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From: Ron Mitchell <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] passengers from Germany - 1847
Date: Thu, 12 May 2011 07:46:36 -0400 (EDT)
I'm sure many deliberately changed their names but add this to clerks
who wrote down what they 'heard' and name owners who couldn't read and
therefore couldn't recognize what the clerks wrote. Also don't forget
diacritical marks for pronunciation don't intrepret well.
Glad you found your people and thanks for sharing your success.
On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 8:39 PM, Evelyn wrote:
> I looked for 10 years for my husband's family that came from Germany
> in the
> ships records, theirs was 1850. No name in there like ours.
> Well I decided if it took a month to go thru the whole book of
> Germans to
> American, I was going to find that family. I wrote out all the names
> ages of them. First I started with the same Initial of the last name
> was P, I only had to go down about 5 names and found them. The name
> spelled totally different, but the first names and ages were exact. I
> wonder if many of the immigrants used the first initial of the last
> and changed their name when they arrived here?
> Good luck on your searching.
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