Harold Haimowitz document update

Some time back I wrote about Harold Haimowitz. Harold is my first cousin 1x removed, son of Hyman (Herman) Haimowitz and Sadie Cantor. Herman is the older brother to my grandfather Isidore, and siblings Paul, Fay and Mollie.

InfantIsidor3   Herman Paul Isidore and Fay

This wonderful picture was shared with me by 1st cousin 1x removed Arline. I am so thankful for this beautiful family heirloom

I have been researching for the descendant’s of Hyman (Herman), information on his son Harold, for anything I can find on a first marriage to a woman named Pearl. I recently received some documents I had sent away for that I would like to share. Below is the marriage license for Harold to Pearl Beer.


This clearly gives us the names of Pearls parents and we also learn that this was not her first marriage. Note the name Alfred Losseff.


They were married at the ‘Queens Boro Hall’ with witnesses Jack and Berth Braunstein


For all my 2nd cousins and 2nd cousin 1x removed, descendants of Herman and Harold,  I hope this helps in rounding out and providing some more answers regarding Harold and his 1st marriage. It has been a wonderful year connecting with so many of you and I look forward to continuing the friendships that we have begun to form.

This summer there has been an added cousin bonus for myself and daughter and family. We met for the 1st time with a 2nd/3rd cousin 1x removed and his family. As so many of us are still living and privacy is an issue I will not mention or show any pictures at this time. However it was a great honor to connect and bring full circle the meaning and purpose of my genealogy quest…the continued connection and reconnection, the cycle, the circle, the meaning behind who we are.

The Tragedy of Roza Rosen

I would like to wrap up the story of the tragic death of my 2x great grandmother who fell to her death from the 1st story window of her home at 54 103rd St NYC. I had tried using google earth to see if the building was still there, but sadly it had been torn down and replaced with, to me, an ugly modern high rise. Her story needed to be told and the building itself seemed to be important enough to tract down a photo of. Today I received the below tax dept photograph of the building and home of Selig and Roza Rosen.

Rojza Ruchel (Roza) Bibrowsky/Beberofsky


BIRTH 1873 Sompolno, Koninski, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

DEATH 23 MAY 1940 Manhatten, New York, USA    




May her memory be a blessing to and for all those who follow

Zelig (Selig) and Roza (Rosa) Rosen

Yesterday I received the anxiously awaited for death certificate for my 2x great grandfather Selig Rosen.

In my last post I wrote about the tragic death of his dear wife Roza Rosen nee Beberofsky. I have always spelled Roza as Rosa but her death certificate did indicate the ‘z’ in the spelling of her name so I will continue from now on to honor that spelling. Roza fell from her 1st story apt window, fracturing her skull which caused her death. A very short 25 days later her husband Selig passed away. Curious I wondered  what had caused Seligs death? A broken heart? With Selig’s death certificate still outstanding and not even sure I would received the correct certificate for the correct Selig, I waited to answer that question. This week has been a whirlwind of personal events as well as ancestry discoveries to report on. While waiting for his death certificate I called the cemetery where Roza was buried. A big thank you to Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, New Jersey for the wonderful pictures of the gravestones of my 2x great grandparents. Sent on the honor system for $10 (check in the mail)  When I had finally received the death certificate for the correct Roza Rosen, her burial location was noted on the document and from there it was easy to concur that the Selig listed at the same cemetery was most likely our Selig, and he was. Just below is the death certificate for Selig. It appears he passed from ‘natural causes’ which I want to believe was a broken heart.


Even though shrouded in sadness there are so many wonderful things about this certificate.

Next are the beautiful stones for Selig and Roza.


An honest and upright man, our teacher and rav (not implying Rabbi)  Mr. Pinchas Zelig, son of Mr. Yakov died 11 Sivan 5700


A pious woman, Mrs Rachel daughter of Mr. Avraham Hersh died 15 Iyar, 1940                   *translation of stones by members of the FB group Tracing the Tribe.

Roza/Rosa Rosen nee Beberofsky/i and Zelig/Selig Rosen both of Sompolno, Russia/Poland.


Zelig (Selig) Rosen was the son of Jakob Rozen and Mirla (Muriel) Morgansztern.                 Finding a gravestone with supporting information is such a bonus to my research. My information for Selig’s family came from another researcher, Barbara Rubinstein, a woman from Poland now living in Switzerland with shared roots. While we corresponded quite a few times, she assured me her research was accurate but she did not have supporting documents. I was just shy of skeptical, but believing she was right on. Selig’s stone tells us that his father was Yakov~Jacob, and interesting to me was the addition of his name of Pinchas. I will be sharing this information with Barbara, our Switzerland connection.

Rojza Ruchel Beberofsky/i is our wonderful and pious grandmother Roza who’s father according to Barbara’s research was Abram Hersz supported by the engraving on the stone. Below I have reposted her death certificate

Selig and Roza were the parents of 7 children. Mirla b. abt. 1880, Jennie b. abt. 1886  Kate (Kruse) my great grandmother b. 1889 , Rose (Rejle) (known as Ray) b. abt. 1890, Jacob Wolf b. abt 1894, Auter/Auszer b. 1896 abt 1896 and Abraham (known as Harry) b. 1900

It does not appear that Mirla or Auter immigrated to the US with their family but remained behind in Sompono. I have written about the families of Jennie, Ray and Abraham as well as my great grandmother Kate. After receiving the death certificate for Selig I took another look at his son Jacob who is the informant on the death certificate. It is so amazing when research all falls into place and new discoveries are made. It must have been there before but overlooked, this time I noticed a researcher who had not been on Ancestry for some time with a Meyer Rosen; the name of one of Jacob’s children. I reached out to this person, a woman, who responded and I am thrilled to report I have now connected with a descendant of Jacob, a 3rd cousin with shared 2x great grandparents Selig and Roza. I am excited to fill her in with the names and information on her other shared distant cousins as well as learn all I can about her line. She has connected me with another 3rd cousin who has done some research on their line and I am excited to correspond with her too.

For our branch of the family we knew only about the 3 sisters, Kate, Ray and Jennie.  We had lost the history and knowledge of their siblings Jacob and Abraham. We have learned quite a bit about Abraham now and I am anxious to learn more about Jacob. Once receiving Selig’s death certificate I learned Jacob was the reporting family member and was given the address of where Jacob was living at that time in 1940. A quick look back at the 1940c for Jacob at that address I found what I now believe is a huge flaw in my past research. I had picked up another Jacob fitting his description in Los Angeles not at the Brooklyn address where I did find him living with wife Della. His wife’s name known to me prior to 1940 on all documents was Sadie and unless Sadie went by Della I have more information to unravel. Connecting with my new 3rd cousins will help me correct the flaw and put this puzzle piece together. I will report on this in a later post. In the mean time  I am so happy to have located Selig and Roza’s death certificates and gravestones. However, there still lies this feeling that their story is not fully known or told. I will not give up until their story, our story has accurately as possible has been shared.


The Tragic Death of Rosa Rosen

In past posts I have written about my 2x great grandmother Rojza Ruchel (Rosa) Beberofsky wife of my 2x great grandfather Selig Rosen. Rosa and Selig were the parents of 7 children. Mirel, Jennie, Kate (my great grandmother), Rose, Auzer, Abraham and Jacob Rosen. I have written about their children with the exception of Mirel and Auzer. I have not been able to find anything to confirm that they immigrated to America along with everyone else.

I first found Selig and Rose in the 1910c with Selig’s occupation listed as teacher, hebrew, Synagogue, which remained consistent through out his career. I lost track of them after 1930. In an effort to follow their story I had been systematically sending away for death certificates for each of them, Rose and Selig. Needless to say I have received quite a few wrong documents but I have kept to my path in order to discover and round out the story behind these two great grandparents. Selig’s death still eludes me as I wait for his document, sent a week after Rosa.

Today was a day of jewels found and instead of writing ‘not the right Rosa’ on the document,  I can say this is the death certificate of my 2x  great grandmother Rosa Rosen mixed with joy and sadness at learning the cause of her death. At age 67 (approx.) Rosa fell to her death from her 1st story window at 54 E. 103 St, Manhattan. Nature of injury; a fractured skull. Such tragedy for her family, her children, her husband Selig.



Rosa’s is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Saddlebrook, New Jersey. This is an exclusively Jewish cemetery established in 1906. I also sent away for a death certificate for a Selig Rosen also buried at this cemetery with a death date of 17 June 1940. I am quite certain this will be our Selig, but there is always room for error and assumption gone wrong. If this is him, with a little less than a month after losing his precious wife Rosa he passes, my mind wanders and I can’t help but think he died of a broken heart. It will be interesting to learn what his document says. I am imagining the children, grown with their own children, the families left behind to mourn the lose of both parents. This must have been a tremendous blow to the family.

My grandmother, Myra, was 25 and her mother Kate, Rosa’s daughter was 47. Myra must have known of her grandmother’s tragic death and yet this story, this death has not been told until now. I will be anxious to learn if any family members reading this post has had their memory jogged.

There are a number of things that jump out at me with this death certificate. The confirmation of Rosa’s father Abraham Beberofsky. A surprise was her mother’s name as Jennie, I believe it says Lipschitz/Lifschitz. One of Rosa’s daughter’s went by the name of Jennie too.  Lipschitz is also another family name of ours with Kate marrying a Benjamin Lipschitz which will now set me on the path of trying to discover if there is a family connection here. I am thinking there may have been a connection as both Benjamin and Kate were deaf and the marriage, I have been told, was an arranged marriage. So my question is did the families know each other, were they related perhaps and arranged for their 2 deaf children to wed? Benjamin was a Lipschitz as was Rosa’s mother and both from Russia.

Rosa’s age on the death certificate makes her birth date considerably different than the 1856 I had been using and places the year as 1873. I have a birthdate of 1880 for their first daughter Mirel so you can see this does present a problem, however we know from experience and records that dates and years and ages can be way off. What I love especially about this record is the spelling of Rosa’s name. It is recorded as Roza which is the the original spelling which I have not used. My next step in researching Rosa and Selig will be to contact the cemetery and try and get as much information and a picture if possible of their stones.

Rest in Peace my 2x great grandparents. You are not forgotten.

Brenda Haimowitz DeFrain




Brenda Haimowitz DeFrain

22 Jan 1950 – 8 June 2017

My Aunt Brenda passed away very recently in Tampa, Florida. She was preceded in death by her father Irving Isidore Haimowitz and mother Myra Lipschitz Haimowitz – Seiden, brother Ronald & Sheldon Haimowitz and by my mother, her sister Marlene Haimowitz – Glinko. She leaves behind her husband and 1 son, a sister and many nieces and nephews and cousins. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A small family gathering will held in the home of her sister which I will not be able to attend. Living almost the farthest apart one can, from the north west corner of Washington state to the southern east coast of Florida I decided to share on our family blog since I can not attend.

When I located my maternal birth family 15 years ago, Brenda was my first contact with the family. I had sent a letter outlining my search, who I was looking for, along with some identifying information. Brenda was only 3 years older than me and actually had no idea who I was other than I knew quite a bit about her family. She called her older sister and  said she received a letter from some lady who knew a lot about the family. Well, that sister knew about me since she was 7 years older and and aware that their older sister, my birth mother, had a child she gave up for adoption. I was called that evening and have since been able to share the last 15 years of my life with Brenda and family. I shutter when I think she could have tossed that letter in the trash on that fateful day. Brenda was one of the last of perhaps close to 300 plus letters I had sent out over those past ten years. In fact I was down to less than 12 people to correspond with. You are truly my hero Aunt Brenda…thank you for your always questioning nature.

While those of us left will miss her greatly she is at rest. May love and light surround those of us left. Aunt Brenda- you were an amazing woman; strong, compassionate, caring, full of love and laughter. Your shoes can never be filled, your loss will always be felt. Thank you for loving me unconditionally and being such a wonderful part of my life.


Connecting my 2x great grandfather David Lipshitz to brother Harry through DNA

It seems like forever since I have posted to our family blog. My nose has been deep in many projects over the last few months, some ours, some for friends, all interesting and time consuming. Mostly I have been enjoying posts by some of my favorite bloggers and following the many genealogy FB groups I follow. It’s amazing how much time I can spend and the hours and days I can get lost in the past. But I also have been enjoying the beautiful weather, working in my gardens and preparing for the summer farewell visit from my daughter and family before they head over to Okinawa for a 3 year tour of duty for my career military son-in-law. I am going to miss them all terribly. The time difference is going to make collaborating with my #1 collaborator and fellow genealogy enthusiast~ my daughter Marissa ~ difficult.

In the meantime, I have returned to some past research for our Lipschitz family and a DNA match that I can’t for the life of me figure out. However it did lead me to another DNA shared discovery. To refresh your memory my great grandfather was Benjamin Lipshitz born 10 Nov 1883-1887, Slutsk, Minsk, Belarus. This is my grandfather who was deaf and married Kate Rosen also deaf, both from childhood illnesses. Death, social security and marriage records all confirm that Benjamin’s parents were: father; David Lipshitz with records differing, mother; Yetta Pallai, Edith Palay, and Gitel. Benjamin’s family had always been a mystery but through persistent research I was able to match Benjamin to many cousins and family members – namely Solomon Lipshitz and his wife Sarah Mary Kinoy. I still have not been able to prove if Solomon was an uncle or cousin.  David, his father, has continued to just be a name out there for me to continue to research. I think I might of come up with something through a DNA match with me on Ancestry. First let me go back to the 1900 Brooklyn census for David and his wife Eva and kids. Could Eva be another named used in addition to Yetta, Edith, and Gitel?



I have been coming back to this record for years now as possibly my Benjamin and family. Benjamin is listed as 13, born in 1886/87. Records differ on his age with his marriage license born 1887, social security 1884, and death 1883. I tend to go with the most distant record (which would be his marriage license in 1913) as the most accurate and in this case the years seem to match up perfectly.

Something else I want to throw in while looking at this census, my Aunt Rochelle has continually affirmed that she can remember going to a chicken farm as a young girl that belonged to a relative. That is all she can remember. Not where who’s. David is a chicken dealer on this census. Just a coincidence? Could be. I don’t believe David was managing the farm or ranch that Rochelle went to see but perhaps it still was in existence in the 40’s tended by one of David’s sons. I don’t know…just throwing out my thoughts on this.

Back to that census and something I can say for sure. Take a look at the last listing for Harry age 14 brother to David. Through Ancestry DNA I had a 5th to 8th cousin match to a woman who descends from the 1912 marriage of this Harry Lipshitz to Mary Litowitz. Her great grandfather was Harry – brother to “this believed” my  2x great grandfather David – (Benjamin’s father) Our most recent common relative would be the unknown parents of these 2 brothers.

Of course I am no expert on DNA and/or finding matches. In fact, I have had very little luck in connecting this way but I am on the hunt and feeling pretty confident with this connection, tipping the scale past the 50% mark. So, as this connection unfolds, I will continue to post as I uncover more information to prove or disprove this connection.

A Sinrod Family connection linked to the Feingold Family

For some time now I have been researching the Rosen Family of Sompolno, Russia/Poland. I had been waiting for documents for Rose, a daughter of Selig and Rose Rosen my 2x great grandparents. While working on their daughter, more affectionately known as Ray, one thing led to another and well as you can imagine sometimes the sky opens up and rains more family connections which is what was the case. I soon connected with a 2nd cousin 1x removed. In fact I blogged about this connection in

Gil Smith’s 2nd Marriage to Alex Sinrod 

This next post is for the descendants of Gil and the family of brother Nathan Sinrod to Alex Sinrod. One of my new found cousins asked me to look into his maternal side which he knew very little about. This post is dedicated to him and his family.

Lillian Libby Feingold

You were right about Libby’s parents names.

Lillian was born 16 August 1916. She was the 5th living of 9 children born to Jacob and Anna Feingold. Lillian’s father Jacob, was born abt. 1872 and mother Anna/Annie abt. 1870. All documents found indicate that they were most likely born in the Minsk area Belarus area of Russia. I first found Jacob in the 1910 Brooklyn census. They are living at 71-75 Amboy St. Jacob is working as a presser of mens clothing. His year of immigration is noted as 1898. He is 38 years old and has been married for 18 years to Anna/Annie. He can not read or write.  Feingold1.jpg


(Not confirmed but possibly your Jacob is in the  1905c record – Jacob Feingold, 30 years old, boarder, @82 Willett St NYC, tailor living with Max Blum 65 and Gussie Blum 60)

Jacob’s wife Annie was born abt. 1870 and according to the census document she has had 9 births with only 3 living children, that certainly seems like a very high death rate for the first 6. The record indicates this is a first marriage for them both (m1) married for 18 years (1892) This is our first glimpse into the family of Lillian. The first son listed is William (15)  b. 14 April 1895 Russia. William’s birth year would indicate that 6 prior births is highly unlikely.  Julius (12) follows b abt. 1898 Russia and then Ida b. abt 1905 in Brooklyn, New York.  Annie’s immigration date is 1903 –   I have not been able to locate any immigration records for them at this time.

Above, I have made a correction to my first posting of this blog due to the great eye by  fellow blogger Amy Cohen of ‘Brotmanblog: A Family Journey’ she found a error in my research she also made an astute observation to my original thinking steering me in a right direction. Amy wrote “My guess is that the six children who died were born before, between, and after the three who survived–perhaps one before 1895, one between 1895 and 1898. and then several between 1898 and 1905. People had babies almost every other year, so if they married in 1893, they might have a child in 1893, 1895 (who lived), 1897, 1898 (who lived), 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905 (who lived), 1907—something like that?” When I first looked at the census my thought with the 6 child deaths and 3 living equated to 6 prior to those 3 and not probable attributing it to a census error. Thank you Amy 🙂 

The next time I locate this family in a census is in 1920.  (I could find nothing for them in the 1915 New York census) They have moved and are living at 1840 Pitkin Ave, Brooklyn. Jacob is working as a longshoreman on the Piers. He is 48, still has alien status and imm. date is now 1900.


Here we learn that Annie has passed away and Jacob is listed as (W) for widow. Lillian is Lilly and 3 years old. Annie has died sometime between the birth of Lillian and 1920c. I located this death record which we can send away for if you would like. What we could learn from it is: if in fact this is our Annie, possibly her parents names if they were known by who recorded the death, and the cause of her death. This would take you back a generation and could lead to more information.


My trail for Jacob after 1920 goes completely cold. I can not find him with 2nd wife Bessie. I can not locate him in the 1925 census with daughters Sadie who would be abt. 11 and Lily abt. 9. You had mentioned a child Sam, I could find nothing with his name either. The only document I came up with is a 1940c for a Jacob Feingold 69 yrs old married to a woman named Rose. They are living on Hopkins Ave, same address as in 1935. This Jacob is still an alien which is consistent with his other records. This record does not indicate length or number of marriages.

I want to go back to something absolutely fabulous that I located regarding this family. I was able to identify where in Minsk this family was living prior to immigrating to the US.

The town the family was in was: LIBISHAUA –as spelled on William Feingold’s naturalization papers.

Home » Databases » JewishGen Locality Page – Lyubeshiv, Ukraine
Lyubeshiv, Ukraine  Alternate names: Lyubeshiv [Ukr], Lyubeshov [Rus], Lubashov [Yid], Lubieszów [Pol], Lyubeshuv, Lyubeshev, Lyubashevo, Ljubesi Region: Minsk

JGFF Town Search (14 Matches)
Town District Province Country
Before WWI (c. 1900): Lyubeshov Pinsk Minsk Russian Empire
Between the wars (c. 1930): Lubieszów Kamień Koszyrski Polesie Poland
After WWII (c. 1950): Lyubeshov Soviet Union
Today (c. 2000): Lyubeshiv Ukraine



I tried downloading 2x to see if I could get 1st document clearer for you. The 2nd you should be able to read. We have the declaration of intention with a 1914 date and the next page is the Petition for Naturalization with a date of 28 Sept, 1916. A couple of clues  piece together this families story. In 1916 William was living at the Pitkin address. I have a birthday for Lillian/Libby as 16 Aug 1916, so we know the family was at that address in 1916. William is 21 and living at his parents home working as a Cap maker and will marry next years to a woman named Lillian Shiner. Below is his WWI draft registration. He is married and his wife is expecting their first child.


William married a woman named Lillian Shriner. They had 3 sons that I have been able to find. Emanuel abt. 1920, Arnold Wilbur abt. 1923 and Leonard Charles abt. 1927

As I write I am not sure if you even knew about these 2 men. You had only given me the woman’s names, Sadie, Ida and Lilly. Julius was born 16 April 1897. His petition to naturalize only indicates the birth location of Minsk and arrived in 1903, William’s has an arrival of 1902. I have made numerous attempts to locate the immigration records using the dates and ships name but have still come up with nothing. 32126_22580690146357-00726

Name Julius Feingold
Petition Age 30
Record Type Petition
Birth Date 16 Apr 1897
Birth Place Minsk, Russia
Arrival Date 16 Mar 1903
Arrival Place New York
Petition Date 7 Nov 1927
Petition Place New York, USA
Spouse Esther
Children Milton,Bella
Household Members
Name Age
Julius Feingold
Esther Melnick

I want to pass on Ida also recording in a census as Ada and Sadie since you most likely know about them and jump right to

Lillian Lily Libby 


This is really what started it all Lillian ‘Reingold’ really Feingold. When we first began corresponding you had said Reingold for her last name, then a few searches and I asked if it was a typo and you said yes….well actually a typo but you were right. Her wedding record does state Reingold and that is why you thought Reingold it was. That must be the typo.

With 3 sons, naming their 3 sons Nathan, 2 marring Lillian’s it took me a few graph drawings to get it straight, and of course William went and married a Lillian. Records available become limited up to 1940. I did find a census for 1940 for Nate and Lily – in Brooklyn, the ages are off a few years, Nate is a lawyer in private practice. Is this your folks?  It can not be our other Nate in DC because he is recorded there with Lillian and his 2 children working as a CPA.

Well this just about wraps up what I have been able to find with an initial search. If you are able to find your parent’s wedding documents, that would be wonderful. I would love to see a copy of it and see what we can learn from that. If you know anything more that might help me find Jacob and this Bessie, please let me know. I will continue to look for the immigration records too.

I think finding the town Libby’s family came from is so exciting and of course lots of googling of this place and checking records from there would come next. I looked on Yad Vashem. There are 25 pages with various spellings of Feingold to look at, not all from Belarus area of course. I think it would be smart to send away for the death record I found for Anna. It could provide some important info and then maybe not. The fee is nominal I would be happy to do this if you would like to continue.

Thank you for providing me with some fun research….always up for a new project.


Sadie Cantor wife of Hyman Haimowitz

Hyman, known as Herman was my great Uncle, brother to my grandfather Isidore.  This post is dedicated to Hyman’s descendants. In this last year I have had the honor of connecting with so many of you. It sure can get confusing, 1st cousins 1x removed, 2nd or 3rd cousins 2x removed but what I do know as our tree grows and blossoms this spring of 2017, I want to write a little bit about Herman and his wife Sadie Cantor, who has been virtually unknown to this branch of my family. Herman and Sadie have been father, mother, grandfather/mother, great and great great to those I have connected with, this post is for you 🙂

To recap Hyman/Herman was born the 22nd of Sept 1898. I have 2 documents that differ on where he was born. His death certificate states Galatz/Galati, Romania 


A search for a marriage license on Family search yielded this record with a birth location of Yassy/Iasi Romania. 
New York, New YoName Herman Haimowitz
Event Type Marriage
Event Date 17 May 1918
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Event Place (Original) Manhattan, New York
Gender Male
Age 19
Marital Status Single
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1899
Birthplace Jassy, Roumania
Father’s Name Sam
Mother’s Name Rebecca Strulowitz
Spouse’s Name Sadie Cantor
Spouse’s Gender Female
Spouse’s Age 18
Spouse’s Marital Status Single
Spouse’s Race White
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated) 1900
Spouse’s Birthplace Kiev, Russia
Spouse’s Father’s Name Abraham
Spouse’s Mother’s Name Anna Karduek
Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2473-Y39 : 20 March 2015), Herman Haimowitz and Sadie Cantor, 17 May 1918; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,170.
No image available City Marriage Records, 1829-1940
Reference ID cn 30818
GS Film Number 1643170

I tend to believe that Galatz makes more sense for Herman’s birth location. Father Samuel, was from Odessa, Ukraine, although most documents list his birth location as Romania. I think this may be due to the reporting time of the document and the fact that during WWII Odessa was under Romanian rule (1941 – 1944)


Odessa is port city on the Black Sea in the Ukraine and Galati is a port city on the Danube River in Romania. From the map you can see the triangle pattern with Iasi. Still not proven beyond doubt we have these 3 locations for our ancestors beginnings as we know it. Samuel died in 1954 and reporting on his death certificate was his daughter Fay Lazar who lists his birth location simply as Roumania and from this document and Herman’s social security application we learned that his parents were Herman (Hyman, Haim) and Ida Greenblatt. We have a birth date for Samuel of 15 March 1975. I have yet to find anything to give us approx. ages for his parents but if the elder Herman was about 20 when he started having children we could place his birth year in about 1855 or before. But back to our present Hyman/Herman named for his grandfather….he immigrated with his mother and father arriving prior to 1905 when they are first found in the 1905 census. Family story is that his brother Pinchas/Paul was born aboard ship. I have a birth date of 3 June 1901 for him. On Samuel’s intent to naturalize papers, the date is 1906. An immigrant needs to reside in the US for 5 years prior to appling for citizenship so the dates seem to line up.

Sadie Cantor marries Herman Haimowitz on the 16 May 1918.

Who was Sadie Cantor?  

Sadie Cantor was the daughter of Abraham Cantor and Anna Karduek/Karolnik. Sadie was the 1st of 4 daughters born to Abraham and Anna,  and the only one to have been born overseas in Kiev, Russia, where Sadie and Abraham also were born. Sadie had 3 sisters, Yetta born in 1903 N.Y., Rose, 1908 N.Y. and Tessie in 1914, N.Y. Abraham had his hands full with 5 woman in his household and for his entire working career his occupation was listed as peddler.

Arrival records differ for this family on the census records however according to Abraham’s naturalization papers the 3 arrived in New York aboard the ship The Vaderland February, 1901. I first found the family in the 1905 census. They were living at 321 E. 100th St NYC. Sister Yetta is listed but for some reason Rose was not mentioned. Abraham is a peddler and in later census records it will state he is peddling fruit. They had a boarder living with them, Joseph Goodman, plumber. I imagine it was tough times for the Cantors.



Abraham Cantor’s Petition of Naturalization 31301_167550-00431


What I want to focus on with this document are Abraham’s 4 daughters. Sadie clearly had a different last name which was indexed as Kuimowitz. Yetta, Rose and Tessie all have Cantor as their last name. That was odd. This led me to wonder if Anna may had been married before? A recheck of the census records I was able to find and only 1 said m1 for both of them. This really stumped me, why the different last name? I kept coming back to this until the light came on. The date for the naturalization record was April 16 1920. Herman had registered for the draft in 1918, this was not Sadie Kuimowitz – but Sadie Haimowitz, her married last name. The transcriber in reading the handwriting had transcribed the last name wrong. The document states all his children were residing with him. Sadie was already married. My guess now is Herman is serving in the war. The 1920 census, which was enumerated in Jan of 1920, for Abraham and Anna does not list Sadie but by April of that year Sadie had moved in with her parents as indicated on the nat. document. But why not Harold as grandson? Harold was born in May of 1919 and would have been close to 1 years old.

Herman registers for the WWI draft.


I found Herman or Sadie in the 1920 census under the last name spelling of Haimovitz. They were living at 1363-67 Stebbins Ave, Bronx. Herman was 21 and working as a traveling salesman in woman’s dresses. Harold had been born, listed as 7 months old. They were still living there in the 1925 census but by then Shirley has joined the family. I am still not sure why Sadie was listed as living with her parents on her fathers naturalization record. Clearly the Stebbins address was her permanent address. Perhaps it was simply a mistake by Abraham.

In the 1920 census parents Abraham and Anna Cantor were living at 1970 2nd Ave, NYC. Abraham was still working as a peddler and it was in this census we learned he sold fruit and C. Perhaps candy? caps? cookies? lol we just don’t know…

By 1930 Abraham and Anna have left the city for Brooklyn. The address was 435 E. 92nd St. They were renting an apt for $50. Tessie, their youngest is 16 and still with them and in school. Rose and Yetta are gone. Abraham is listed as 60 and is not working. I can’t even begin to imagine how they survived with no income. A fruit peddler did not make much money. The census for 1930 also states that neither Abraham or Anna were educated (no schooling) and neither could read or write. I don’t believe I mentioned this before but the language spoken was Yiddish. Also of interest is that the census records whether families had radio’s and the answer is no for the Cantor’s.


This is the building I found on google earth for the address. I am not sure if this is a newer building but the 435 address on the yellow Highway Court entrance arch seemed to feel like the right period.

Back to daughter Sadie and Herman who did not stay long in the Bronx. Sometime after 1925 they moved to Brooklyn and by the 1930 census they were living at 182 E 93rd St. They were around the corner and a few streets down from Sadie’s parents. Their rent was $58, Harold was in school, Shirley was 6, and Doris has joined the family, listed 6 months. Herman’s parents were in the Bronx.


The last time I find Sadie’s parents together was in the 1940 census living with their married daughter Tessie and her husband Herman Hoffman. (I have not been able to locate their marriage information.) Abraham  was 69 years old and Anna 66. They were all still living on E. 92nd street but had moved a few doors down to 462 E. 92nd St. Herman Hoffman was a salesman selling butter and eggs while Tessie worked as a bookkeeper at a Corset House.


At the cross street of Willmohr St and 92nd St you find the rental home of Tessie and Herman Hoffman. I was unable to read the house numbers to know which side was their home. To me, this is says the Brooklyn I remember.


Still alive in 1940, I have not located any death information for the parents of Sadie Cantor; Abraham and Anna Cantor from Kiev, Russia. Sadie’s husband Herman died young in 1948. The question now remains open as to whether Sadie’s parents outlived her husband.

In 1954 at the age of 54, Sadie took a trip to Europe. This is the arrival manifest for the ship The Liberte leaving from Le Havre, France on Sept 21st arriving in New York on Sept 27. Why, where and with who was she traveling? or was she on her own? The listing is alphabetical and not by cabin so I found it impossible to locate a traveling companion. I like to imagine that she traveled back to her home land of Kiev, perhaps to family? One thing I believe is that Sadie was a courageous and  adventurous woman, especially if she traveled alone. We need to remember that the WWll has ended, the sting of the Holocaust was still fresh.


The last photo I have to share is the gravestones for                                                            Sadie Cantor and Herman Haimowitz. They are at rest at The New Montifiore Cemetery on Long Island.






Gil Smith’s 2nd marriage to Alex Sinrod

Nothing new on the parents of Golde/Gertrude/Gussie/Gil Smith, Rose Smith nee Rosen and David Smith but a few wonderful leads and yes pictures have surfaced for Gil and her 2nd husband Alex Sinrod. I am so excited to share these pictures with my family.

Gil Smith is my 2nd cousin 2x removed born, 27 Aug 1907 in New York. In the snap shot of the 1940 census below, Gil is living with her parents, sister Muriel and 2 year old son Richard. The census indicates that Gil is divorced. The family address is at 2418 Mermaid Ave. David, Ray and Gil are all working as candy store helpers and Muriel is a lampshade worker.


Where the family was living.

2418MermaidAve .jpg

I had written in my last post that I had hoped to connect with a Sinrod and am excited to report that I have. While not a descendant of Alex, I have been in touch with the son of Alex’s brother Nathan Sinrod. A big thank you must go out to J.K. Sinrod for sharing this absolutely wonderful and unbelievable picture with us….I would like to introduce you to

Mr. and Mrs. Alex & Gil Sinrod  


I do not have a wedding date for the couple. I do know that Alex served in the Marine Corp, enlisting in April 1942 and was not released from service until 28 Sept 1945. Nothing that I found indicated he was married prior to enlisting or that he wasn’t.

This is another picture that was shared with me. Alex is the dashing young man on the end with the bow tie and it appears he is in a tuxedo. In the middle are his parents Benjamin and Beckie Sinord, his brother Nathan on the other end next to his gorgeous wife Lillian/Libby Feingold/Reingold. Sitting are sister’s Blanche and Selma.


I simply must share the wedding picture of Nathan and Lillian/Libby Sinrod


I love this picture, I love wedding pictures period, however the simplicity of this gown and Lillian are strikingly stunning.


I look at this picture of Alex and Gil Sinrod below and can only do one thing; smile along with them. Their story is so incomplete yet their smiles say it all for me. We lived, we loved. Gil and Alex you are thought of and remembered.




Gil is buried at Beth David Cemetery in Hempstead, New York. Alex is buried in a family plot along with his father Benjamin, mother Beckie and sister Blanche at New Montefiore, West Babylon, New York.

Rose (Ray) Rosen Continued

Since last posting I have continued to spend countless hours trying to locate more information on Rose, my 2nd great Aunt, sister to my great grandmother Kate Rosen  Lipschitz. I still have not been able to find anything on Rose’s immigration or naturalization for either her and her husband, David Smith. Nor have I been able to find anything accurate or specific on her death and burial except the year. I still can not find them in the 1910c.  Right now I am waiting on 2 documents, hoping for that crumb that might open up a flood gate of information. 1 for Rose and 1 for her daughter Muriel. These countless hours spent did lead to something interesting to share.

From FamilySearch I believe I located a 3rd child of Rose and David.Named Charles Smith, he was born in 1912 passing away a short 2 years later in 1914. Yesterday, I sent away for his death certificate, adding a 3rd document to my waiting for list for this family. With the 1 minor spelling error of David’s name, I believe this record belongs to this family.
Name Charles Smith
Event Type Death
Event Date 07 Jan 1914
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Address 326 E 101 St.
Gender Male
Age 2
Marital Status Unknown
Race White
Birth Year (Estimated) 1912
Birthplace U. S.
Burial Date 08 Jan 1914
Cemetery Sect Cur Ocean View
Father’s Name Davis Smith
Father’s Birthplace Romania
Mother’s Name Rose Rosen
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WMN-L61 : 20 March 2015), Davis Smith in entry for Charles Smith, 07 Jan 1914; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,323,349.

So what I have for Rose and David is this…

Rose immigrated sometime just prior to marring David, census records are consistent that Rose came over from Russia in 1906. She must have married almost immediately or the question is raised, could she have already been married to David overseas?  However with with no marriage license found yet, I was thinking the marriage was here, especially with the evidence that David was not from Russia but Botsana, Romania, arriving much earlier than Rose.Could the marriage have been arranged? Using the immigration date of 1906 to Gertrude’s birth in 1907, they had to have met and married rather quickly. First child Gertrude/Gussie/Gil was born 29 Aug 1907, followed by Charles in 1912 passing in 1914, and then Muriel arriving in 1918. *** Add to the 3 names used by daughter Gertrude I have discovered the name on Gertrude’s birth certificate: It was “Golde” see the copied document cited below, and yes I now have a 4th document I am waiting for, Golde’s birth certificate.

David Smith
mentioned in the record of Golde Smith
Name David Smith
Age 25
Birthplace Romania
Gender Male
Wife Rose Rosen Smith
Daughter Golde Smith

Other information in the record of Golde Smith
from New York, New York City Births
Name Golde Smith
Event Type Birth
Event Date 29 Aug 1907
Event Place Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Gender Female
Race White
Father’s Name David Smith
Father’s Birthplace Romania
Father’s Age 25
Mother’s Name Rose Rosen Smith
Mother’s Birthplace Russia
Mother’s Age 19

Citing this Record
“New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2WC7-LCR : 20 March 2015), David Smith in entry for Golde Smith, 29 Aug 1907; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 44654 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,991,802.

Since my last post on this family I have made some additional headway and limited contact with a descendant of Golde/Gertrude/Gil and her 2nd husband Alex Sinrod. Gil passed away in June of 1976 in Brooklyn and Alex followed 10 years later in 1986, also in Brooklyn – Alex is buried in a family plot at New Montifiore Cemetery on LI. A search of New Montifiore grave locator online, did not locate Gil buried there.

The search and documenting of this family continues for me. I am hoping to reconnect with the Sinrod family and hopefully a picture will be shared. The search to round out the history and lives of Rose and David Smith continues 🙂