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Re: [S-R]Ellis Island name changes

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  • GRETCHEN HERROCK
    Ah ha! Makes more sense. Now that I think of it, my great-grandparents did have the Hirjak name on the log at EI...they did change it themselves. ... From:
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      Ah ha! Makes more sense. Now that I think of it, my great-grandparents did
      have the Hirjak name on the log at EI...they did change it themselves.

      -------Original Message-------

      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Date: 05/03/04 03:15:31
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [S-R]Ellis Island name changes

      In a message dated 5/2/2004 9:27:43 PM Central Standard Time,
      greta66@... writes:
      > My father's family name is Hirjak from Nagykemencze (now it is
      > Kamencze nad Circhou). When they came through Ellis island it was changed
      > to Herrock.


      Name changes by EI authorities is a 100 year old urban legend. The names
      were not changed by any authorities at Ellis Island. If the names were
      changed,
      it was the sole discretion of the person, usually to blend into the
      American
      society, sometime after they left the island.
      Joyce


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