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Immigration mystery (Certificate of Arrival doesn't match name)

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Immigration mystery (Certificate of Arrival doesn't match name)

Posted: 7 Aug 2013 6:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith, Schmidt, Sitkowecki
My ancestor Louis Smith was a Russian Jew from Bershad, Ukraine, whose original birth name was Leizer Schmidt.

But on the Certificate of Arrival provided with his naturalization record, his name is given as "Elie Sitkowecki," arrived August 13, 1906. There's no indication of a name change. And I know from many other family records that "Sitkowecki" was never the family's surname.

Is it possible that my ancestor immigrated under a false identity? Or is it more likely that the mistake happened when the naturalization was being processed, with a clerk pulling the wrong record?

Here is the original manifest. Elie (line 25) has a similar birthdate and town name (Berszer), but his "uncle" in the U.S. is no one I've ever heard of, either.

This mystery has had me stuck since I discovered it last year. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Adam Goodheart
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
chechelnyk 7 Aug 2013 12:49PM GMT 
JoelWeintraub 8 Aug 2013 12:25AM GMT 
chechelnyk 8 Aug 2013 12:48AM GMT 
Robert Jerin 9 Aug 2013 11:23AM GMT 
chechelnyk 9 Aug 2013 1:35PM GMT 
Robert Jerin 10 Aug 2013 12:35AM GMT 
chechelnyk 28 Aug 2013 1:41PM GMT 
Robert Jerin 29 Aug 2013 11:04AM GMT 
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