JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Procedures at Ellis Island: Was the newcomer given... #general

Steve Orlen

Dear Cousins,

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
Tucson, AZ

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