I recently received naturalization papers for Max FISHKIN which indicates
that he entered the country as Max CHARCHIRIN in 1906.Passenger lists to
NY and outgoing lists >from the UK confirm the general last name as CHARCHIRIN.
My question is if that is all one had to do to change his or her
surname by indicating so on the naturalization papers? Could a person
just say on his or her Declaration of Intention what the new surname
was? Or, was there a more formal process like there is today?
Thanks for insights,