Re: Greenawald family Pennsylvania

Renee Steinig

Records on Ancestry show that Eva Helen GREENAWALD was born in
Schuykill Haven, PA, on 28 May 1911. She was the fourth child of Lewis
Nathan GREENAWALD, age 25, and Nora MOYER, 22, both born in

In November 1911, Eva was baptized at St. John's United Church of
Christ in Schuylkill Haven and at least two of her siblings were also
baptized there. Lewis and Nora are buried in a church cemetery, as are
Lewis's parents, Wilson and Eva Lovina Epler GREENAWALD and many other
relatives. (See

So if there was Jewish ancestry in the family, conversion occurred
long before your great-grandmother was born. But I think even a
conversion generations earlier is unlikely. Indeed, GREENWALD (and
variations) can be a Jewish name, but, like many names derived from
German, it was also found among non-Jews. has
numerous 19th century German church records for people named GRUNWALD

A tree on Ancestry
( traces your
GREENAWALD family back many generations, to a Jacob GRUNEWALD (umlaut
on the U) who immigrated from Alsace in the 18th century. It's worth a
look; just keep in mind that trees found online sometimes contain


Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY

Hayley Rae McCord <aroseofmay@...> wrote:

<<I'm new here and I would appreciate any help whatsoever in my
research on my great grandmas family. Her name is Eva Greenawald,
daughter of Nathan Greenawald and Nora Moyer. She was born in 1911
around Hamburg, Pennsylvania. Rumor was she was Jewish and left her
family to convert to Christianity. She never talked about her family
and apparently even changed the spelling of her maiden name on her
children's birth certificates to Greenawalt. Does anyone have any
information on the Greenawalds (often spelled Grünewald or Greenwald)?
Is this a Jewish family line? Everything I have found indicates that
it is. See attached photos of Eva and some Greenawalds in

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