At the beginning of 2020, I started the year with renewed hope in finding two missing woman, both great grand Aunts on each my maternal and paternal side.
Still missing is the sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch.
Also still missing is the sister of my great grandmother Rebecca Haimowitz nee Srulowitz/Strulowitz.
I still have no concrete leads despite numerous DNA connections which have been of no help in discovering who they are. Below is a picture of Samuel Haimowitz and Rebecca Srulowitz.
We know that Rebecca’s sister was called Minnie, she did marry and had 2 daughters, one who was named Molly, known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with her cousin named Molly. We also know that Rebecca had family in Chicago, Ill.
While very little to no progress made on my direct branch this year, quite a few wonderful discoveries and picture were shared with me by the families of Samuel Haimowitz’s brother, Marks Hyamovitch and his wife Polly (Pauline) Weiss.
I love the wedding photo’s
One of my favorite photos was of Polly Hymovitch. Here she is in London feeding the pigeons. Can’t you just hear Julie Andrews singing Feed The Birds from the Sound Of Music?
Also a favorite of this year was this family photo of Marks and Polly with their first four born, all boys. This is the earliest known photo of the family that I have seen so far (about 1910) The photo came from the Weiss Family Collection. From lt to rt: Samuel, Polly, Jack, Phillip, Hyam and Marks. The boys look awfully smart in their matching outfits. Marks and Polly went on to have 5 more children, Annie Joyce, Benjamin, Freda, Edith and Harry. All went on to adulthood with the exception of Benjamin who passed at 4 years old and Edith at 1.
I think by far the most interesting question that came up in my research this year was with the marriage of Jeanette Weiss and Emanuel Goldberg.
Had I actually found a connection linking the Weiss – Haimowitz – and Srulowitz families together through marriage? The families all came from Romania, with the brothers Sam and Marks marring there before immigrating. They most likely all came from close proximity in that time from Iasi (Yassy). Had they continued a family bond between the three? You can read about the connection in the post below.
For a quick recap – Emanuel and Jeanette lived in Chicago, Ill. They had a son Kalman Goldberg who married Arlene Srulowitz (Chicago, Ill.) You may recall I did say that my Rebecca Srulowitz’s family settled in Chicago. To go on, I have 3 DNA connections to the family of this Arlene Srulowitz, the daughter of Herman Srulowitz, son of Isadore Srulowitz and Esther Altberger. Nothing else has come to light but I am encouraged to continue with this thread.
I am not sure of the direction of research for 2021 but I am excited to see what develops.