As I have come to understand, the last name may or may not have anything to
do with the location. Actually, in most cases, it has little to do with it.
There are so many reasons for the various names our ancestors had that it
makes my head swim. For example, Berliner may be the surname >from someone
from Berlin, or it simply could have been a name picked up along the way andadopted as one's own because it sounded more American or was easier to
The best thing to do is get confirmation of the shtetl name. Try not to
make assumptions based on the origin of a name that may have changed from
the old country. Family legend is a starting point, not a cast-in-concrete
declaration of truth.
On 7/12/10 11:04 PM, "Ukraine SIG digest" <email@example.com>
Subject: Looking for Shtetl