Schwartz family, Ungvar

Are descendants of siblings of my maternal Grandpa Teddy Schwartz still alive? Yes! Most of his siblings remained in Ungvar, Hungary (now Uzhhorod, Ukraine) when Teddy and his brother Sam and their younger sister Mary all came to New York City before 1906. I've found a few of the siblings' descendants over time.

Grandpa Teddy Schwartz's father was Herman Schwartz (1857-1921) and his mother was Hani Simonowitz Schwartz (1858-1933). I found Hani in the 1921 Czechoslovakian census, along with a couple of her children--a nice breakthrough. 
Etel and Paula Schwartz

Children of Herman Schwartz and 
Hani Simonowitz Schwartz:
  • Rezi Schwartz (1881-1944), the eldest child. She married Moritz Winkler. Both died in the Holocaust, sad to say. But some descendants of the Winkler family did survive and we're exchanging family history info!
  • Samuel (originally Simon) Schwartz (1883-1954), oldest son, my grandpa's older brother and my great-uncle, born on the 4th of July. He married Anna Gelbman in Bridgeport, CT and was employed as a printer and then owned a grocery store in Queens, NY. Sam, I was surprised to learn, returned to Ungvar in 1929 for the wedding of his niece Leni Winkler to Eugene Preisz. There are descendants alive today!
  • Theodore (originally Tivador) Schwartz (1887-1965), my grandpa, who came to America first. He married Hermina Farkas in Manhattan and was a runner for the steamship lines, then became a grocery store owner in the Bronx. In the 1950 US Census, he's still operating his grocery store, working umpteen hours a week on his feet. He sold in 1955 and retired.
  • Mary (Marushka) Schwartz (1891-1959), my great-aunt. Her passage to New York was arranged by her two older brothers and she later married furrier Edward Wirtschafter. Not in the 1950 US Census because she and her husband were living in Canada for a few years.
  • Etel Schwartz (1892-1944?), my great-aunt who I know only from the photo at right and from her listing in the 1921 Czechoslovakian census. She married Ferencz Stark and had a daughter, Mici, born in 1920. Etel remained in Hungary when her three siblings left for America, and she was a Holocaust victim, sorry to say. Her niece submitted Yad Vashem testimony.
  • Paula Schwartz (1898-1944), another great-aunt, the other stylish lady in the sisters photo. She married and had a daughter, Ibolya (Viola); Paula remained in Hungary and was, tragically, killed in the Holocaust. Viola survived and settled in Israel, where my sister visited her a few years ago--a happy reunion.
  • Miksa Schwartz (1901-1902), a boy who died before he turned 2 years old, according to records I ordered from 
  • Lenka Schwartz (1906-?), another of my great aunts, married Ignatz. I know little about her other than she was born in August of 1906, according to the 1921 Czech Census, and unfortunately, she likely perished in the Holocaust.
Here are my posts about the Schwartz family:
  • How I know Ibolyka survived the Holocaust (and her mother Paula did not).
  • My mother tells me what my Grandpa Teddy said about coming to America (not an easy crossing, apparently). Other info she told me, maybe not entirely complete or accurate.
  • Simon Schwartz changes his name to Sam Schwartz once he arrives in America (I found his ship records.)
  • Chasing the wrong Violet Schwartz Weinberger. (My adventures trying to track down Violet/Viola led me to the wrong family at first.)
  • The mystery of Margaret Schwartz and her son Michael (Sam Schwartz's second wife and stepson in Queens, NY). Turns out, the 1950 US Census shows Margaret and Sam in Queens with a son named Simon, age 28, born in New York, occupation printer/advertising. No, he's NOT Sam's son!
  • Trying to puzzle out the Hungarian writing on the back of a photo to Teddy from Ungvar.
  • Being found by Mary Schwartz's granddaughter and seeing what Mary and her husband Edward looked like later in life (a handsome couple indeed).
  • Receiving help with translation of Ibolyka's inscription on her photo postcard to my Grandpa (thank you!).
  • Learning more about the Kossuth Ferenc Society, which my Grandpa was active in for two decades (also members were my grandma Minnie Farkas and my great-aunt Mary Schwartz, listed in the documents as Marie). Even more about the Kossuth Society here.
  • Puzzling over a mystery photo sent to Grandpa from Hungary (no luck figuring out who's in it).
  • Tracing the life of Sam Schwartz (who knew he lived in Bridgeport for years?).
  • The ships that brought Theodore, Sam, and Mary to America (not very luxurious in steerage class, to say the least).
  • Grandpa Teddy's Dairy in the Bronx (photos and all, robbery too). 
  • Grandpa Teddy writes his son during WWII.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day and memories of how Teddy came to America.
  • Who Grandpa Teddy Schwartz left behind in Ungvar when he came to America, and a Genealogy Travelogue of Ungvar. 
  • Identifying the photo of my great-grandpa, Herman Schwartz, from Ungvar, Hungary.
  • Teddy's daughter Dorothy serves in WWII. In the 1950 US Census, she was chosen to answer supplemental questions but, not being male, was never asked about her military experience--despite her service!
  • Photos of Mary Schwartz's husband and children. Mary and husband Edward Wirtschafter visit Coney Island.
  • Photos of Hani and Herman Schwartz, my great-grandparents.
  • On Yom HaShoah, remembering my family's Schwartz and Simonowitz relatives who perished in the Holocaust. And my 2018 remembrance is here.
  • The Christmas Eve wedding of Mary Schwartz and Edward Wirtschafter. 
  • Using DNA to get insight into a family story about tribes conquering Hungary where my Schwartz ancestors were from.
  • Etel & Paula Schwartz in my thoughts on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017.
  • Sam Schwartz & his bride Anna Gelbman walked past the Barnum circus animals in  Bridgeport, CT. Finding Anna's death cert and learning her maiden name helped me with the Schwartz research as well.
  • Picturing my maternal line, including Grandpa Teddy Schwartz and Grandma Minnie Farkas Schwartz.
  • My aunt Dorothy Schwartz was a WAC in WWII and her letter written home was included in a compilation of servicewomen's letters in 1945. I've memorialized her on multiple sites devoted to women in the military. Dorothy's life partner was Lee Wallace, who ran the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade during the late 1940s-1950s. 
  • Remembering Mom (Daisy Schwartz Burk) and her twin, Dorothy Schwartz).
  • My Farkas and Schwartz families were part of the founding and leadership of the Kossuth Ferencz Hungarian Literary Sick & Benevolent Society in New York City.
  • Grandpa Teddy Schwartz was a runner/clerk/agent for steamship lines before buying his own grocery store.
  • Clicking, not cranking, through digital microfilmed records in search of Great-grandpa Herman Schwartz in the 1848 Hungarian Census of Jews.
  • Finding a digital version of my aunt Dorothy Schwartz's history of her WAC unit, via WorldCat in the HathiTrust Digital Library. I linked to it on multiple genealogy websites.
  • Remembering Etel and Paula Schwartz, who died in the Holocaust.
  • Grandpa Teddy Schwartz sold hennery brown eggs for 73 cents a dozen in 1934.
  • Great uncle Sam Schwartz married Anna Gelbman in a "very pretty home wedding" in 1909. And Sam's sister Mary was maid of honor!
  • Grandpa Teddy Schwartz's Ellis Island documents say he was going to see his cousin Essti S----- (possibly Simonowitz, his mom's maiden name). Searching for this cousin! Searching for Teddy in 1905 NY Census. 
  • My Mom and Aunt, twin daughters of Teddy Schwartz and Minnie Farkas Schwartz, started kindergarten in the fall of 1925--I figured it out thanks to the NY State Census of that year.
  • Three Schwartz siblings left Ungvar, Hungary, for America in the early 1900s, but stayed in touch with their siblings back home for decades. Teddy's documents show Ungvar as his hometown...many documents, not just 1 or 2.
  • Mary Schwartz's husband was furrier Edward Wirtschafter. When Edward didn't get paid for a deal, he took the other party to court, and this is what happened.
  • Looking at Schwartz photos enhanced by new tools at MyHeritage.
  • Finding the names of my great-grandparents Herman and Hani Schwartz in the 1921 Czechoslovakian census, taken in November 1920 and March 1921. Then learning more about Hani and her daughters, son-in-law, and grandchild in the same census.
  • How tagging my old Schwartz family photos as "Ungvar" can help them be cousin bait when others search for images of Ungvar.
  • My Mom, Daisy Schwartz, danced the night away at a Revlon event in New York City on May 17, 1941 (and I have the photo to prove it).
  • Enhancing photos for my family history booklet about Dorothy Schwartz and her twin sister, Daisy Schwartz Burk (my mom!).
  • I'm now the manager of great aunt Anna Gelbman Schwartz's Find a Grave memorial (and asking to manage other ancestral memorials too).
  • Memorializing my aunt Dorothy H. Schwartz, a WAC in World War II, on Fold3. For more on WAC/WAAC history, see this study
  • Also remembering Sgt Schwartz on Memorial Day 2022, along with my uncle Frederick Schwartz--both served in the US military during WWII. 
  • Paying for document scans from Ungvar helped me learn names of Schwartz 2d great-grandparents. And helped me learn about my 1c1r Albert Bela Winkler!
  • Repairing and colorizing Schwartz photos.
  • Samuel Schwartz returned to Ungvar 25 years after coming to America. How do I know? His name and signature on a Winkler-Preisz wedding document!
  • My Mom saved her autograph book from junior high school graduation in the Bronx, NY. 
  • Retelling family history as ancestors lived it...example: My WAC aunt, Dorothy Schwartz. Also finding WAC buttons in button museum in CT.
  • Teddy Schwartz and his wife, Minnie Farkas Schwartz, had flowing handwriting when they signed their names, reflecting their immigrant experiences in New York City.
  • Teddy and his brother Sam and sister Mary were members of the Kossuth Ferencz Association, immigrants helping immigrants.
  • Remembering my Mom and her twin sister on their December birthday.
  • Finally discovering the surname of my great uncle Sam Schwartz's second wife, Margaret Lazar

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