Diane Jacobs <thegenie@...>
First of all, consider yourself lucky because you knew the town and
age of the person and were able to find the right person. There are
a lot of people out there not so lucky.
Secondly, there are many errors when people transcribe >from microfilm
to an online database like EIDB. There are handwriting problems,
unfamiliarity with the ethnic group by the transcriber and just plain
errors. For instance, C, S and L are often confused and many common
Jewish names have different first letters ie. Shapiro, Sapiro, Zapiro
Czapira. I could go on and on.
Did you know that on a large ship's passenger manifest, the handwriting
changes every few pages as they grouped people by ethnicity so that a crew
member who was versed in a certain language could get the information
correctly on the manifests, which were done in Europe.
Thirdly, Steve Morse has provided a most excellent means to search the
database that no one else came up with. He has helped untold numbers of
People find passenger manifests including myself. Just because you think
you know how a person spelled there name has no bearing on how the person's
Name was spelt on the manifest page. Steve and his crew were not there to
go through every entry to the EIDB and find errors. What he did was a
create a way for people to find the unfindable.