On Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 05:29 PM, Alan Reische wrote:
Does 'Prezlau' strike members as a likely match for Przeclaw or am I heading down a rabbit hole?Did you see the handwritten manifest with your own eyes?
Are you sure the Hamburg agent was not sloppy or distracted and possibly dropped a letter when writing?
Did you take into account that the "ts" sound in German is written with a "z", whilst in Polish it's written with a "z"?
Do you know if the agent heard the name from a speaker, or copied it from a document? Accent may have affected his spelling, or noise his hearing.
Given the number of Jew in Przeclaw in 1880 (all of 299) it can't have been a very large, famous know place that the agent if Hamburg would necessarily identify and spell correctly.
I don't think there are any hard and fast rules to be followed here, but rather hypotheses, to be generated and left as "maybe" till you have further data. You can't really avoid dropping into rabbit holes every now and then - and eventually either come out saying "Wow, that was gold mine" or "Wow. that was some rabbit hole! I'll leave a sign there to remind me".