Recently, while researching an immigrant, I was trying to decipher the name of the person the immigrant was joining in the United States. I was having a really difficult time reading the handwriting of the Ellis Island recorder. I put the immigration record aside for a while.

Then, I was looking at the marriage record of the same immigrant. The name of one of the witnesses sounded vaguely familiar. So, I searched through my research with the hope of finding out where before I had heard the name.

And, what I discovered was that the immigration name sounded like the marriage name – it was the same person!