Hello all, I have been helping my dad with the maternal side of my genealogy, but we both seem to have hit a wall at my great grandfather's side of the family and I am hoping some distant relatives are using this site as well and have some pieces to this puzzle that I am missing.
Thanks in advance for your help, long drawn out context below!
My grandmother's father was Harold BUCHHALTER who married Bessie BLACK. Harold had a brother, Barton, and two sisters, Malkah Ruth (FRIEDMAN) and Faye (LEWIS), all now deceased but with living descendants. Joseph BUCHHALTER and Libby GREINETZ were their parents, Joseph supposedly being the only child of Moses or Moshe BUCHHALTER and Leia Riwka GINSBERG. Leia had a brother, Mendel who moved to Denver with his wife, Frieda in 1911.
Before Harold passed, he told us that the family surname is actually MIODEK or a variation of such, first changed when Moses settled in Denver around 1890.
Moses is supposedly the first BUCHHALTER after changing his name. He was born c. 1867 and died in Tel Aviv in 1963. According to Harold, his father was Itzrok MIODEK, who married Tzipa/Cipa SHEINBLOOM/SCHONBLUM. Tzipa also made her way to Denver, but not with Itzrok unless he changed his name too. This is where our trail seems to get cold, as none of the information available on ancestry or JewishGen seems to match up with dates of significant events in their lives.
Harold told us that Moses had five siblings:
There are few results for the surname MIODEK on JewishGen, however there are significantly more results for MIODECKI/MIODECKA, and I'm wondering if this is the same surname and the gender suffix was dropped. It also appears in several cases that this surname is used interchangeably with MIODOWNIK as there are a few marriages and births under both surnames that appear to match up.
Surnames of the more recent surnames associated with that side of the family include: WILNER/VILNER; POPPICH; GINSBERG/GINSBURG/KRISEL/