"His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names


I'd like to ask people to reserve judgment until I have received the document I requested from NARA.  If it is what I expect it to be, it should resolve any serious questions about the "no-involuntary-name-change" meme.  People need to understand that the process was nowhere near as pristine as advocates for the meme assume, and once one realizes how messy it was, all kinds of possibilities arise.
Incidentally, in reply to David Rosen, in my conversations with the USCIS Historians' Office, they reported that what happened in the case of Mary Johnson/Frank Woodhull was a change in listing rather than a change in name.  The evidence I have establishes that she continued to live as Frank Woodhull.
Yale Zussman

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