Re: Passenger arrival records #usa #general

Morton Rumberg

Karen Sanders wrote: >In another manifest, my grandmother, Bacie Siberdi, was listed at "Basic Liberty." I have no idea how they got that so wrong.<

It's easy to get it wrong. Actually, I suspect the interpretation is by the reader of the handwriting. People using script often write some letters that look very similar to others. In this case the s and c and e of the given name look enough alike to misinterpret. I‘m sure the same thing happened with the surname: Capitol S and L can look alike as can the di and ty, depending on how carefully the name was written.

I am a transcriber for some of the old records and it is amazing how language/handwriting gets so garbled. You have to be extremely careful interpreting each letter.

Mort Rumberg
Sacramento CA area

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