|About The Hale/Crystal Tree
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Dear Ones, welcome to our family website. Most of the information was gathered from memories and the Menzel Family History (1986), the Hale family history(1960-1961), and the John Hale Story. Copies are available from me. I welcome your help in updating the information with current information on your branch,also photos and writing, biographies, memories and any additional treasures.Nov 2003: Our most recent celebration was the party and cousinfest celebration for Hope Hale Davis' 100th birthday party on Nov.3,2003, a great party.See below! May: About the Macfarland Clan, we have recently found online a tremendous amount of information and history going back to the 9th century. Many thanks to those MacFarlanes who dedicated their lives to research and sharing. We come from the Kenneth MacAlpine Clan going back to Kenneth MacAlpine, and our clan was founded by a younger grandson of the earl of Lennox, Pharlan. Our tribe is many.Our roots are in the beautiful lake area of Scotland, Loch Lomond and Loch Sloy. October, we mourn the passing of a great lady, Hope Hale Davis, strong to the end at 100, almost 101.Her memorial will be held in December. July 2005,a time of great progress and rediscovery of our roots in Paris and Russia, going back all the way to Sholom Navyedel-Naftali, born approx 1730 in northern Lithuania. To the Crystal/Rabinowitz branch, we rejoice that our family is experiencing a time of healing and regathering.There is little information from before our grandparents' immigrations. I welcome help with this project, to learn more, to understand their journeys,to remember,to honor those passed,to find the missing branches of our tree. We know that the Crystal family came from the areas of Lodz and Warsaw Poland, and the Rabinowitz family came from a small village in Lithuania (Russia), probably near Kaunas.New: Rabinowitz family found in 1874 in Pazelviai(Zelva), Lithuania, and our oldest known member is Abram Rabinovich, my great-great-great grandfather. Our Grandmother Jennie Rabinowitz Crystal immigrated approx 1891,before Ellis Island was opened. Joseph Crystal came in through Canada approx 1907,taking the railroad to Boston. His brother George made the journey first and then brought his wife and children in 1906. It is clear from new research that some survived the Holocaust and WW2. Joseph Crystal had a brother and possibly a sister in France. We have located some probable relatives and survivors! More adventures will come, and we welcome reunion.Contact me for amazing and wonderful updates and great new leads.There are still many mysteries to be solved, but we are gathering more pieces of the puzzle.Food for thought:some alternate spellings of our name: Krysztal, Kristel,Krystal,Kristall.Our tribe is not few, there were Crystals in Poland, Lithuania, the Ukraine, travelers to S.Africa, England,Montreal, Quebec,Paris, Antwerp, Kobe, Japan, the Southwest,S.America, Chicago, Boston...We thought we were nearly alone but not so.Stories of courage, stories of heartbreak, stories of love... To all, I welcome your help and appreciate your being. Keep in touch and pass on the information to those not online.Help me update our address list. Leave me a message in the guestbook, update your information, contribute a memory, poem, song or image. The photos and other artwork will be added as I have the opportunity. I also have 4 quilts to share which relate to family history. For more fascinating reading, family stories, recipes, and so forth: The John Hale Pioneer Story, The MacFarland Family by Winifred Williams,The Menzel Family, the Hale and Hearty Cookbook by Fran Hale, and Finding Our Village, a family history. June: We congratulate Roy Melech Macfarland Crystal on his recent barmitzvah and all of us enjoyed the parties and visits. We also welcome back our cousins, happily now reconnected to our branches of the extended Crystal family.The research is progressing and we hope to have a summary of the new info written soon. Special events : one the 50th anniversary of Harold and Leona Crystal in July, a wonderful celebration of a beautiful love story. The other:at an undetermined future date, we hope to celebrate and remember the Crystals and Rabinowitzes who immigrated to the US and the distant cousins, victims of the Holocaust,. New cousins found, welcome back! For further information and the latest news on our progress reclaiming our history, contact me.Newest:9/05, welcome back Curtis Crystal, Dr.Ron Crystal, Barrett Rabinow, Bert Spilker, Laura Rosenthal, and Robert Crystal!some of you have recieved packets of photos and papers reflecting our research.Happy Jewish New Year. In response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, I have started a new group called ART AGAINST THE STORM. updates 10/10 I have worked on finding my missing crystal cousins of warsaw and paris.Tthere is a lot of new research with names and even photos but no confirmed connections.I am now on facebook with a group called " the crystal tribe". all interested are invited to join.There are many Krystal/Krysztal gravestones in the warsaw jewish cemetery. Sadly, our Hope Hale Davis is no longer with us.We have also lost my father Daniel Crystal and my uncle Harold Crystal. We welcome a whole new generation on the Hale side. I have found a few mistakes also in my data and hope to update and correct this site. July 2011, we have added a few new little baby people and celebrated more connections with the lost members of our tribe, all over the world. Now we have a page on facebook to share connections and research for the living, THE CRYSTAL TRIBE, and a page to honor the dead and survivors of the Holocaust and persecutions, THE CRYSTAL MEMORIAL PAGE. I am working on my arts degrees with the University of Orange and recently enjoyed seeing many old friends and family at Maggie's Book Party in NJ. constructed with love, Sara Crystal bat Daniel ben Josef ben Chaim Krystal. Enjoy,Remember, Love. Sally Sara Marian Crystal, daughter of Frances and Daniel Crystal news in 2012. We mourn the loss of Maggie Thompson our second mother. The Mother's Day Bonanza, tons and tons of new information from Hale and Crystal researchers. Welcome Cousins and Friends. Watch this site for updates and addition of several new generations and information, coming soon. If you cant wait, check my facebook page for The Crystal Tribe and Fran's Family and Friends. love in May 2012, Sara