Q. I cant find my ancestor Emma Bermans record of arrival in the United States. Shes from a town in Romania beginning with a T. Various census records state her year of immigration as 1908 and 1911 and have her born in the early 1880s. Ive searched the Ellis Island database for both years without success. What now?
A. Passenger records such as those for Ellis Island are often difficult to read and transcribe, and names could have been mixed up by those who recorded them. Further complicating such searches are the differences in names and even alphabets between America and the old country. Romanian, for example, uses 28 letters (31 since 1982) rather than our 26. To American eyes, some of these characters could appear to be a bunch of squiggles.
From the December 2011 issue of Family Tree Magazine
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