- Just so you know....and can try it again...JewishGen does not require
a *paid* membership; you can register for free, I did so years ago
and periodically use their databases.
The database you cite here has an *advanced* search function, and
that is in fact available only to donors of a certain level. But the
basic search function is available to anyone who registers for free.
By way of example: I was able to search one parameter at a time, such
as "name" "sounds like" <fill in the blank> or "town" "is exactly"
<fill in the blank>. It then gave me a list of the datasets where
there were hits, and how many hits per dataset. Clicking on those
results got me to a page that asked for my JewishGen ID and password;
then I got the info. (Should have signed in before my search, and
avoided that little interruption.) What I could NOT do, because I
haven't made a donation of any size, is use multiple parameters to
narrow my search, such as combining the above town name and surname
to try to find one individual or one family.
Hope that is helpful.
I too found it interesting to look at the Jewish population of my
grandparents' villages. In the Jewish birth records, I found the
names of local Catholic women as midwives, including one of my
ancestresses. In passenger records, I found my great-grandfather's
sister coming to America with others from her village, including a
local Jewish woman. I hunted down the Jewish cemetery on my last
visit. And in Israel, I met with a Jewish descendent of our
ancestral village. It all gives me a more complete picture of the
village and its people.
I then went to the web site http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/
I searched for Sulin … But JewishGen demands membership…