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


While names may not have been changed at Ellis Island - the names might have been changed before getting on the ship! My great-grandmother traveled under the same last name as another family from her village that was going to NY.

A century later (and almost a decade ago) her maiden name was long forgotten by the family - and starting out in genealogy I naively assumed her immigration papers were accurate and happily traced out on jewishgen a family tree... for the other family she was travelling with! A few months later I figured out the ploy when all her children born in NY listed a different maiden name for her, as well as the marriage certificates for her children born in Belarus, etc. Out goes "My family tree", LOL :)

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