My husband and I have been trying to find out more information about his grandfather’s family. We think his grandfather Sam Katz may have lost contact with his siblings who came to the United States but we aren’t sure why that happened.
There is a letter from Ed’s Uncle Sol that tells us that Sam Katz and his siblings were born in Buhusi, Romania to Abraham and Sarah Katz. There is also a letter to Sol from Blima, the daughter of Rachel Katz. She states that there were 10 children born to Abraham and Sarah. The names we have for the children are: Samuel (we think he was the oldest child and b. 15 Aug 1886), Mary, Rachel, Isidor, F. (we couldn’t read the name), Zalman, Moshe, Elca, Hentza and one other who must have died young.
Ed remembers Isidor Katz. He lived in New York City and married Rose.
I found a World Ward I draft registration card for a man named Isidor Katz showing that he was born on March 17, 1892 in Buhusi, Romania. His present trade is a “taylor” and he has filed his first papers towards naturalization. His current address is 1160 Hoe Avenue in New York City and he is single.
It seems very possible that this man who is about the right age and born in the town in Romania where we know Ed’s family lived, may be Sam Katz’s brother and Ed’s grand-uncle. Now we also know that he is working as a tailor and has started the process towards citizenship before 5 June 1917. We know that he is still single in 1917 and where he is living.
I also found his World War II draft registration card which provided the same birth date and place (Buhusi, Romania) and that he was now married to Rose.
This information along with some census information made us feel pretty sure this man could be Sam Katz’s brother. I used Steve Morse’s One Step Webpages to find marriage information for Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, hoping these were the correct people.
We already had the marriage certificate for Sam Katz and Sam’s second wife, Bertha Rosenberg. The marriage certificate provided the names of Sam’s parents as Abraham Katz and Sarah Siedman. Previously we had only known Abraham’s wife as Sara-Lea; now we had her maiden name!
When we received the marriage certificate for Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, it confirmed our hopes. Both Isidor and Sam Katz listed their parents as Abraham Katz and Sarah Siedman!
- Call the cemetery to get the exact burial location and request a photo. Ask the cemetery for any additional information they can provide – other family members in the lot, etc.
- Order the death certificate through Vital Check or see if we can get it through FamilySearch or from the Vital Records office in Texas.
- Send link to blog to other Isidor Katz researchers and/or family.
- Look for obituary for Isidor Katz in Dallas.
If you know anything about this family, please contact us!
“U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2014), Isidore Katz, b. March 17, 1892; citing World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, imaged from Family History Library microfilm, publication no. M1509, roll no. 1753998.
“U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidore Katz, b. 17 Mar 1892 in Buhusi, Romania; citing Selective Service Registration Cards, World War II: Fourth Registration, Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group Number 147, NAI 2555973; The National Archives at St. Louis, Missouri.
New York, State of New York Certificate and Record of Marriage, No. of certificate 4171, Isidor Katz and Rose Bernhardt, 28 October 1917; The City of New York Department of Health, New York City.
New York, State of New York Certificate and Record of Marriage, No. of certificate 9857, Sam Katz and Bertha Rosenberg, 10 April 1927; The City of New York Department of Health, New York City.
JewishGen comp., “JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR),” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; This data is provided in partnership with JewishGen.org.
Ancestry.com, “U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C..
Ancestry.com, “Texas Death Index, 1903-2000,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), entry for Isidor Katz; Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000, Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Austin, TX, USA.
Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 September 2014), Isidor Katz, 051-10-4806, issued before 1951.