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~ Haimowitz ~ Hyamovitch ~ Hyams ~

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In an effort to keep my search for our missing mystery sister alive, I am again featuring her this month. The photo was taken sometime between 1949 and 1951 in the Bronx, N.Y. when Freda Katanka nee Hyams, made a trip to the states to meet her Aunt and Uncle.

This is the only known photo circulating in our family for her. She is the sister of my great grandfather

Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch

The differences in the last names is also a mystery. I suspect that Marks kept the last name most closest to the original spelling and Samuel perhaps Americanized the last name. It’s just a guess. Many of Marks children would go on to change their name to Hyams.

Their parents were known as Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt (also seen as Yetta or Gitel). The spelling of Hyman Haimowitz came solely from the records for son Samuel.

Sam appears at this point to be the oldest, born about 1975 in Odesa, Russian Empire/Ukraine. From there the family crossed into Romania, made there way up to Iasi, where and when Marks was born in 1880. Where their sister fits in age wise we do not know. If there were other siblings we do not know that either. Their immigration out of Romania also remains a mystery.

Marks and his wife Polly Weiss settled in London, England. They were the parents of 9 children; Samuel, Hyman, Phillip, Jack, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith, and Harry.

Marks Hyamovitch


Samuel married Rebecca Srulowitz/Strulowitz and settled in New York, eventually in the Bronx. They would have 5 children Hyman, Pincus/Paul, Freda, Isidore, and Molly. 

Samuel Haimowitz




An adoptee who found both her maternal and paternal side 18 years ago, I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing connecting and reconnecting lost and found generations.

17 thoughts on “~ Haimowitz ~ Hyamovitch ~ Hyams ~

      1. I think we’ve talked about this before, but let me ask: are you not using tags and categories? Because that is how random strangers are most likely to find your posts about her.

        1. We have talked about this. I am using tags and categories now with all my posts. You should be able to see them at the top iof this post.

  1. Keep after it. Something from someone will turn up sooner or later. You at least know who she is. A lot of family names changed here in America – some because the American recorders couldn’t spell it, so they just sounded it out, and others because those coming over wanted to be less foreign-sounding. Probably other reasons, too! I’m amazed that you are able to keep track of your related family members, with the number of changes in your family, though. I’m lucky that ours didn’t change at all! We came through Galveston, and somehow no one changed the spelling.

  2. When I was doing family history some years ago I was told that during a census often the person doing the rounds would fill in the form for the family and would spell names how he thought they should be spelt or may have misheard spellings. Of course immigrants to our country often changed their name a) because it was easier for English people to spell/say or to feel like they would fit in better. I cannot say this was the case in the USA but certainly an angle worth exploring.

    1. Hi and thank you for your thoughts on this. You are most certainly right, this could be a census worker error. The spelling may have been an error to the more common spelling of Haimowitz here in the states. Actually you have sparked a thought for me. I have never had any luck finding the families immigration records under Haimowitz. I have not looked under Hyamovitch. And as we know names were not changed at Ellis Island, perhaps they traveled under the h y spelling and a census worker made the error in translating. Back to the drawing board 🙂

  3. Mostly Jewish names were phonetic so whenever they were written down by officials they were given the closest to how they sounded. And if your relatives had thick accents, that would have made it more difficult.

    I wish you luck in your hunt.

    Do you have the original photo? If so, it would help to scan it at a higher resolution and posting it larger, so that it will be clearer to see.

    1. Thank you Val for chiming in on this. I appreciate your feedback. I do not have the original photo. This is and was the best copy I have been given 😦 It is a miracle we even have it 🙂

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