Re: Correcting surname spellings in cemetery online databases #general

Nick <tulse04-news@...>

"Rochelle Gershenow" <rpgersh@...> wrote

Sometimes the cemetery records are correct and the name on the stone is
misspelled. I just came across this situation. I believe the stone was
erected by a grandson (whose last name was different than his grandmother's)
many years after his grandmother's death and after the death of his parents.
I seem to recall that we realised we made a mistake on the fact of whether
or not my grandmother's father was a Cohen on her tombstone when visited
her grave not so long ago.

People make mistakes and not for nothing is the expression "carved in stone"
used for something that is not easily changeable - not that it is correct.

One organisation that I used to work for, before its abolition recorded on
the exterior of its building carved or indented in the stone in large
characters, the history of the organisation and its predecessors in the
knowledge that it would be very difficult for a future owner to reinstate
the stonework to its original state.

Nick Landau
London, UK

COHNREICH (Anklam, Germany Krajenka, Poland) ATLAS (Wielkie Oczy (near
Lvov/Lemberg), Poland) WEITZMAN (Cracow), WECHSLER(Schwabach, Germany)
KOHN/WEISSKOPF (Wallerstein and Kleinerdlingen,Germany) LANDAU (only adopted
on leaving Belarus or later)/FREDKIN (?) (Gomel, Mogilev, Chernigov, Belarus)

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