13984Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Re: ellis island ?
- Jun 2, 2010Does anyone have the website address for Ellis Island records?
Joy, I knew Weaver's in Hagerstown, Maryland, and also here in Baxter
County, Arkansas. One is one of our town's deputies.
On 6/2/2010 7:28 AM, Joy Weaver wrote:
> I see repeated here the idea that the clerks at Ellis Island changed
> people's names.
> No. The names you see on the manifests were written by ship's personnel
> at the port of departure from lists of ticket purchasers. That's why
> you will see names crossed out. Those are people who never boarded the
> ship after buying the ticket. (Maybe they arrived at the port late due
> to travel problems, etc.)
> People changed their own names after arrival or before boarding, but
> Ellis Island clerks had nothing to do with it. Perhaps some stuck with
> the spelling on the manifest because it was easier or because they
> didn't know how to read or write their own names. Let's not forget that
> millions of immigrants were illiterate or at least illiterate in English.
> That said, yes some of the misspellings were horrendous and even when
> the spelling was ok, the handwriting of the ship's purser or whoever
> wrote the lists was illegible to the people who transcribed them for the
> Ellis Island website. My own favorite was a woman named Grunfeld who is
> indexed as Ojrunfeld. If she hadn't been traveling with her
> sister-in-law whose name I recognized, I'd never have found her.
> Joy Weaver
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