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

Steven Cohen

Keep going in wider circles.  In addition to variations in last name, the first name may be completely different from what the person came to be known as in the US, the year may be different from what you think, etc.

It took me forever to find the records for my grandfather - unsurprising, in retrospect, since Morris Cohen is shown in the ship's manifest as Mordche Ber Katz.  (If your ancestor was by any chance a Cohen or Katz, or something similar like Kahan, try all those variants.)  And the person who transcribed the records had trouble with the handwriting and/or wasn't familiar with Hebrew/Yiddish names, so the index lists him as "Marduke Per Katz."

Good luck -

Steve Cohen

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