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Why Your Family Name Was Not Changed at Ellis Island (and One That Was) | The New York Public Library #genealogy

There is a persistent story in a lot of American families that their last name was changed at Ellis Island, garbled by an agent who simply wrote it down incorrectly. Now, it's possible that the name really was changed at some point, but it didn't happen at Ellis Island. Here's why.

Immigrants at Ellis Island, everyone is an immigrant in this country! !

ellis island c1900 Do immigrants from south of America come through something like this today? I understand they would have to be willing--otherwise they cross illegally. What's changed? This is where my grandparents came to the U.S. from Europe.

(via Emigrant, boarding ship)

But it's not the isle you left behind. That isle of hunger, isle of pain,

Jewish_Immigrants_1907. Mine came over in 1913

Irish immigrants | IRISH IMMIGRANT ANNIE MOORE FIRST TO PASS THROUGH ELLIS ISLAND

Ellis Island, 1905 by Lewis W. Hine

Ellis Island - Immigrants waiting in line for processing by Immigration Bureau officials. (1902-1913)

Photograph by Augustus F.Sherman of a Mother and her two daughters from Zuid-Beveland, province of Zeeland in The Netherlands upon their arrival to Ellis Island, ca. 1905 -