Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Familes, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London, New York, Romania

The 4th of July 2019

As I welcomed today, this 4th of July,  2019, it began as all others, the usual morning routine; I knew there would be no holiday picnic, no family close by to gather with. There would be late night tv mixed with the dread of bombs bursting in air over our evening sky and we would be up consoling our fur baby and keeping him calm. Then another thought began to surface.

This was the first 4th of July since finding my English ancestors, the first, knowing I had actual family who made their life there in England, the first time to think about the importance and impact of my ancestors choices on mine and my families lives. The first time I would be thinking of and looking at our separation and independence from Great Britain in a totally new light.

My great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz immigrated, arrived and settled in the United States of America sometime between 1900 and 1902 while his brother Marks Hyamovitch arrived in England in 1901 where he settled and established his family. Both of them immigrating from Romania.

 

Samuel and Marks

There are so many questions regarding these two brothers and their choices.  The most obvious for me is why had Samuel chosen America and why had Marks chosen England? Had they traveled from Romania together before Sam left for America? If so why had Marks remained? What had influenced their choices? Was it a financial or personal preference? What had been their relationship prior to their decisions? Both men were carpenters and perhaps they worked together at some point. Their age difference is about 5 years. Sam the oldest born about 1875 and Marks in 1880. It appears as with many families with great distances between them that over the years and generations information and contact between these two families was lost. All these questions and more remain now for those of us who have come after them.

Just last month a cousin, Arline, traveled with her husband from California to London to meet for the first time this branch of cousins. It has been about 70 years since a member of the English branch traveled here to New York. It had been through one lone photo taken at this meeting, that survived with the English branch, that connected us all together again. In just a couple of weeks, Arline, who I too have never met, will travel from her home to mine in Washington state and we will meet.

This 4th of July has taken on a very new and special meaning for me…the 13 colonies may have separated and declared their independence back in 1776 but I am declaring and my proclamation is no amount of time and distance or declaration by our forefathers can separate or divide me from my extended family. We are forever connected not only through DNA but the bond of humanity.

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Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Collecting Srulowitz/Strulowitz Puzzle Pieces

Continuing to work on some of my brick walls, I know they will eventually come tumbling down but for now, they are still standing strong and impregnable.

There is my ongoing search for our missing Haimowitz sister and our ongoing family search for Srulowitz/Strulowitz family members. As of this blog post we, me, has never connected with any other Srulowitz family member other than knowing the name of my 2x’s great grandmother Rebecca Srulowitz along with her parent’s names, Samuel Srulowitz and Minnie Cohen. At this point, I have virtually no hope in discovering who Minnie may have been or connected too but for Rebecca….hope is alive.

I have graphed 4 distant DNA connections I am sitting on. Sitting on them since I have reached out through Ancestry to all of the researchers but have not heard anything back from anyone. It has been months but as I said…hope is alive.

Using their trees and the information gleaned from them I am continuing to look for connecting threads and more matches. Our Srulowitz’s connect in New York and into Chicago, Ill.

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Pieces of the puzzle for sure but with too many to be found to see the complete picture.

What does seem most promising is additional DNA Srulowitz match ( all 5-8th) with 4 other researchers connected to the family of Samuel Moshe Srulowitz (1859) Austria married to Lena Strausman (1859) both listed as being from Hungry.  The parents of Samuel Moshe is listed as Israel Srulowitz and Fanny Mizrach (Messruch) In addition, some of this family also connects through some of the children to Chicago, Ill. The children of Samuel and Lena are as follows:

Isidore (Izzy) (1884) m Ester Altberger; Frieda (1888), Yetta Ida (1889)m Morris Frankenstein; Rose (1891) m Laurence Baum; Adolph (1892), Bertha (1894) m Hyman Schor, Minnie (1900) m Gustave Wallisch and Millie (1903) m Jack Weinstein

My next step will to really take a look at this family and try and graph the generations. For me, it just seems too far back to be able to make the connection.

I did locate on Ancestry something that might connect to Samuel however nothing has been proven. I have simply added it my list of possibilities. Below is an entry for a Sam Srulowitz. The date is for arrival in June 1911. His age is listed as 50 which would make him born about 1861, which gels with his daughter Rebecca having been born about 1880. He is entering at the Port of Huron, Michigan from Montreal, Canada destination Chicago, Ill. The question is ‘could this be Rebecca’s father?’

m1464_157-0149The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Passengers Arriving at St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 178

As I continue to work on this Srulowitz family

that silly ‘Match.com’ commercial keeps playing through my mind

“if you’re out there, come find me”

 

Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Jewish History, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

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 familysearch.com 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.

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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

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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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©, 2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

 

Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

In Memory of Rebecca Strulowitz

In Memory of

Rebecca Haimowitz nee Strulowitz

Abt. 1880, Romania – 4 Jan. 1947, New York  

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May her memory be a blessing 

 

As 2019 was approaching, I  spent some time thinking about the direction I wanted to go with my family research. After some thought, one of the things I would like to do is highlight as many family members as I can with a memorial mention on the anniversary of their passing.

The first person to highlight this year was my great grandmother Rebecca Strulowitz. (sometimes spelled Srulowitz without the t) I won’t call it a coincidence, no, it was one of those funny genealogical connections that she should be my first memorial mention after I had decided that I would put more emphasis on trying to locate her story this year and blog the process as well. I have shared about her numerous times before. At present, I know very little about her Strulowitz family. From her death record, I have the names of her parents, Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen. Basically, that is all I have. I have yet to find her immigration record – traveling with her husband Samuel Haimowitz and 2 son’s Hyman and Pincus. I know nothing of her siblings, aunts or her uncles. One cousin shared that she believes she had family that settled in Chicago, Ill., but I have yet to connect any family in Chicago to her.

With very little information, this past year I had set myself the task of checking DNA matches with this last name and all variations of the spelling, collecting their information and fleshing out the family histories for these matches, writing away for death and marriage cert., writing to researchers,  I am trying to connect the dots anyway I possibly can. Perhaps 2019 will be the year of connection with the Strulowitz family.

 

 

© 2019, copyright, Sharon Haimowitz-Civitano. All rights reserved.

 

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, Lifschitz, Lipschitz, Romania, Rosen

And The Adventure Continues

2018 has been an amazing year for our family history with quite a few walls crumbling down. Cousin connections were made and others were strengthened.

The highlight for this year has been two mysteries solved within the Lipschitz and Haimowitz families.

The story of Benjamin Lipschitz, my great grandfather on my birthmother Marlene’s maternal side, was solved with a 3rd cousin DNA match to Jane.

I had been haunted for quite some time regarding Benjamin and his wife Kate Rosen. Both of them deaf from a childhood illness, they were joined together through an arranged marriage. I just knew there had to be more to their story and family than just my grandmother Myra, her sisters Esther and Mary and their descendants. There was!

On my Haimowitz side I had knowledge that some family had immigrated to England from Romania. Who this ‘family’ was, was a complete unknown. Siblings, Uncles, Aunts, cousins..we had no clue. Due solely to the writing of this blog and a post on this mystery family connection, I was contacted by a woman in England which led to a conclusive DNA connection that we discovered this English branch. Marks Hyamovitch was the brother of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, who set down roots in England.

Both these discoveries and connections to cousins has been a highlight in my family research journey this year. And while these mystery were solved so many yet remain.

One such mystery – who is the mystery sister on the left of Samuel and their niece, Freda Hyams (Hyamovitch) daughter of Marks?

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Another highlight for me this year came very recently in way of a photo share from my birthmother’s sister Rochelle and her daughter Lisa. I was sent this photo of Marlene Haimowitz just a month or so after she gave birth to me. Pregnant with me through all of her 18th year she gave birth to be 16 days after turning 19 on February 8th, 1953.

Marlene Haimowitz

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I started 2018 with a purchase and post on a beautiful piece of jewelry and I think most appropriate for ending this year.

The Chai, pronounced ‘hay’, is a letter in the alphabet with its numerical number 18. This is a spiritual number in Judaism and it most certainly fulfilled its destiny this year in bringing much life to our family.

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I would like to thank all of my family and friends who have followed along this year, commented and contributed to our families rich heritage. To all the cousin connections, both old and new, those connections with their strings still undone, I am excited for the new year and new discoveries in store.

A happy healthy coming year

as the adventure continues

 

 

Posted in Ancestry, DNA, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Odessa, Romania, Strulowitz, Weiss

Marks Hyamovitch Family

In the story of The Three Little Pigs, the 3rd and final house was made of brick ~ The wolf huffed and he puffed but couldn’t blow the house down. With genealogy we often refer to a brick wall in our research, that wall stops us in our tracks and can keep us from moving backwards in our research. But I huffed and puffed and with the help of this blog and a little help from a fellow blogger, one of my brick walls did crumble.

What I knew was that my great grandfather had family living in England. Who they were and what the connection was I had no idea. I also knew that he had a sister but we had no knowledge of her name or who she married. We knew only that she had immigrated from Romania and was here in New York with my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz. The extent of our information on her was one photo and only a partial picture of her at that. So when I was contacted by a descendant of our English branch of the family I was overjoyed not only to learn of them but to have a wonderful photo shared with us.  Below and on the left is the “mystery sister” next to her brother Samuel and Freda, their niece, daughter of Marks Hyamovitch, brother of Samuel, visiting from England. They were meeting in New York for the first time. This photo was sent to me by a cousin stating ‘we think this is your great grandfather with the daughter of his brother Marks Hyamovitch.

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Later identification was confirmed by my family members as well as DNA to a new English cousin. That indeed was my great grandfather with his sister along with Freda Hyamovitch.

Marks Hyamovitch was born in 1880, Iasi, Romania. He was five years younger than his brother Samuel who was born in Odessa, Russian Empire/Ukraine in 1875. Their parents were Hyman Haimowitz and Ida/Yetta Greenblatt.  Tracking their movement from documents, we know that in 1875 the family was at home in Odessa, along the Black Sea where Sam was born. Some time prior to or by Samuel becoming 5 years old they made the move to Iasi, Romania, the hub of Jewish life where Marks was born in 1880. From this time frame up until 1898 I have no family information. Samuel married Rebecca Strulowitz, daughter of Samuel Strulowitz and Minnie Cohen by 1898 (in Romania)  At some point Samuel had left Iasi and moved south to the town of Galati, Romania. That is where his first son Hyman/Herman was born in 1898.

By 1900 at the age of 20, Marks had made his way to England, where he settled. Samuel had not arrived in New York until sometime between 1901 and prior to the 1905 which left the possibility of him traveling to England as well, before departing for New York. I have been unable to find any information on Samuel’s immigration or been able to track a route for him. So many question are still left unanswered. Had he possibly gone with his brother to England and then over to America?

Both Samuel and Marks named son’s after their father so I suspect Hyman had passed away by the time 1st grandson Hyman was born in 1898. This raised the question for me, where was their mother Ida/Yetta? Had she remained in Romania?

I am not concerned about the different spelling of Marks last name as Hyamovitch and not Haimowitz  like Samuels. I attribute it to location, perhaps a spelling error or assimilation to region if there is such a thing. I tend to think Hyamovitch may have been the more accurate spelling of their last name.

Shared with me by the family of Marks is the document below.

Aliens Order 1920, Certificate of Regerstration

17 April 1945

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What a wonderful document. Even though his profession of carpenter is crossed off (why?) Marks and his brother Samuel both were carpenters their entire adult life.

His wife was named Polly Weiss born in 1882, Romania. She was the daughter of Sam Weiss and her mother’s maiden name was Shwaltz (info from family) and shown on document. I am unable to make out her first name.

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From the descendants of Marks and Polly I learned they had eight children spanning a period of 20 years all born in London. This generation of children went on to change their last name to Hyams.

First born was Samuel b. 5 May, 1903 followed by Hyman b. 17 May, 1904,  Philip/Pinny 5 June, 1906 Jack b. 28 June, 1908 Annie b. 1912 Benjamin b. 20 March, 1912, Freda b. 1919 and Harry b. 26 March, 1923

Marks Hyamovitch died in December 16, 1962 in the Tooting Bee Hospital, Wandsworth, London, England. He was 81 years old. Cause of death was listed as 1a. bronchopneumonia 1b.generalized arteriosclerosis 2. senility

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He is buried at the Rainham Jewish Cemetery, Rainham Borough of Havering, Greater London, England

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A big Thank you to the members of the Facebook page ‘Tracing The Tribe’ for the translation of the stone. Their willingness to help, explain, suggest, interpret is always so appreciated. Member Robin Meltzer wrote;

Hi Sharon – this is the complete translation: “[abbreviation] Here lies buried/ Mr. Mendel son of Mr. Pinchas/ died 20 Kislev 5723 [abbreviation] by the small count/ [abbreviation] May her soul be bound in the bond of life.” The Hebrew word at the very bottom of the stone is “Shalom,” in this context, “peace.” His father’s name was Pinchas.

So two things jumped out at me, the first being that Marks name was actually Mendel which I did not know and the second thing was his fathers name was written as Pinchas. This is in conflict with what was written on the stone of his brother Samuel seen below.

So I posed this question or statement

“What is interesting to me is that on the headstones of two brother’s one said ‘son of Haim’ and this said ‘son of Pinchas’. Both brothers named son’s Hyman and Pinchas. I suppose the engravings of names on the stones is reflective of who is giving the information and not always the exact name. One brother was in the states the other in England. Again thank you all for the help.” 

Sharon – it is possible that the father had two given names, “Chaim Pinchas” or “Pinchas Chaim.” On the headstones you mentioned, is there a time period where one name is used and not the other, or do they switch back and forth? If there are religious marriage records for his children, that might help clear this up

I posted the photo of Samuels headstone

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And the translation of Samuel’s headstone by Robin

“[abbr] Here lies buried/ Yehoshua son of Mr. Chaim/ died 18 Nisan 5714/ [abbr] May his soul be bound in the bond of life.” “Haimowitz” is the patronymic of “Chaim.” But people changed surnames, full siblings adopted different surnames, so proving that could be difficult. If “Pinchas” was in use earlier than “Chaim,” another possibility is that the father had “Chaim” added to “Pinchas” as an amuletic name later in life due to illness. But it is actually rare that even when there is good documentation of an additional name, that the amuletic name is included in the headstone inscription. Different families have very different customs for this.

I do not have an explanation for the difference in their fathers known first name. I still am partial to Samuel and Marks having sons named Pinchas/Pincus = Paul to us and Philip/Pinny = Pinchas/Pincus and son’s named Hyman as an explanation for tying the first name together.

Marks Hyamovitch 

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Marks and Polly with Annie and Freda 

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Polly Hyamovitch nee Weiss

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Polly passed a year after her husband Marks on March 13, 1963 at Middlesex Hospital, St Marylebone, Middlesex, England. She was 82 years old.

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Posted in DNA, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, Pittsburgh

Puzzle Pieces of the Haimowitz Family are Falling Into Place

In my last post I shared a recent discovery and posed a comparison question for a photo I had recently received. I asked my family and readers for their opinion: could these two men be the same person?

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Before I go further with this post I wanted to take just a moment to respond to the most recent tragedy that has struck, devastated, shook a city, a people, a country, to it’s core. Looking into the eyes of my great grandfather Samuel in the picture above, I can hear him whispering ‘we must never forget; find your place, your voice and tell our story’ In a essay my (adopting) mother wrote in the late 40’s, her timeless words ring as true then as it does today

“even though conditions in the world look dark now and many of us are despairing, we must remember that our fathers survived all trials and tribulations ever since the beginning of time, thus we must never give up hope. What out ancestors were able to do again and again in the past under all conceivable circumstances and in all parts of the world we may yet do again in the future” Grace Judith Tanner

Today I remember the 11 beautiful souls who lost their lives to hate and anti semitism in Pittsburg on October 27th, 2018. I  will always remember them, their families and the city of Pittsburg.

Today I will tell our story which is their story ~ we are connected and connecting, remembering and reminding ~ we are ~ we matter ~ you are ~ you matter ~ we all have a place and story to share ~ you are valuable and will never be forgotten.

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In the photo of the two men above I had asked – could they be the same man? The answer is yes, they are, which led to a most welcomed and earth shaking crumbling of a brick wall in my family research. A cousin named Arline had shared with me that some of the family of Samuel Haimowitz had remained in England and never immigrated from their home country of Romania to the U.S.. That was the extent of my information. Nothing else. A series of events led to Karen (3rd c in England) reaching out to me, the domino’s fell connecting me to her and now 3 more family members

One of those members, a cousin named Joan ( 2c 1r)  had done her DNA with MyHeritage. I had tested with Ancestry, so after some thought on how we could compare our DNA, I uploaded mine from Ancestry to MyHeritage, almost positive we would have a match. In the meantime Karen, Joan and myself began to share information and photo’s trying to get a better picture and an idea of what exactly was going on. Entering the conversation another cousin named Stephen added to the information and then Fred.

All of these 3 shared a man named Marks Hyamovitch who we believed was/is the brother of my Samuel Haimowitz. While the spelling of the last name is not the same it did not deter me from suspecting the match. Below is the picture Karen had shared with me.  She suspected that the man in the middle could be my grandfather Samuel. The young woman on the right was Freda Hyamovitch/Hyams daughter of Marks Hyamovitch taken while she was in America visiting with her father s brother. The older woman was unknown. That is how I came to comparing the two photo’s we suspected were the same man. I have since learned that a branch from one of Marks children did immigrate to the U.S.. and since learning of this I have been contacted by yet another cousin named Fred joined the conversation.

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I shared the photo with my cousin Arline and my Aunt Rochelle. They both confirmed  that they had no doubt this was their grandfather Samuel Haimowitz, my great grandfather. In addition Arline had no doubt that the older woman was Samuel’s sister who’s identity is still unknown.

The DNA results are in and My Heritage has confirmed that I am a 1st cousin 2x removed to Joan over in England.

 

 

Marks Hyamovitch

b. 1880 Iasi, Romania

d. Dec 1962 Wandsworth, London, England

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In my next post I will begin to share the story of Marks and his wife Polly Weiss from the information that has been shared with me. ©