When an immigrant was processed at Ellis Island (in the late 19th-to
early 20th centuries), was that person given a document of any sort
with their name on it? Such as "Chaim Yankl Orlin is hereby..." I
part, I'm thinking of all the wonderful mythic stories about
name-changes that supposedly occurred at Ellis Island, and about the
fierceness with which their descendants defend those stories.
Best, Steve Orlen