Re: [S-R] Ellis Island Dictionary
- Thanks, Maureen! I was wondering if someone would do & list what you did. I've
got a couple more to add to that.
And like you, I've found that you have to think how many other possible ways a
name could have been "heard" by the person writing down the info. A relative of
one of my cousins was found accidentally, but because she was listed on that
same page with a relative for whom I was searching, I found her too: Surname
spelled starting w/ "P" when it actually starts w/ "K", and another member of
that same family was found w/ the surname spelled starting w/ "G" instead of
Thinking in terms of how many times your own name has been misspelled by someone
who didn't hear it correctly. Or thinking of "rhymes with" & "sounds like"
(your own version of Soundex!) may be a big help in locating records of
ancestors arrivals. We may be able to understand the accents of our ancestors
(from either having heard them or from the fact that our parents had the same
speech patterns, even without accents), but if the person writing out the
manifest was someone who did not speak or understand the language or the accent,
the possibilities for misspellings are endless.