Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Bob Roudman

Most if not all names were changed by the immigrant after arrival in the
US. Clerks were very careful not to change or modify names. Since the
manifest was used as proof of legal arrival immigration and Nat would
sometimes go back to the manifest to verify identities. Many times the
declaration would mention the name change made by the immigrant. It is
largely myth that the clerks changed the names at either Ellis Island or
Castle Garden.

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