Re: Learning Original Surname #ukraine
Names were never never never changed at Ellis Island. Manifest forms weretoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
filled out on board ship, and only checked off by the Ellis Island
personnel. Name changes usually took place as part of the naturalization
process, some 7+ years after immigration.
Find your immigrant ancestor's naturalization papers; they will tell you
the name under which s/he immigrated -- and the ship so that you can find
the immigration manifest.
Naturalization papers will be filed in the archives of the appropriate
court. Where did your immigrant ancestor reside? US Archives for that area
will have the naturalization papers.
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I've just started to research my mother's family who came form (we think)