Re: Need suggestions for how to search for misspelled family names #records

Dahn Cukier

There is no one way or are any of the ones I have used
easy. Here are 3 examples.

Father's father's father (great grandfather). I knew he had arrived in
the US after 1905, his youngest daughter was born in 1906 in Poland.
I never found much about him, I did find a WWII draft card, but
no census or other records.

Then I found on his daughter-in-law's naturalization papers that her
husband (my grandfather)  was naturalized on (date) and the
number was xxxxx.  After not finding anything indexed on
FamilySearch or Ancestry, I found that one of these have unindexed
records. I went courthouse to courthouse (via internet) and
searched page by page (at 5mega download) and finally found 
his record. I then found how he spelled his name at time of
immigration, completely different from the name used by the

My mother's father. I found his records from 1920, and that date
was well known in the family. On the census of 1930, he has
immigration as 1914. I searched EllisIsland,  at that time (about 2012),
I was able to automate download of records. I found his name spelled
a little differently, both given and family. but the way it was
spelt by the family in Romania. I later found a branch of
the family in Israel. Years later,I found his naturalization
papers that supplied the name also.

Bella and Saul:
My father's parents in 1930 census. Their names were not indexed
correctly,my father, who was mislabeled as belonging to another family,
was spelled correctly. I assume he, age 3, was being watched by the
girls at the family where recorded. I found the address via Googleearth
and found it was a cross street with one I recognized from family
stories. I did not know the address, but searched one by
one until I found the indexer recorded "u" as "a".

Bottom Line: Each was different, and each required imagination
and two required a long time of searching. I am located in Israel
and the records in the US.

Dahn Cukier

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas

On Sunday, September 27, 2020, 4:33:50 PM GMT+3, N. Summers via <> wrote:

I've had trouble finding records because names are mispelled or othewise mangled. What kinds of searches have you used to overcome this problem? I'm guessing every site has different tools...
thanks so much,

Nancy Summers

Maryland, USA


FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus; Warsaw, Poland; Wolinsky, Russia/Ukraine)

LISS / ALPER  (Motol, Vileyka, Minsk, Russia/Belarus)

LEAF / LIFSCHITZ ( Rechitsa, Belarus)

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