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Connecting The Strulowitz/Srulowitz Dots – a work in progress

By the end of 2018, I had identified and prepared group sheets for 16 Strulowitz/Srulowitz families. (There are more of course to do) I had sent away for 6 death/marriage certificates to try and identify the parent’s names, with 1 of the 6 still outstanding. Of the 5 sent and received there was no concrete match.

My hope is the find the names of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen on records that would identify and match up as siblings for my great grandmother Rebecca Strulowitz/Srulowitz.

I am looking for possible family in the New York area as well as Chicago, Ill. I also have a lead that Rebecca may have had a sister named Minnie, Minnie had daughters with one named Mollie – known as red-headed Mollie, so as not to be confused with an aunt named Mollie. That might indicate the families were in the same area. (New York)

I am now specifically tracking 3 DNA leads to 4th cousins with Srulowitz in their trees.

One is for Benjamin Srulowitz b. 1876 Romania and Susie (Bella) Marcus with children (all born in N.Y.) Harry b.1904, Hanna/Annie b.1906, Morris/Moe b. 1907, and Mildred/Millie b. 1916

I have two 4th cousin matches to this branch. One is through daughter Annie and the other is through Mildred.

The only problem is that identifies Benjamin’s parents as Strul Srulowitz and Lire Stein.

The other DNA connection is to a Samuel Srulowitz b. Jan/Feb 1892 married to Gussie Sherman. Married the 29 May 1920, they had three daughters Mollie b. 1913, Ray b.1922 and Wilda/Viola b. 1926. I am waiting on the marriage certificate for Sam and Gussie to identify his parents.

I have written through Ancestry to two of the matches but have yet to hear back, going on over a month now.

Another hopeful lead I am looking at closely are two different DNA matches with descendants of

Samuel Moshe Srulowitz b 1859 Hungary/Austria d. 1908 N.Y. married to a Lena Strausman. They had 8 children, 1 I was able to track to Chicago, Ill. That was Isidore b. 1884 d. Jan 1933, Chicago, Ill. married Ester Altberger. They went on to have 6 children. By 1920 they seemed to be settled in Chicago from N.Y. via Penn. then on to Ill.


In the same birth range as this Samuel was another DNA match with a descendant of

Meyer Srulowitz b. abt 1856, Austria, d. April 1935 N.Y. married Molka/Molly Green (Gringrose). They went on to have 8 children of which I just beginning to research. I have written to the person with the DNA match but have not heard back from her yet.  At some point, I may want to follow the children of these last two Srulowitz but for now they are filed in the archives for reference. At 5 – 8 cousin match they are nearly impossible to follow



This will be a long and tedious process that will take time and patience but with a little luck and perseverance, I hope the effort will pay off.





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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.

12 thoughts on “Connecting The Strulowitz/Srulowitz Dots – a work in progress

  1. Hi Sharon,Did it really list his name as Strul Srulowitz?  Maybe it is a typo. We had friends with first name Shrul. Also have a suspected Samowitz cousin in Monsey named Shruly Chanowitz.XOXO

    1. Hi Gail ~ yup it was recorded as Strul which is interesting in itself as the most common spelling on records for me is Strulowitz but the most I see when researching is without the t.

  2. You probably already know this, but Srulowitz (however spelled) means son of Srul, and Srul is another version of Israel. Many men named Israel were also known as Jacob or Yankel, including my great-great-aunt’s husband, Yankel Srulovici in Romania, which became Strolowitz eventually in the US (and then Adler…don’t ask me why?!). So Srul Srulowitz was probably a grandson of the original Srul, and his father was thus a son of Srul. What was once just a patronymic became a surname. I also think this means Srulowitz and its variations was not an uncommon name since being the son of Israel/Jacob was likely quite common.

    1. I didn’t realize or remember (as you may have mentioned it before to me) Srul was another version of Isreal which may actually help me or that Israel was also known as Jacob – Yankel I did know. I have your family sheet Amy and I my eyes are peeled for connections for you too. I always appreciate your input Amy. Keep it coming 🙂

  3. Sending good thoughts your way for successful results for your research! Seeing how many people you’re tracking and the complexity of the leads, I’m wondering what kind of record-keeping system you’re using to keep track of it all.

    1. I like paper record keeping. I have a 3 ring binder with family group sheets. I place the documents received with each family (of course) I draw visual trees of the families as well. Basic old fashion record keeping Liz 🙂

  4. I definitely wish you luck! You have to be so much more organized than I am. I quit making the group sheets because it got so confusing with my relatives. I have them on family search and ancestry, of course, but that isn’t the same. There is a lot to wade through when there are so many. I should come see you and see what you do, because you always sound so organized! I have a friend who has an inch tall stack of family pages. I don’t know if there’s a wall big enough for any of us to see the whole thing! It’s mind boggling to think about. =)

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