Marty Hirsch and Shari Berman Landes via Shari Berman Landes

Marty Hirsch and Shari Berman Landes
via Shari Berman Landes

Some old family photos included a friend and cousin of my mother and her parents, Marty Hirsch.

As I progressed through my family research over the past couple of years, my mother identified Marty as someone who might be able to provide a lot of insight. Unfortunately, they lost touch some years ago. She was familiar with Marty’s address in Manhattan, and that helped us identify the Marty Hirsch who we thought was the “right” Marty — our Marty — among many listed in New York City.

And then I came across some bad news, taking the form of Marty’s friend’s obituary. Marty was listed as predeceased in this obituary.

Marty’s mother, Lena Neckameyer Hirsch, was the sister of my great grandmother, Anna Neckameyer Berman. Because I’m interested in learning more about all the descendants of my ancestors, I researched the Hirsch family, but I wasn’t able to get very far. The marriage certificate for Lena Neckameyer was a little difficult to read, and once again, my interpretation of handwriting eventually proved to be incorrect. Lena’s husband’s name (and the name of Marty’s father) was Morris, and on the marriage certificate, his last name was Hirschenberg. Or Hirschensomething. It wasn’t clear, and I decided to go with Hirschenberg.

Lena Neckamayer and Morris Hirschenbein marriage certificate

Lena Neckamayer and Morris Hirschenbein marriage certificate

Neither the names Hirsch nor Hirschenberg revealed much about these descendants of my second great grandfather, Wolf (William) Neckameyer. But over the last week or so, I turned my attention to this family, particularly because of their closer relation to the Bermans, and Lena’s presence in home films my mother’s cousin provided me at the same time I received the Berman recordings.

Using wildcards in searches and scrutiny of the results, I determined that the name I was looking for wasn’t Hirschenberg, it was Hirschenbein. With this realization, I was able to find more census and military records for Marty Hirsch’s parents, brothers, and sisters. I still don’t know much information about the modern Hirsches, but now I have a better starting point.

One new piece of information this led me to is Marty’s brother, Arthur, who was wounded in action during World War II. Arthur’s last name was usually spelled Herschenbein.

Arthur Hirshenbein, wounded in action

Arthur Hirshenbein, wounded in action

3 Responses to From Hirschenbein to Hirsch and back again

  1. Shari Landes says:

    Great job!

  2. aviv hirschenbein says:

    hi im looking for mor info on the family
    do you have mor info ?
    my fameily origen is from baco acirt in romenia
    Im from israel MD in Hadassah hospital

  3. chris bartlett says:

    your family name…came across variety act/music hall u.k. “the five sisters” one of which was Mona Garrick famed actress…1900…1920s…..family name hirshenbien…changed before ww1….for theatrical reasons…..had suitcase of personel affects bought at boot sale……fascinating storys if your descendents….a bit like the mother in film “gypsy”….unpaid hotel bills ,singing for troops in france ww1….sir harry lauder…..in u.s.a. 1917….any conection ?…chris

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