JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: searching for name in Ellis Island Website #general
Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
The commentary on this topic is generally true and suggestions are valid,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
but the paragraph quoted below contains a significant error. The passenger
lists *were not* created by immigration officials unfamiliar with ethnic
names. They were created by the ships crew, officers who were reasonably
well traveled and in the case of a ship like the Vaterland, people who were
familiar at least with German and perhaps also French. Many of them would
have made numerous Atlantic crossings and become familiar with the common
range of names. So American style language ignorance in writing down the
names would have been less important than implied by Don's comments.
"Don Solomon" <email@example.com> wrote in message
The Ellis Island site is notorious for names being misspelled.