I am having a terrible time finding out where my great grandparents Jacob Rosenblum and Anna Friedman come from. Their names are just too common - I find multiple people with those names and around their birth dates on ship logs, in JewishGen data bases, etc. And in censuses, marriage certificates, etc. they just say they're from "Russia."
According to findagrave, they are both buried in the "Brisker plot" of Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens. (I know that Brisker is another name for the town of Brest, now in Belarus.) Does this mean that at least one of them comes from the Brest area?
For those interested, some more details about my quest:
Jacob's sister is Annie Rosenblum (living with him in 1900 census) and she is equally difficult to track - I have found an Anna Rosenbloom of the right age married to a man Israel Pistchalsky/Pistchalsk/Pistchal from Kubrin, which is about 29 miles from Brest... And her mother's given name on her death certificate is the given name (Jennie) of my grandmother (Annie's niece) so I'm tempted to declare that she is the right Anna Rosenblum, sister of Jacob, and that would be another connection to the Brest area, but I would like more evidence.
I can't find a marriage certificate for Jacob Rosenblum and Anna Friedman, and he died in NJ during the period when NJ death certificates are not available so I can't get his parents' names.
Anna Friedman's parents from her death certificate are Solomon Friedman and Sarah Cohen - again, way too common to help much with research...