no particular stories or incidents
relating to someone being Jewish, my feeling is that the grandmother's
mental illness was what caused the split in the family and not her ethnic
origins which appear to be Germanic.
The names you provided are generally non-Jewish Germanic names and you
should perhaps followup this lead, particularly with the Mormon Family
History Center records.
Good luck in your search!