Hi, I am looking for relatives of my cousin-grandmother Clara Satsch (born Postowsky, SSN 018-18-6817). She was born 1896 in Odessa (Russia), 1939 had arrived to the USA (Boston) from Germany and died in Los Angeles 05/15/1980. She had got a daughter Rosa, which played violin.
Are you as frustrated as me with misspelled and badly garbled names that some ancestors remain hidden for a long time? I've tried a number of times mostly unsuccessful to find some of my missing ancestors. There are times though when I've been successful in finding them despite names I would never have looked for. Some tips I've used for overcoming these names are written down in a blog at http://www.hiddengenealogynuggets.com/genealogyblog/2012/01/geneaology-genology-geanology/. Post your best tip here or at the blog for finding a name which has been badly misspelled or garbled. I would love to hear abiout them as I'm sure others would as well.
It's not just the spelling, it's the hand writing. Hey, I took penmanship at Catholic school decades ago, but there must be an awful lot of different scripts used in different decades and geographic areas. How do I figure those out?
The TV show "Who Do You Think You Are" had a piece with an historian talking with the guest star of the epiosde, who was a black American. The man's name had changed spellings as he went back in time, but it started with "Beau", which generally has French roots and can be easily misspelled or misheard. The historian went out of his way to say that census-takers were racially motivated to deliberately misspell black names. This remark caused a large outcry on some other websites, since many of us have encountered misspellings. Census-takers do not have to meet extraordinary linguistic standards to get that job, and as we go back in time, many more people who answered the door could not read or write. Many may not have had English as their first language, and they may have lived where a different alphabet was used. All those factors point to easy spelling mistakes.