JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Why the Name Change? #general

Leslie Weinberg <lbw@...>

You can't always trust what is written. On the Ellis Island database,
in trying to read the handwritten names, there are often huge mistakes.
My grandmother Adele, is listed as Schel , and her brother Jene as Fenc.
If you look at the original manifest, you can see the actual names,
since you know what they are, but you can understand how someone
unfamiliar with the names or the handwriting would see it otherwise.
In addition, my grandmother's accent was so heavy, that when my mother
was born here in the U.S. and gave the hospital the name Elise verbally,
it was written down as Elsie. She always called herself Alice!

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