Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Romania, Rosen

And The Adventure Continues

2018 has been an amazing year for our family history with quite a few walls crumbling down. Cousin connections were made and others were strengthened.

The highlight for this year has been two mysteries solved within the Lipschitz and Haimowitz families.

The story of Benjamin Lipschitz, my great grandfather on my birthmother Marlene’s maternal side, was solved with a 3rd cousin DNA match to Jane.

I had been haunted for quite some time regarding Benjamin and his wife Kate Rosen. Both of them deaf from a childhood illness, they were joined together through an arranged marriage. I just knew there had to be more to their story and family than just my grandmother Myra, her sisters Esther and Mary and their descendants. There was!

On my Haimowitz side I had knowledge that some family had immigrated to England from Romania. Who this ‘family’ was, was a complete unknown. Siblings, Uncles, Aunts, cousins..we had no clue. Due solely to the writing of this blog and a post on this mystery family connection, I was contacted by a woman in England which led to a conclusive DNA connection that we discovered this English branch. Marks Hyamovitch was the brother of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, who set down roots in England.

Both these discoveries and connections to cousins has been a highlight in my family research journey this year. And while these mystery were solved so many yet remain.

One such mystery – who is the mystery sister on the left of Samuel and their niece, Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) daughter of Marks?

SamuelHaimowitz6 copy

Another highlight for me this year came very recently in way of a photo share from my birthmother’s sister Rochelle and her daughter Lisa. I was sent this photo of Marlene Haimowitz just a month or so after she gave birth to me. Pregnant with me through all of her 18th year she gave birth to be 16 days after turning 19 on February 8th, 1953.

Marlene Haimowitz

Marlene3 copy

I started 2018 with a purchase and post on a beautiful piece of jewelry and I think most appropriate for ending this year.

The Chai, pronounced ‘hay’, is a letter in the alphabet with its numerical number 18. This is a spiritual number in Judaism and it most certainly fulfilled its destiny this year in bringing much life to our family.

Chai

I would like to thank all of my family and friends who have followed along this year, commented and contributed to our families rich heritage. To all the cousin connections, both old and new, those connections with their strings still undone, I am excited for the new year and new discoveries in store.

A happy healthy coming year

as the adventure continues

 

 

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16 years ago I located my birth family, both maternal and paternal side. After literally years of searching, even before the help of the internet, I just couldn't stop searching so I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing as we connect and reconnect lost and found generations.

9 thoughts on “And The Adventure Continues

  1. It has truly been a pleasure to follow you on this journey and feel your excitement with every new discovery. Maybe this year we will figure out whether there is any connection between our Romanian ancestors. 🙂 Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Amy – wouldn’t that be something to be able to connect our Srulowitz branch – I have a working folder with your family page, it’s one big beautiful puzzle. Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Liz, it is truly one of my dearest treasures now. I had the photo enlarged and framed. A wonderful way to start the new year. Happy New Year to you and thank you for following along. 🙂

  2. It has been an amazing year as the Lord has led you to your family connections. I know there is more coming in 2019, and I’ll be here on the sidelines cheering with each discovery as your heart is turned to your fathers, and theirs to you. L’chaim! To life old and new. =)

  3. That’s a pretty pic! Wow, I can’t believe how many posts I’ve missed. My life has gone crazy in the past half year, I think. You did well in 2018, though, with your research and what you’ve found and what you’ve identified you still need to find!

    1. Wow, I can’t believe you’ve had the chance to catch up! Thanks Luanne for all the support, insights and ideas this year. I really have enjoyed getting to know you through our blogs and private messaging ~ Sharon

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