Sunday, July 26, 2015

WAS YOUR FAMILY NAME CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND?

Please, people: let’s put this hoary old chestnut out of its misery once and for all: the answer is NO.

Clerks at Ellis Island did not record names of arriving passengers: they in fact matched passengers to a ship manifest prepared in the old country by shipping company employees. Look closely at some manifests—you can often actually see the checkmarks made by Ellis Island clerks as they matched an arrival to the manifest.

You will also sometimes see names lined out on the manifest—such persons either failed to board the ship in the old country, or died on the way to America and were (generally) buried at sea:

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