2Family Tree of Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes Current Family MembersDaughterYehudisFaybiszNachmanOzerHayimZe’ev Wolf
3Family Tree of Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes Current Family MembersMissing Family NamesDaughterYehudisFaybiszNachmanOzerHayimZe’ev Wolf
4Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes 19001875185018251800The tree starts with Rabbi Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes ~He Lived in Medzibozh, Ukraine.Before Medzibozh he was the Rabbi of Tulczyn, Ukraine177517501725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
5At the 2005 reunion, we only knew of 4. Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes1900187518501825Rabbi Kitzes had six children that we now know of.1800At the 2005 reunion, we only knew of 4.17751750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesOzer KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
6Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes 19001875The first family branch that contacted me who could trace their roots all the way back to Ze’ev Wolf contacted me from New Zealand.Genya Kitzes Shor1850Abraham Y. H. Kitzes1825Chaim Nachman Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer Kitzes1775Israel Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesOzer KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
7At the 2005 reunion, we did not know how they were connected. Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes1900Noah KitzisIsaac KitzisIsidore KitzisMax KetzisEliezer KitzesWolf Oizer KitzesDina KitzesSara KitzesMoishe Yosef KitzesRivke KitzesMeshullam Zise KitzesKishinev1875Their branch came through Kishinev.Genya Kitzes ShorAs did several other current branches1850Shabse KitzesNachman KitzesGersh Wolf KitzesWolf Ozer KitzesAbraham Y. H. Kitzes1825These branches are probably all descended from a single family that came to Kishinev in the late 1700’sChaim Nachman Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer KitzesAt the 2005 reunion, we did not know how they were connected.1775Israel Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesOzer KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
8Now we know how most of the Kishinev branches are linked Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes1900Isaac KitzisIsidore KitzisMax KetzisEliezer KitzesWolf Oizer KitzesDina KitzesSara KitzesMoishe Yosef KitzesRivke KitzesKishinev1875Noah KitzisGenya Kitzes Shor1850Now we know how most of the Kishinev branches are linkedGersh Wolf KitzesMeshullam Zise KitzesAbraham Y. H. Kitzes1825Nachman KitzesBoruch KitzesChaim Nachman KitzesShabse Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer KitzesWolf Ozer Kitzes1775Shulem KitzesIsrael Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesOzer KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
9Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes A family from Israel can also trace all the way back.They changed their name from Kitzes to Hochman in the early 1800’s.They originally settled in Bender, about 40 miles ESE of Kishinev.1900Isaac KitzisIsidore KitzisMax KetzisLevi HochmanMoshe HochmanMeir HochmanShmuel HochmanShabtay HochmanRachel HochmanHenuil HochmanEliezer KitzesWolf Oizer KitzesDina KitzesSara KitzesMoishe Yosef KitzesRivke KitzesKishinev1875Noah KitzisGenya Kitzes ShorYekusiel HochmanYeshouah Hochman1850Gersh Wolf KitzesMeshullam Zise KitzesAbraham Y. H. KitzesBenderAharon Hochman1825Nachman KitzesBoruch KitzesChaim Nachman KitzesBoruch KitzesShabse Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer KitzesEli KitzesWolf Ozer Kitzes1775Yekusiel KitzesShulem KitzesIsrael Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesOzer KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
10Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes Joseph KitzesLouis KitzesIsrael KitzesJacob KitzesBassia KitzesIsidore Kitzes1900There are several families from Proskurov(now called Khmelnytskyy),about 20 miles from Medzibozh.Avram KitzesYeshia KitzesSam KitzesEster KitzesIsaac KitzisIsidore KitzisMax KetzisYekusiel KitzesEli KitzesBoruch KitzesYekusiel HochmanYeshouah HochmanAharon HochmanLevi HochmanMoshe HochmanMeir HochmanShmuel HochmanShabtay HochmanRachel HochmanHenuil HochmanOzer KitzesEliezer KitzesWolf Oizer KitzesDina KitzesSara KitzesMoishe Yosef KitzesRivke KitzesSam KitsisNathan KitsisKishinev1875Noah KitzisJules KitsisHirsch KitzesSam “Schlym” KitzesGenya Kitzes Shor1850Gersh Wolf KitzesMeshullam Zise KitzesAbraham Y. H. KitzesBenderChaim Kitzes1825ProskurovNachman KitzesBoruch KitzesChaim Nachman KitzesShabse Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer KitzesWolf Ozer Kitzes1775Shulem KitzesIsrael Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
11Family Tree of Zeev Wolf Kitzes Berrel KitzisMotes KitzisFiwis KitzisSrulick KitzisJoseph KitzisMalka KitzisDvora KitzisHannah KitzisShendl KitzisShivra KitzisAnna KitzisBessie KitzesSamuel KitzesAnna KitzesMollie KitzesSylvia KitzesIrving KitzesLouis KitzesRose KitzesMorris KitzesYetta KitzesBaruch KitzesRachel KitzesSarah KitzesNathan KitzesWilliam KitzesAdolf GuifanRebecca GuifanSimon GuifanOlga GuifanVladimir GuifanJoseph KitzesLouis KitzesIsrael KitzesJacob KitzesBassia KitzesIsidore Kitzes1900Yankel KicisYosef KicisYitzhak KicisShprinza KicisAvram KitzesYeshia KitzesSam KitzesEster KitzesIsaac KitzisIsidore KitzisMax KetzisYekusiel KitzesEli KitzesBoruch KitzesYekusiel HochmanYeshouah HochmanAharon HochmanLevi HochmanMoshe HochmanMeir HochmanShmuel HochmanShabtay HochmanRachel HochmanHenuil HochmanOzer KitzesEliezer KitzesWolf Oizer KitzesDina KitzesSara KitzesMoishe Yosef KitzesRivke KitzesSam KitsisNathan KitsisDavid KitzesKishinev1875Noah KitzisDavid KitzesSholom KitzisMoishe KicisIda GuifanEphraim KitzesJules KitsisHirsch KitzesSam “Schlym” KitzesGenya Kitzes Shor1850ShurinOther RegionsGersh Wolf KitzesMeshullam Zise KitzesAbraham Y. H. KitzesBenderChaim Kitzes1825ProskurovNachman KitzesBoruch KitzesChaim Nachman Kitzes? KitzesShabse Kitzes1800Wolf Ozer KitzesWolf Ozer KitzesAs well as several branches from Shurin, and other towns in the region? Kitzes1775Shulem KitzesIsrael Kitzes1750Hayim Israel KitzesHayim Israel KitzesDaughter KitzesFaybisz KitzesNachman KitzesYehudis KitzesYehudis Kitzes1725Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes1700
13How many of us are there?I am currently tracking 28 family branches of various sizes.There are almost 4,300 individuals in the combined trees. (2200 in 2005)We have documented about 150 individuals lost in the Holocaust.My estimate is 15,000-25,000 related family members around the world.
14How does the Tree Grow? Family Member Information Online Sources Census RecordsSocial Security Death IndexEllis Island Immigration RecordsOther Immigration RecordsYad VashemJewishGen.orgOffline SourcesMicrofilmsNewspapersBirth/death/Marriage CertificatesSocial Security Application Records
15Digging and Digging Different sources produce bits and pieces I try to put the pieces together – Just like doing a jig-saw puzzle. I have the puzzle border, next I need to fill in the middle.Like the jig-saw puzzle, the trick is to connect the unknown to the known.
17Putting the pieces together Ze’ev Wolf Kitzes?Meshullam ZiseKitcesBannaLeiderWolf OzerKitzisAnniaMarkofskyEliezerKecesIdaUmenskyDina LeahKitzesYankleKiskaman1857 -SaraKitces1860 -Moishe YosefKecesEthel RachelCharestWhat we knew in 2005
18The First Piece Six Generations from the “New Zealand” branch Ze'ev Wolf KitzesNachman Kitzis1725 -Israel Kitzis1751 -Wolf Ozer Kitzis1776 -1801 -Abraham Yeshuah Heshel Kitzis1826 -One of 12 children – 6 boys, 6 girls.
19Data from the Moldovan Archives in Kishinev The Second PieceData from the Moldovan Archives in Kishinev
20Putting Pieces together The big tree from the archives agrees very closely with the data from the “known” tree.The Volf with all the children in the Archives is Wolf Ozer, son of Israel, direct descendent of Ze’ev Wolf.
21Moldovan Archives in Kishinev Fund 75, inventory 1, folder 1377 sheet 154 v.-155year The lists of the merchants from Kishinau:Kitces Boruh Volf (38 years) = Marva Ruhlea (34 years),Their children are:Zis (20 years) = Sovblia (20 years)Haim (9 years)Froim-Ber (2 years)Leia (17 years)Cerna (11 years)Perla (7 years)Boruh Volf is one of the sons of Volf Ozer from the Archives slide.Could this Zis and Soyblia be our Meshullam Zise and Banna?
22Do the Pieces Fit? The age is right. The location is right. Is that enough?
23The Next PiecePassport Application of my grandfather, Moishe Keces, from the Canadian ArchivesApparently Moishe planned to return to Russia to get his family. However, they came over on their own.
24Parents are “Shulin” and “Sojbija” The Clincher!Parents are “Shulin” and “Sojbija”
27Canadian Border Crossing Record for Saul Keses, June 1931 Looking at new dataCanadian Border Crossing Record for Saul Keses, June 1931Born in AlexandreniEmigrated on the “Corsican” 1920Father MorrisLived on Drolet StreetPreviously visited Philadelphia (~1921). Brother Ben was there before 1920.Going to see cousin Morris Foigelman in Buffalo.
28Who is Morris Foigelman? Moishe KitzesEthel CharestSamuel FoigelmanRose KecesSaul KesesBut there is more …
29Morris is married to Toba Kiskaman The RelationshipMorris FoigelmanToba KiskimanMoishe KitzesEthel CharestSamuel FoigelmanRose KecesSaul KesesMorris is married to Toba Kiskaman
30Toba has a brother Yankle The RelationshipParents ofToba and YankleKiskimanMorris FoigelmanToba KiskimanYankle KiskamanMoishe KitzesEthel CharestSamuel FoigelmanRose KecesSaul KesesToba has a brother Yankle
31Yankle is Married to Dina Kitzes The RelationshipParents ofToba and YankleKiskimanMorris FoigelmanToba KiskimanYankle KiskamanDina Leah KitzesMoishe KitzesEthel CharestSamuel FoigelmanRose KecesSaul KesesYankle is Married to Dina Kitzes
32Dina is the sister of Moishe The RelationshipDina is the sister of Moishe
33Yankle’s nephew Sam married Dina’s niece Rose The RelationshipYankle’s nephew Sam married Dina’s niece RoseAll very nice, but…
34Something doesn’t fit! Saul and Morris are not cousins. Sam and Rose don’t marry until Feb 1932.This record is from Spring 1931Why is Saul there in 1931?Is there another relationship we don’t know about?
35Where to look?I tried all the US available resources without much luckImmigration records have additional informationParents namesRelatives left behindWho paid for the ticketWho they are going to see.Maybe a search for everyone who came from Alexandreni, will turn up something.
36Search Ellis Island Records Everyone from Alexandreni, Roumania between 1918 and 1924.60 names listedFurtsanou, Maria21 Jun Vechter, Idel28 Jan Furceanu, Joan33 Vechter, Aron8 56 Vechter, Riwca32 Kremhrman, Golde25 Nov Vechter, Pinkus20 Shifra, VitaVechter, Mojse10 Kremhrman, NachimCouchnir, Strul19 Jan Steingaus, EliaNov Laptinzon, EliaFeb Schinder, SuraDec Contar, CodaliaFeb Gontar, Basca27 Dec Sherman, ShulimChischiman, Dina60 Contar, Itzik14 Mar Coin, DavidContar, RuchelGontar, Golda0 Zeltzer, JaikelMay Gonter, Aron26 Vais, Ignatie22 May Chischiman, Janchel63 Glassman, Esther24 Jun SAMSOVICI, AronDec Glassman, JacobBatchman, Itzic18 Jan Weisman, AbramLande, SimhaFoigelman, SmulJul Batchman, BercoRoitzaid, MoiseAug Dlugaci, Eidel31 Jan Roitzaid, FreidaBrener, Ghiada37 Foighelman, Moise55 Sep Brener, ItaFoighelman, Tuba50 Zaghim, Ruhla23 Foighelman, Ester16 Brener, Mates13 Mosescu, AnnaSep Gontar, Hana34 Majorowicz, ViktorJan Greiziman, HerschMajorowicz, LeiaDlugaci, Cheila65 Weiss, JuliaJan Brener, RuhlaGeng, AnastasiaJul Oniveski, Hana46 Jan Morgenstern, MauriceAug Bernstein, Berco17 Morgenstern, Dora35 Oniveski, HaiaOniveski, Dora
38Some Very Unexpected Results!! Chischiman, Janchel63 Dec Chischiman, Dina60 Gontar, Basca27 Gontar, Golda0 Coin, David21 Gonter, Aron26 I thought they stayed in Russia!!
39Putting the pieces together What we knew in 2005YankleDinaKiskamanKitcesaka: Jack1855 -SoichelMoisheBashaSolomonRussa(?)ItaKiskamanTraigerKiskamanKiskamanKiskamanSilvermanKiskamanEveryone still in Russia, except some descendents of Moishe Traiger
41Ellis Island Extract Who is Z. Silverman? Janchel and Dina Chischiman, from Alexandreni, Roumania, going to Philadelphia“Old Country” relative, brother Aron ChischimanJanchel born in Alexandreni, RomaniaDina born in Croler, RomaniaGoing to 1304 W. Columbia Ave., Philadelphia to see son, “Z. Silverman”Who is Z. Silverman?Why is their son “Silverman” when their name is “Chischiman”?
42Even more strangeness! Who are these people On the lines above Janchel and Dina?Why are they going to see Z. Silverman?
43More Family! A brother-in-law of Z. Silverman And a brother And a cousin.
44Who are these people? Sister Basca Gontar Her husband Aron Gontar Cousin David Coin
45Maybe it fits? Basca Gontar? Z. Silverman? YankleKiskamanaka: JackDinaKitces1855 -SoichelMoisheTraigerBashaSolomonRussa(?)SilvermanItaSoloman/Zalmanwith a name change ?Basca Gontar?Z. Silverman?Z. Silverman was already in Philadelphia.When did he arrive?
46Heeere’s Zigmund… But there’s more … Arriving at Ellis Island, Aug 25, 1920Zigmund Silverman going to 1306(?) Columbia Ave.Wife NechaSons Smul and SulissBut there’s more …
47He’s been here before. When did he arrive the first time? He is already a citizen. Naturalized 11/29/1918 in Philadelphia.He went back to get his family.When did he arrive the first time?
48Zalman in 1913 When did Rose arrive? Salmon Kishkamann arriving Philadelphia, 4/1/1913 to see his cousin Yossel Brill.Leaves behind his wife Nechama Kishkamann.Just above is Ichiel Lerner and his wife Soibel, going to see her sister Rose KishkimanWhen did Rose arrive?
49Rose in 1912Rosie Kischkemann arriving 8/13/1912 in Philadelphia to see cousin Yossel BrillNearest relative, father Yanchel Kischkemann
50It almost fits Can we prove Zigmund is Solomon? Soibel YankleKiskamanaka: JackDinaKitces1855 -SoichelMoisheTraigerBashaSolomonRussa(?)SilvermanItaSoibelRosie KischkemannBasca GontarZ. SilvermanNotIchiel LernerCan we prove Zigmund is Solomon?And what about Moishe Traiger?
51Zigmund Silverman’s Passport Application Father Jacob Silverman (Yankle Kiskaman with a name change).Naturalized 11/29/1918 in Philadelphia (matches 1920 immigration).Immigrated 4/1/1913 (Matches immigration record for Solomon Kiskaman).Applied for in Feb 1920 to bring his family to the USA.
52The last problem … Who is Moishe Traiger and where does he fit in? YankleKiskamanaka: JackDinaKitces1855 -SoichelMoisheTraigerBashaSolomonRussa(?)SilvermanIta2005 treeYankle (Jack)KishkamanDinaKitces1855 -SoichelKiskamanBashaSolomonRussa(?)Silverman1999 treeSomewhere between 1999 and 2005, Soichel got a husband and Ita was added.My original sources show that Moishe Traiger was married to Sara Kiskaman.I assumed that Sara was Soichel. But, she is actually another sister!So, now we have …
53The Kiskaman BranchYankleKiskamanDina LeahKitzesItaZigmundSilvermanNellie[Silverman]MorrisJosephowitzSaraMoishe G.TraigerSoibelSolomonLernerRoseKischkemannMaxLevinBessieKiskimanAronGontarWe have also found more information on Sara, and the marriage of Rosie.I am in contact with some family members on this branch,and am collecting details on their descendents.
55A New AdditionGoldie Gontar, age 4 days, staying with mother in the hospital.
56Known to the Unknown Kishinev Archive Data Passport Application Newly found Volf Kitzes links to Known Volf Ozer KitzesWhich leads to newly found Zis son of Boruh and wife SoyblyaPassport ApplicationKnown Moishe son of Meshullam and Soybila links to newly found ZisResults areA link from current families back to Rabbi Ze’ev Wolf.
57Known to the Unknown Ellis Island Records Newly found Chischiman family could link to known Kismaman’sWhich leads to finding Z. Silverman.Philadelphia Immigration RecordsLinks unknown spouses to known family members.Passport ApplicationLinks Zigmund Silverman to Solomon Kiskaman which establishes the validity of all the earlier searches.Results areA newly found family branch.
58I discovered some important family information because of this record. Still UnknownI discovered some important family information because of this record.I still have not found out why Saul went to Buffalo in 1931, and if there is another Kiskaman relationship.
59What’s Next? More records coming on line More family members finding my websiteContinued research by me and others
60The Family Genealogy Website Information on Kitzes/Kitzis/Kitsis/etc. familiesAlso has information on my other family branchesPearson – My mother’s familyWestheimer – Judy’s father’s familyGreenwald – Judy’s mother’s familyAbout 4300 Kitzes descendents.Over 10,000 relatives from all of my family branches