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.http://interactive.ancestry.com/2717/31311_137553-00011/8294...
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.http://interactive.ancestry.com/8769/PAT840_53-0291/541331
This mystery has had me stuck since I discovered it last year. Any help would be greatly appreciated.