Lots has been written on internet searches
We all have our favorite 'tricks'
My opinion? Dr Steve Morse has the best manifest site:
For Ellis Island: http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB ... close&LNM= His 'other pages' have also been a tremendous help.
For Castle Garden (includes Ellis Island up to abt 1912): http://www.stevemorse.org/ellis/cg.html After doing an exact search (including town) on Ellis Island w/o success,
try dropping information
- shorten names
- eliminate first or last name
- shorten or eliminate town
- use the 'contains' search for first names (works great w/double first names)
If the Ellis Island portion of Dr Morse's site doesn't work, try his other
pages for Castle Garden.
- this page allows the use of a 'contains' search for last names
If you can find the correct manifest on the Castle Garden, the original
may be on the Ellis Island portion of the site, only mis-transcribed.
Take what you now know from Castle Garden, name, date, ship, age, town
and try plugging this info into Ellis Island (eliminating/shortening info as needed)
When all else fails - drop all info on the last name.
I think we'll get lots of ggod tips here. Need to think of some of my favourites..right now trying to do a recap of someones family history the old fashion way..with pen and paper.
I like doing this to help me keep track of everything and I fill in info as I go along. Hate bouncing back and forth. I do everything in pencil first and once I confirm I change it to pen..then I enter it into my PC program..
Sometimes it helps to write the name out in script... then ask yourself which letters can be misinterpreted... for example a "u" can easily look like an "n" or 2 "z's" can look like 2 "r's"...A surname sure as Fazzulo could have easily been transcribed as Farrulo...
I think most of the ship record keepers did a good job writing out all those names... considering....
I think the Ellis transcribers could have used a serious lesson in typography.... or a lesson on the history of type... script..
Luckily for me,I studied typography in college for 3 years, and was also a typesetter for a few... so reading script is loads of laughs not to mention an eyesore 8O