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

Murray Sperber

No one in the family could find my father-in-law or his brother on  A cousin claimed a fire had destroyed the files.  A visit to the National Archives in Southern California yielded an email contact for the National Archives in New York.  Knowing the name of the ship and approximate arrival date a researcher at the National Archives found my father-in-law.  Not only was the name reversed, i.e., first name listed as last, last name as first, but it was also misspelled.  We knew it was my father-in-law as the number on the Certificate of Arrival matched the number written in on the line above his name on the manifest.

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