moderated Re: Which name do I use to enter into my family tree program---the old Russian name or the USA name? #general #names


One thing to keep is that the "old Russian name" was spelled using the Cyrillic and/or Hebrew alphabets.  Spellings in the Roman alphabet are transliterations of the original and there can be a number of different transliterations of the same original name. This is something I've run across in my own family that I've needed to consider in researching the genealogy.

Another issue is that, on arrival to the US, the Russian version of the name sometimes was changed to the German or English versions by the immigration authorities.  Again, I've run across this in my own genealogy.

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