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Trace your Tribe

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/tribe/article/trace_your_tribe_20110127

Despite what your zayde or bubbe told you, your family name was not changed at Ellis Island. “The last names had to match the manifest when people arrived in the United States,” says Jan Meisels Allen, president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV). Name changes are just one of many roadblocks an amateur Jewish genealogist might encounter while researching a family’s past. Political upheavals, border changes and the Holocaust all contribute to the difficulties American Jews often encounter when trying to research their family histories.

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