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.

 

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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

 

 

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.

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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 Genealogy, New York, Romania, Srulowitz, Strulowitz

Wanted – all leads on locating Minnie Srulowitz/Strulowitz

My information is minimal – the facts limited – the questions and answers illusive

Missing: known only as Minnie (maiden name) Srulowitz/Strulowitz probably born between 1875 – 1885, Romania

daughter of Samuel Srulowitz/Strulowitz (abt.1860) and Minnie Cohen

sister of Rebecca (Rivka) Haimowitz (1880, Romania) nee Srulowitz/Strulowitz

Minnie had 2 known daughter’s, 1 was named Molly aka Red Headed Molly

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We know that Minnie was in New York at some point, early 1900’s, married and had 2 daughter’s, 1 named Minnie

There was also Srulowitz/Strulowitz family that settled in the Chicago area

Posted in Adoption, Bronx, Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, Petchers, Romania

Molly Petchers nee Haimowitz

In my last post I shared the recently received documents for my great uncle’s Herman (Hyman) and Paul (Pincus) Haimowitz. In attempt to locate the originating home town (shtetl) of my ancestors, at the beginning of the summer, I began reviewing and requesting records I had not sent for.  A few of those records have arrived that I would like to share.

From Herman and Paul’s records I clearly have 2 town names that had played a role in their early lives. They were Iasi and Galati Romania. I out lined my theory of the families movements in my last post. (from Odessa, Ukraine up to Iasi and then down into Galati before immigrating to the United States)

Molly Haimowitz was the youngest of 5 siblings. From oldest to youngest, Herman, Paul, Fay, Isidore (my grandfather) and Molly. I had hoped by requesting her marriage and death certificate there might have been a clue to her parents home town’s but I wasn’t so lucky. Still, her records are wonderful and help to round out her story.

Molly Haimowitz was born on August 22, 1911, New York City, New York and passed away February 4, 1994, North Miami Beach, Florida.

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Marriage Certificate for Louis Petchers and Mollie Haimowitz 

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In 1930 Molly (17) was still living with her parents at 974 Aldus St, Bronx but here in 1933 she has listed a different address (her marriage age differs) I am reading it as 845 St John’s Ave but I was unable to locate this address in the Bronx. I did find a location for it in Yonkers. Under street listings for the Bronx the only street name to come close was St. Joseph’s Way. I could not locate any information on the Franklin Casino that she has listed as the venue. But what did jump out at me on this record was the spelling of her mothers last name as Srulowitz – and not Strulowitz with the t. This again shows the inconsistencies with the spelling of their last name and in locating family records. This family Strulowiz/Srulowitz  is certainly one of my brick walls.

This paragraph is an add on, an amendment to my original posting. Fellow blogger and friend of the https://brotmanblog.com spotted something on the marriage certificate that I overlooked. Please of birth for Molly was recorded as Romania. I had not noticed this. My mind registered that as referring to her parents. Clearly this was an error as Molly was born in N.Y., although I have no record for her birth. Census records for the years 1905, 1910 & 1915 may suggest the family remained in N.Y. I have nothing to suggest that the family returned to Romania after arriving.

I know next to nothing about the life and family of Molly and Louis Petchers. From the  1940 census they were living at 398 Oliver Place, Bronx and Louis (38) was working as a mechanic in a service station. Molly (24) had no occupation listed.

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Molly and Louis adopted a girl born in 1943 but I am unsure when the adoption took place. She was the informant on the death certificate for Molly (see below) Louis had passed away 11 years earlier in 1983 also in the Miami area.

 Molly’s Death Certificate.

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Here on this record the last name for her mother is spelled as Srulowitz. The only leads I have on this Srulowitz family is the death certificate of Molly’s mother Rebecca; her father’s name was written (Sam) Strulowitz and her mother as Minnie Cohen, both simply Romania. Information shared by a cousin’s states Rebecca had family in Chicago, a sister named Minnie who had 1 daughter named Molly ~ known as red headed Molly as not to be confused with her Aunt Molly. Herman’s death certificate lists the spelling of the last name as Strulowitz. On my grandfather’s record only the first name of Rebecca was listed as is the same with son Paul. I do not have a death record for daughter Fay. My pursuit of Strulowitz/Srulowitz family connections will continue.

 

Molly is buried at the Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami, Florida.

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Posted in Galati, Genealogy, Haimowitz, Iasi, Jewish History, Lipschitz, Romania, Schiff

Hyman/Herman and Pincus/Paul Haimowitz

Taking a small detour from my Lipshitz branch I would like to again focus on the Haimowitz family. Recently I received 2 documents I had sent away for. This summer I had decided to look through my records for what might be missing, then try and locate  and order them.

Below is a wonderful picture of 4 of the 5 Haimowitz siblings who started our branches here in the states. Hyman/Herman standing in middle, Pincus/Paul standing, baby Isidore/Irving seated in middle (my grandfather) and Frieda/Fay holding the basket. Not born yet was Molly. InfantIsidor1 copy.jpgPhoto courtesy of the Fay Haimowitz Family

As I continue to research the family I have been concentrating and trying to locate exactly where the family originated from. I have still not been able to locate a passenger record for the parents, Samuel Haimowitz and wife Rebecca Strulowitz, nor can I find  1st born son Herman, confirmed born in Romania who traveled with them to New York. Son Paul, as the family story goes, was born aboard ship with his birth location puzzling. Was he a born in Romanian water or in U.S. water? The question may have been answered. Until now I have had conflicting census and records for him. The next three children were all born in New York.

First received was the marriage record for son Herman. He married Sadie Canter on May 18, 1918. This record actually threw a wrench in my research as his birth location was listed as Jassy/Iasi. Before receiving this, I had believed his birth location was the town of Galati or Galatz (yiddish) as noted on his death certificate.

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A quick look for Ports in Romania on Wikipedia I learned that “The Port of Galați is the largest port and sea port on the Danube River and the second largest Romanian port.[2][3] Located in the city of Galaţi, the port is an important source of revenue for the city because many large international companies have established there.”

On the birth certificate of my grandfather Isidore, his father, Samuel’s birthplace was noted as Odessa, Romania. Odessa (spelled with either 1 or 2 s’s) today is in the Ukraine. During WWII it came under Romanian occupation other wise it was considered part of the Russian Empire. The cities history is quite fascinating and worth a comprehensive read and still leaves me a bit confused as to why on a 1904 birth record Odessa was noted that way.

Had Samuel relocated from Odessa to Yassy/Iasi and then from there down into Galati where he and his wife Rebecca left from the Galati port to America? To me that makes the most sense now seeing all these cities on the map. Iasi is the second largest city in Romania. It holds a huge role in Jewish history.  Samuel’s occupation was carpenter and that never wavered. In my mind he would have sought hubs of activity for work and that loop of Odessa, Iasi and Galati makes sense.

Herman and Sadie were married at the Municipal Building in New York. It was constructed between 1904 and 1914. Witness to the marriage were Herman’s parents, Samuel and Rebecca.

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The next record I received was the marriage certificate for Pincus/Paul Haimowitz. His marriage was to Ida Schiff nee Taub on November 3, 1927 in the Bronx. This was Paul’s first marriage and Ida’s second.

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This was truly a welcomed document as Paul’s birthplace was listed as Galatz, Romania. I now have 2 documents for the 2 brothers with Galati mentioned. I continue to feel confident that Galati holds the a key to our ancestors beginnings prior to coming here, at least their last known place of residence. I have never been able to find a naturalization record for Paul nor a birth certificate for confirmation however his social security record does give a birth date of June 3, 1901, Romania.

Ida Taub was first married to Samuel Schiff in 1921. They had 1 daughter, Annette born in 1924. Whether divorced or Samuel died I have not been able to prove. Ida went on to marry Paul. They would have 1 son, Harold born in 1932.

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Paul’s death certificate yielded no information on his place of birth. The informant on this record was Annette Reinert, noted daughter.

Thus ends another chapter for the lives of Hyman/Herman and his brother Pincus/Paul Haimowitz ©

I also would like to say a special Thank you to my cousin Arline for sharing some wonderful family photo’s with me. Truly a treasured gift.