I'm a new member, researching my husband's family, who were from Kishineff and settled in America in the early twentieth century. On the JewishGen site I came across another member query listing Kishineff and a surname my husband had learned only recently had been the original family name. The member who was posting had the same last name as my husband's mother's maiden name. I thought there might be a connection, and it turned, when the two of us emailed, that there is family connection.
The member's grandfather was cousin to my husband's mother. A lovely phone conversation took place between my husband and the grandfather's widow, who at 92 remembers my husband's mother clearly... One interesting piece of information from this wonderful woman: her recollection is that the family changed their Eastern European name to a Germanic name when one immigrant daughter married very early on--the whole family changed over to her married name. I am very grateful to JewishGen for facilitating our connection and our increasing knowledge.
All the best,