Re: The confusion of 'b' and 'v' in early immigration documents #records

Jill Whitehead

Speaking as someone whose maiden name was Servian, changed from Serwianski in Poland (named after Lake Serwy), this name caused my Liverpool family considerable problems, with all the Balkan wars in the late 19th and early 20th century. My great grand uncle changed his name from Servian to Silverman (and later to Maxwell after his grandfather Mordecai). Another cousin branch in the NE of England changed their name to Server. It makes research difficult today as a Google search may come up with Serbian conflicts rather than family aspects. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK
Researching Servian, Serviansky, Serwianski, Server, Serwer, Sirvan etc. from Sejny, Augustow and Vishtinetz in Suwalki Gubernia, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Chicago, Detroit, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, and Mexico.

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