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 Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Jewish History, London, Romania

Our Missing Haimowitz Sister Update

On March 1st, under the title of The Search Continues For Our Missing Haimowitz SisterI had outlined my continued effort to try and discover who the sister of my great grandfather Samuel Haimowitz and his brother Marks Hyamovitch was. This brick wall in our family stories continues to haunt me. Who are you lady with the glasses along with Samuel your brother and niece Freda, daughter of your brother Marks?

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Marks Hyamovitch

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In the post on March 1st, I had written that I had sent away for the marriage certificate of Nathan Schoenfeld and Celia Haimovitch; 10 June 1908. I received the record yesterday, again a disappointment. She was not our missing sister.

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My thinking for sending for the marriage or death records of women with the maiden last name of Haimowitz, Hyamovitch and or any similar variations, is to match her with the parent’s names of Hyman Haimowitz and Ida Greenblatt. As you can see with this record,  Celia’s parent’s names were Joseph and Dollie Rubenstein.

My hypothesis is the assumption that once she immigrated from Romania she married in the states. This, of course, can be flawed. She may have married in Romania, she may have even made a stopover in England, where Marks and his family settled, met and married over there and then continued to the states. Family history does indicate that she lived and was married in the N.Y. area though.

The search continues….

 

 

 

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Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Hyamovitch, Iasi, Jewish History, London, Odessa, Romania

The Search Continues For Our Missing Haimowitz Sister

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Still searching for our missing Haimowitz/Hyamovitch sister. That’s her on the left, the older woman with the glasses. In the middle is her brother Samuel Haimowitz with their niece, Freda Hyamovitch/Hyams.

Samuel’s brother was named Marks, father of Freda.

With March on our heals and the year in full swing, I wanted to keep a family mystery and search for a missing sister in the forefront. Last year with the help of this blog and this picture, we were able to connect two branches of a family, long lost and now connected, that stretched across the Atlantic from London to New York.

The London branch spelled their last name as Hyamovitch/Hyams, while the American branch used Haimowitz.

The parents of our mystery sister were Hyman Haimowitz/Hyamovitch and Ida Greenblatt.

Still lost to us all is the name of Samuel and Marks sister. The family originated in Odessa then moved into Romania and made their way up into Iasi. From there Marks (born 1880) immigrated into England around 1901 and at about the same time Samuel (born 1875) immigrated across the ocean with his wife Rebecca and two boys, Hyman and Pincus.

A distant DNA match sparked my interest. Leaving no stone unturned, I have sent away for the marriage license of Celia ‘Tillie’ Haimowitz (born 1890), on the license it is spelled Hiamovitch, to a man named Nathan Schoenfeld. Both Nathan and Celia were from Romania. The birth date for Celia seems to fit.

I have already sent away and received documents for the following couples, but have determined the woman not to be our missing sister.  Emma Haimowitz married to Martin SugoffLugoff, Bessie Haimwoitz married to Jacob Sasslovsky, Ida Haimowitz married to Harry Weisberg, Sarah Haimowitz married to Samuel Blum, Rachel Haimowitz married to Marcus Steinberg and Jennie Haimowitz married to William Babit.

The search continues.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Genealogy, Haimowitz, Jewish History, Memorial

In Memory Of Sheldon David Haimowitz

In Memory of 

Sheldon David Haimowitz 

8 March 1939 Bronx, New York ~ 8 February 2003 Boca Raton, Florida 

Son of Irving Isidore Haimowitz and Minnie Myra Lipschitz

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This wonderful photo of my Uncle Sheldon was recently shared with me by his sister, my Aunt Rochelle. This next picture is also from Rochelle of her son David on his special day  On each side of David is Brenda (1950 – 2017) and Sheldon. Brenda is Sheldon and Rochelle’s younger sister.

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February 8th fall’s on my birthday,  not only mine but my cousin-in-law Aaron. (if that is truly a designation) Aaron is married to Lisa, Rochelle’s daughter. In the two photo’s that follow, shared with permission of Aaron and Lisa, I would like to celebrate Sheldon by honoring our two most recent Bat/Bar Mitvah’s, their son Gabe (2015) and daughter Molly (2019). I am sure Sheldon was present with them, along with Brenda  – quietly urging them on, spiriting a veil of calm and excitement, showering them with love and light on their special days…

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The Glassman Family 

 

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In finding my birth family I had the honor of meeting Sheldon one time before he passed away 6 weeks later. It was a shock to everyone as it was not expected. But overriding all the feelings of sadness in not getting to know Sheldon better I am blessed to know him through the eyes of my found family.

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May His Memory Be A Blessing 

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.

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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