Jewish resources for researchers pop up in some strange places.
There's a blog by Eric Drummond Smith -- Hillbilly Savants By Appalachians, for Everyone -- and he has posted about the Jewish presence in Appalachia, with a nice compilation of interesting resources, and a list of more than 30 synagogues and their Web sites.
For those international readers who aren't exactly sure where Appalachia is, it generally covers the Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Virginia.
Several years ago, I was tracking down a branch of my Galizianer FINK family (originally from Suchastow near Skalat).
I knew that a husband and wife in that branch had lived in West Virginia for a few years in the 1930s, and I was able to speak to the current rabbi. He checked the congregational archives. It turned out that my grandfather's sister was famous for her cooking and had won numerous blue ribbons and other prizes at county fairs.