Why ancestor surnames were not changed at Ellis Island by inspectors is today’s post.
Today is the anniversary of the busiest day in Ellis Island’s history.
One hundred and seven years ago, 11,747 individuals arrived to begin new lives in America. An average day saw 5,000 immigrants processed through Ellis Island.
Most genealogists who have worked with immigration records know ancestor surnames were not changed at Ellis Island by inspectors.
Mistakes happened and the process was flawed, but immigration officials were most probably not the source of name changes. Is Hollywood to blame for this misperception?