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

Sarah L Meyer

Yes I have a similar story,  My paternal great-grandfather bought papers to escape the Czarist conscription from a man with the surname Meyer.  He came here with the name Fishel Meyer (that is the name on the Hamburg manifest)-in 1884.  His father's name was Josef Perchik.  Now I know that Fishel came from Odessa, but it appears that he stopped in Kovno on the way to Hamburg.  And many years ago, when we moved to Seattle, my mother(z"l) was introduced to a Mrs. Wexler - who said that her maiden name was Meyer, could they be related.  My mother told Mrs. Wexler this story - and Mrs Wexler responded that she had forgotten - they had the same story.  So I would conclude that who ever sold my great grandfather these papers - was making a bundle selling papers.  I would not be concerned about the paperless Goldbergs - they may not have had the same first name- or the names may have been taken from those of the same age, who had died, the same way that identity theft used to be done here, before all the electronic technology.
Sarah L Meyer
Georgetown TX
BIRGARDOVSKY, EDELBERG, HITE (CHAIT), PERCHIK Russia (southern Ukraine) and some Latvia or Lithuania

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