The second sister in my brick wall has been the most illusive of our family members. Illusive because even with some information, I have made real progress. This is the Strulowitz/Srulowitz branch. In the years I have been researching I have not made contact with any family members connected to this branch that has led to locating her.
My great grandmother was a woman named Rebecca Strulowitz/Srulowitz, born about 1880 in Romania. From her death certificate I learned her parents names were Samuel Strulowitz and her mother was Minnie Cohen. I have records with the last name spelled both with the T and with out.
It is from my cousin Arline, a granddaughter of Rebecca, that I have gotten even a small picture of who this sister to Rebecca could be. What Arline has shared is ~
Rebecca had a sister who was named or called Minnie. Minnie married and had 2 daughters, one named Molly known as red headed Molly so she was not confused with her Aunt also named Molly, and the other daughter – name unknown. Arline also shared that Rebecca had family that lived in Chicago, Ill.
This Chicago, Ill information has been one of my research areas as I continue to hopefully break down this brick wall.
I seem to have quite a few DNA connections from both Ancestry and My Heritage to Strulowitz/Srulowitz although no close family matches and all are 4 to 8 generations back.
My most promising and compelling DNA connection is with a
Mendel Srulowitz and Goldie Rosen ~ Mendel and Goldie had a son named
Meyer Srulowitz abt 1856 Austria/Ukraine who married a woman named Molka (Molly) Gringrose (Green) b. abt 1860. I have uncovered 9 children born to Molly, 7 daughters and 2 sons. A daughter and son died in infancy.
Through 3 of their daughters I have DNA connections to 3 people who have tested their DNA to this family branch which links me to them and them to Meyer and Molly.
Meyer Srulowitz Death Certificate ~ 1935
I have be researching these 3 daughters of Meyer and Molly and getting a clear picture of their families.
Ida Srulowitz married David Shapiro
Lifsha (Lena) Srulowitz married Jacob Barusch
Minnie Srulowitz married Louis Shapiro
Their other children included:
Pauline Srulowitz who married Max Cohen
Lillian Srulowitz who married Joseph Engel
Ernestine (Ethel) who married Sidney Goldman
Samuel (Solomon) Srulowitz who married Fanny Hirschkowitz
Toby & Gerzel died in infancy
I have 5 other Srulowitz families that I connect with through DNA which includes
Samuel Srulowitz b. 1892 married to a Gussie Sherman
Benjamin Srulowitz b. 1876 married to Susie Marcus
Samuel b. 1884 married to Fannie Hirsch
Feige/Fanny Srulovitz b. 1880 married to Abraham Newmaizer
Samuel Moshe Srulowitz b. 1859 married to Lena Strausman – it is with this family that through their son Isidore (Izzy) b. 1884 who married Esther Altberger, that I can connect our story to its Chicago, Ill information.
Isidore b. 24 May 1884 /1885 Hungary, immigrated in 1898 to New York where he married Esther Altberger on 20 June 1909 in Manhattan. Isidore was working as a roller in a cigar shop in 1910. By 1918 they had left New York and relocated to Chicago, Ill. according to Isidore WWI draft registration. Living at 1151 S. California Ave , Isidore was still in the Cigar business working for the San Alto Cigar Company. Isidore passed away on 18 June 1933 and is buried at the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery, Cook Co., Ill
Isidore and Esther had 6 children that I have identified. Francis b. 1912 d. 1916, Herman b. 1913 married Elaine Ida Resnick, Mildred b. 1916 married FNU Schultz, Morris/Morrey b. 1919 married Estelle Friedman, Helen b. 1922 married Edwin Anderson Jr/Bernard Londisky and Marion b. 1933.
Also of great interest in my research is
Rose Strulowitz b. 2 May 1886 Galatz, Romania , daughter of Isaac Strulowitz, Galatz, Romania. Rose was married to a Samuel Greenberg. She passed away 26 Aug. 1944 Chicago, Ill. and is buried in P.O.W. (Progressive Order of the West Jewish Federation) Proviso, Cook, Ill. Galatz, Romania is the last known place that Rebecca (Strulowitz) and husband Samuel Haimowitz were known to live before immigrating to the US. Both sons, Hyman/Herman and Pincus/Paul were born in Galatz.
I am hoping 2020 will be the year of breakthroughs for me but if not I will enjoy the journey. If you have Strulowitz roots and come across this blog posting I hope you will contact me. Lets explore these families together.