Posted in Ancestry, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Katanka

Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) and Sidney Katanka

Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) was my 1st cousin 2x removed. Her second marriage was to Sidney Katanka in January of 1947.

Below is a photo of Freda and Sidney Katanka shared with me by Steve Freedman. Steve contacted me after finding a blog post I had previously written in Memory of Freda. He has graciously shared this wonderful picture with me to share. Steve’s connection to the family is through the Katanka’s, his mother was Sidney’s cousin.

Freda and Sidney Katanka (1960 – 1965) Courtesy of Steve Freedman

This is another glimpse into the life of Freda and Sidney Katanka

Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Memorial, Wedding, Weiss

The Headstone for Rosie Levin nee Weiss

I haven’t given up and have been continuing to try and discover the location of the cemetery for the gravestone photo of Miriam Weiss nee Schwartz, mother of Polly, Phillip and Rosie Weiss. I go in spurts, researching, making calls, checking cemeteries and then putting the project aside before starting again.

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My connection to the Weiss family is distant; through marriage. Miriam was the mother-in-law of my 2nd great uncle Marks Hyamovitch.

While working on this project I went back to her daughter Rosie, who we believe is in the photograph above. Both Rosie and her husband William Levin are buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing Queens. On ‘Find A Grave’ a photo of Williams headstone is shown but not for Rosie.


It was easy to obtain a photo of Rosie’s  headstone using Mt Hebron’s ‘request photo pay now’ button. 3 days later and the photo below was in my email.


Rosie and William Levin ~ May their memory be a blessing

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October 2, 1909, New York City

Posted in Ancestry, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London

Jack Hyamovitch (Hyams)

Jack Hyamovitch was born on June 28, 1908, London, England to Marks and Polly Hyamovitch. He was the 4th child, the 4th son born to them. Jack was my 1st cousin 2x removed. The picture below is one of the earliest known photo’s of the family and you can see Jack seated next to Polly. The year is most likely about 1910.

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 Jack Hyamovitch 

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I believe this is Jack a bit older – but I can not be sure.

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I have very little to no information on Jack and his early years and life. He would marry two times. His first marriage was to Alice Thorpe. From  England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005  I found this record for his marriage.

Name: Jack Hyamovitch
Registration Date: Jul 1932
[Aug 1932] 
[Sep 1932] 
Registration Quarter: Jul-Aug-Sep
Registration district: West Ham
Inferred County: Essex
Spouse: Alice Thorpe

Unfortunately at this time there is no other information to identify who her parents were.

Born to Alice in June of 1931 was daughter Beryl K. It is unclear to me if in fact she was the daughter of Jack. Notice she was born one year prior to their marriage. Alice and Jack  did have a confirmed daughter, Marie, born 19 Sept. 1933, West Ham, Essex.

Two marriages were found for Beryl, the first to Kenneth Bishop and a second to Robert E. Browne, 1950 (Jan-Feb-Mar) in Islington, London.

I could find no marriage record for daughter Marie.

Jack’s second marriage was to Louise Silver (Davyatski) (according to a researcher on Ancestry with this family, Louise’s parents were Ruben and Sarah with a last name of (Davyatski) changed to Silver)

I was unable to find a record for their marriage using both Ancestry and FamilySearch, under Silver or Davyatski,  Haimovitch or Hyams. Their first child, a son named Jeffrey Hyams was born 18 Feb. 1938, Stepney, London. Benjamin followed on 26 Mar. 1939, Bethnal Green, Middlesex, then Myrna born on Feb. 24th, 1941 in Herefordshire and their last child, another son, Melvyn, 4 May 1943 in Luton, Bedforshire.

Locating the 1939 England and Wales Register for Jack Hyamovitch  on Ancestry, I found him listed living with Louise’s parents


What I found most interesting was that only Jack was listed and not Louise. It states he was born June 18, 1908,  (could be a typo as we have the 28) married and a carpenter. He is listed with Rubin Silver, 2 Oct, 1880, a fur nailer and Sarah Silver, 2 July, 1884, unpaid domestic duties. So where was Louise and first son Jeffrey?

I decided to do a quick check on ancestry for Louise and actually found her under the name Louise Hyams under the 1939 England and Wales Register Norfolk > New Huntstanton >UD > TQGB The birthdate of 11 Aug. 1914 confirmed this was her. She was working as an unpaid domestic duties @ 42 Victoria Ave listed under Harry J. Bennet, gardener, Kate E., unpaid domestic duties and a Phyllis Bennett, unpaid domestic duties and part time grocery bookkeeper, along with a William J. Rennie


So my thoughts jump to why was she not living with her husband and parents? Does unpaid actually mean unpaid and if so why again would she be working for a family and not getting paid? Where was her first son Jeffrey who would only have been 1 years old? He was not listed with either Jack or Louise.

Trying to learn just what was meant by unpaid domestic duties, I turned to google with a search for just that on the 1939 England and Wales Register. According to 1939 was one of the most important records at the beginning for WWII,

“In just one day 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the 41 million strong civil population.

The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other wartime provisions.

In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS.

As well as being a vital document at the time, the register is also set to be a resource of huge historic importance. Due to the 1921 census not being publicly available, the 1931 census having been destroyed during the war and the 1941 census not being taken because of the war the 1939 Register bridges a hitherto vacant period between 1911 and 1951″ 

No.1 under top professions for woman was “unpaid domestic duties” I was unable to find a suitable reason as to why Louise would be in the home of anther family carrying out the duties of an unpaid domestic  which simply ‘refers to a housewife’.

Which brings up the question of when the Hyamovitch family changed their last name and started using Hyams. In 1939 Marks and Polly were listed with the Hyamovitch, son Sam had Hyamovitch but it was crossed out and Hyams was replaced. Philip was interesting as he was first listed as Phil Hyams which was crossed out and Hyamovitch, Phil was written then o/w Phil Hyams with an additional notation


We saw above that Jack was listed under Hyamovitch, and I was unable to find a record for Harry or Hyman.  As late as July of 1947 Sam was still using Hyamovitch when he married Fanny Kaplan/Isaacson, in 1940 Hyman was using Hyamovitch … I could go on, it appears the name change may have been on an individual basis and not one instituted by their father Marks. I would love to hear from a family member on this.

Getting back to Jack – he was a carpenter like his father Marks and Uncle Samuel. I do not have any more information on him.

Jack Hyamovitch Hyams born 28 June 1908 passed away o March 7, 1960 in Skegness, Lincolnshire, England at the age of 52.

HIs children ranged in the ages of 27-17 years old when he passed.

I have no information at this time on what became of Louise his second wife.


Posted in Ancestry, Chicago, Genealogy, Goldberg, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, London, New York, Srulovitz, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulovitz: Are we connected?

In my last post I wrote about Jeanette Weiss who married Emanuel Goldberg. You can read about them here  While researching them I made an interesting discovery connecting them back to my Srulowitz/Srulovitz or Strulowitz family.

In 1932, Jean and Manny had a son, Kalman Asrial born January 27th, Chicago, Ill.

For some time now I have been trying to locate my Srulowitz family that had left New York for Chicago. My great grandmother was a woman named Rebecca Srulowitz and while we know her parents names were Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen that is really all we knew with the exception that Rebecca’s extended family had located in Chicago. In addition she had a sister named Minnie who had a duaghter named Mollie, known as red head Mollie.

I have a number of Strulowitz connected DNA cousins  4 – 8 generations back and nothing to connected our family with these matches, that is until now.

Before I go further let me explain my connection to Jean Weiss. She is the niece of the wife of my 2nd great uncle; Phillip Hyam’s (Hyamovitch). Phillip’s father was Marks Hyamovitch (England branch) brother to my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz (New York branch) The connection is distant but with the discovery of Kalman and then to his wife but I have connected these two families through marriage and linked them as our Srulowitz family.

Kalman Asriel Goldberg married Arlene Srulowitz on October 24, 1954 in Chicago, Ill. Arlene was born June 5, 1934. That was an interesting discovery for me and I quickly went to work trying to discover who Arlene was.

Arlene was the daughter of Herman Srulovitz b. May 3, 1913, Brooklyn, N.Y. son of Isadore Srulovitz b. 1884 Hungary- d. 1933 Chicago and Esther Altberger b. 1891 Hungary – died 1966 Chicago.

I have been sitting on 3 DNA connections to the family of Isadore and Esther for a few years now. I have been communication with the granddaughter of Arlene in both group emails with the England Hyamovitch family and privately the last view months unaware that we circle back around and connect.

I have a task in front of me to try and discover just how Isadore and Rebecca are connected. I have nothing proven yet.  What I am going to try to prove is were

Could Isadore born 1884, father Samuel M. and Rebecca born 1880, father Samuel be brother and sister?

Posted in Ancestry, Genealogy, Goldberg, Weiss

Jeanette (Jean) Weiss and Emanuel Edward Goldberg

For Wordless Wednesday this week I shared the wedding photo of Jeanette (Jean) Weiss and Emanuel (Manny) Goldberg. Over the past few weeks I have shared a number of photo’s of Jean and today, I’d like to share a little more of her story. (all photos courtesy of the extended Weiss Family)

Known as Jean, she was born the Oct. 28, 1907 in Brooklyn New York to parents Phillip (Pacey) Weiss born 1885, Romania and Sarah Meiselman born 1889, Russia.

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Pacey and Sarah had two other children, Rachel born in 1910, Brooklyn, followed by a son Seymour, in 1916, Chicago, Ill.

Rachel and Jeanette Weiss ~

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Sadly, Rachel did not survive and passed away March 3, 1913 shortly after the family relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Chicago, Ill. She is buried at Forest Park.

Jean, mother Sarah and Seymour  

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Information pulled from the 1918 WWI draft registration for Jean’s father Pacey listed their home address of 830 14th St. Chicago and the family was still there in 1920. According to a Weiss family descendant, Jean was a classically trained pianist and a reference to being trained at the Juilliard School of Music was noted on a family members tree. Juilliard was founded in 1905 in New York City.  I have not been able to confirm whether this is true and that she actually was trained at Juilliard in New York. There is a Juilliard at the School of Music in Chicago but the earliest date is 1932 that I could find for it being established. Corresponding with a granddaughter she shared she knew that she did not pursue a career in music and played only at home. In an attempt to find out more information, I checked and genealogy bank and found  on genealogy bank for any mention of a recital. Instead I did locate this article for Jeans mother Sarah.

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After finding this article, I shared it with the Weiss family descendants. Great grandson Brian Morris shared a message from an Aunt who shared this memory with him.

Remember a story told about how Grandpa W took matters into his own hands.  The neighborhood they lived in was mixed with a lot of Italians.  Grandpa went to see the Italian “boss” and wanted to know who broke in and robbed them and tied up Grandma.  Well they were more time efficient than the cops.  Grandpa then introduced himself to them with a baseball bat.  Grandparents had a fruit  store there and were well known and liked.  No robberies after that.  In those days nobody touched a woman.  He went into a bar where they were drinking pulled them out and talked.   Heard the story several times from my Dad.  Grandpa was about 5’8”” max

That was quite an experience that Sarah went through. Whether in 1921 or today, how terrifying it must have been. The article certainly does provide some additional information and insight into there lives and I feel confident in speculating that Pacey and Sarah were certainly wealthy enough to provide a music education in New York for their daughter but whether that happened I do not know. $5000 back then had a value equivalent to $64,000. Quite a nice salary for a fruit peddler. I also wonder if son Seymour was at home and witnessed this. At the time he was only 5 years old. He may have started school by then or he could have still been home.

On the April 1930 census the family had relocated to 3148 Douglas Blvd. Pacey listed his occupation as proprietor of a fruit store and Jean (22) was working as a stenographer at a handkerchief company.

In just a few short months, on June 17, Jean married Emanual Edward Goldberg.

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Emanuel (Manny) Edward was born on Feb. 15, 1905 in Chicago, Ill. to parents Harry Goldberg and Jeanette (Nettie) Denn.

On January 27, 1932 son Kalman Asrail was born followed a few years later by a daughter in 1938. By 1940 they had moved to 652 W. Buckingham Pl. into this lovely brick apartment building. (photo Google Earth) Manny’s occupation was listed as fur broker – own business.


Jean and Manny about 1954

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That really brings me to the end of what I know about Jean and Manny.

Jean passed away on April 10, 1988 at 80 years old and Manny passed away on April 25, 1994 at 89 years old. They are buried at Memorial Park – Skokie, Ill.


May their memory be a blessing 


Posted in Ancestry, Brooklyn, Genealogy, Weiss

A Lot Of Children Photo Follow up

For Wordless Wednesday this week I posted another unmarked photo shared with me from the Weiss Family collection. It is a wonderful photo of children sitting/standing on the running board of a car.

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My connection to the Weiss family is through marriage. Rosie was the sister to the wife of my 2x great Uncle, Marks Hyamovitch. This connection has led to some fun family history collaborations and picture sharing.

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Back to the photo above of the children. Marion Levin b. 1922, daughter of William Levin and Rosie Levin nee Weiss is the little girl sitting on the right end. I am dating this photo about 1927. And below is photo of Marion with her mother Rosie. (I have shared this photo before.)  I suspect her two older brothers, Samuel b. 1910 and Norman b. 1919 are also in the photo.

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Posted in Ancestry, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, London, Weiss

Weiss Family Photo Compare

For Wordless Wednesday I posted this picture below. It was from a grouping of unidentified family photo’s graciously shared by the Bass and Morris Families. The painstaking task of matching known photo’s with unknown has begun and I would like to venture a guess on this one.

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My first thought studying this, was, could these be siblings? An older sister with a younger brother. The young man seems to be of mid teen age.

A photo that was identified was this fabulous family photo of Marks Hyamovitch and his wife Polly (Pauline) Weiss

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Comparing the photo of Polly from the family portrait photo above to the younger woman, do you think these two woman could be the the same; could it be a younger Polly Weiss? I think possibly.

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Polly was born in 1882 and she had a younger brother named Phillip, aka Pacey born in 1885.

Comparing the known photo of Pacey on his wedding day (1906) with the one of the younger man, do you think these two men the same? I think very likely.


The question is ~ could this be a picture of Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss (1882) with her brother Phillip Weiss (1885)? I am strongly leaning to yes.

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I would love to hear from you on this question