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


I have a record of one of those marriages.  The story of the arrival and the marriage was written up in the June 2012 issue of : "MassPocha" the Newsletter of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston. The marriage cert  says:

I _____ do hereby certify
That on the 22nd of May 1912
At the City Hall in the City of New York
I duly performed the
between Mr. Jacob F....  of Ellis Island
and Miss Eva W....  of Ellis Island
Signed and Sealed.

David Rosen
Boston, MA


On 6/28/2020 10:36 PM, Stephen Weinstein via wrote:
To be a smart ass, I would like to respond as follows to everyone claiming that absolutely no names whatsoever were ever changed at Ellis Island:

There were "hundreds of immigrants were married on Ellis Island" (  Since married women didn't keep their maiden names in those days, unless the bride and groom already had the same surname before they married (which is possible, but not common), each woman who got married at Ellis Island would have changed her name there -- to her new husband's surname.

This, I hope, will resolve the question conclusively and bring the argument to an end -- but I don't think it will.

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