Posted in Bride, Chicago, DNA, England, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, London, New York, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

2020 ~ A Brief Year In Review

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.

Samuel and Rebecca (Srulowitz) Haimowitz

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.

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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.

https://wordpress.com/post/nwpaintedlady.wordpress.com/8762

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.

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.

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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.

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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 Ancestry.com  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

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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

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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 walesonline.co.uk 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

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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, 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.

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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