I have been researching my great grandfather's family for a few years now and have not been able to piece together any information from before his arrival in the United States. His name was Solomon Zeilingold, Shlomo ben Aharon (sometimes went by Samuel). When the family arrived in New York, they changed their name to Gold and settled in Schenectady, NY. He died in August 1916 and is buried in the Agudat Achim Cemetery in Rotterdam, NY. He was said to have been a rabbi but his profession was as a soapmaker.
I know no names of any siblings or his mother's name. His wife was Nachoma Chotz from Brest-Litovsk. Solomon's headstone states that he is the great grandson (or great great grandson) of a great Karliner rabbinical scholar. Additionally, a family tree that was made probably 30 years ago or so states that the one of Solomon's sons states that the family descends from the TaZ.
I have taken to contacting anyone with the same or similar surnames or anyone who has the same or similar surname in their online family trees. For anyone with the surname, they have all stated the same thing: that their family descends from the TaZ and that the families are all somehow connected. Over the years I have collected a lot of people into the tree without being able to make any positive connections. Additionally, DNA matching on ancestry, 23andme, My Heritage, familytreeDNA, and GEDMatch have yet to turn up one concrete match that allows for a positive connection between trees. In other words, I have not been able to tie any of these families together with any positive identification.
I also have not been able to discern who the person is that my great grandfather is related to from his headstone and not been able to track my family backward to connect with any existing trees for the TaZ. Our surname is said to come directly from that relationship, as it has been the same for several other families to whom I have reached out. I know that there are answers out there, but I am seemingly at a brick wall.
If anyone has any information at all about the Zeilingold family of Pinsk or any other Zeilingold family or derivations of spellings, please contact me. I am happy to receive any information at all. You never know when one piece of information is going to put a lot of other pieces that I have collected together.
I would welcome anyone to contact me at goldtenor@.... Thank you in advance for your help.
Great grandson of Solomon Zeilingold (1858-1916) from Pinsk (Shlomo ben Aharon)