Re: Trouble finding relatives in Ellis Island Passenger Lists #records #names

Steven Usdansky

One of my techniques to deal with spelling problems is to write the name in my sloppiest handwriting, and then consider various misinterpretations of the letters.

My paternal grandmother came to the US using the passport of one of her sisters. I knew the year she arrived and the names of her sisters, but it still took me over a decade of periodically searching at until I finally came close enough to the actual misspelling of the family surname to find the record I was looking for.

Steven Usdansky
Owatonna, Minnesota

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