But it was the clerk who took down the information from your female ancestor. I'm sure the clerk did not ask how you spelled that. What is the wife's maiden name? Was she naturalized?
Who was the family member that your ancestor came to when he arrived to America? When did he come to America? He most likely settled in US where someone from the village or general vicinity of his place of birth was already residing. http://genforum.genealogy.com/how-to/http://www.geneasearch.com/beginner.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rwguide/