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The Myth of Ellis Island, Conclusion, or, at least, My Current Thinking

Here I come to find that I have a way to go in the use of the GPS. I began this series of blog posts with the (unrealistic) hope that I could use the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to determine when my second great grandfather, Yussel Wilkimirsky changed his name to Joseph Friedman. You might ask, why do I call my intention unrealistic? Easy enough answered. All one needs to do is to look at Step 1 of the GPS: Conduct a reasonably exhaustive search of available data sources. I do not believe I have yet to accomplish this. I will summarize what I do have as follows: From these three documents, it certainly appears that the change in his surname occurred between the beginning of 1885 and th

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