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Ducking immigration? False names
I've been tracking my husband's paternal grandfather for a while now - and getting nowhere - but finally found him in 1930 census records this morning. It pays to go back and search again because the record I found wasn't in the last 10 searches I did, so ancsestry is uploading more records.
My husband's half sister's say that their grandfather was from India - but used someone else's papers (and name) to be in the US.
I've looked at his photo - and it's quite possible. I also know that people walk up to my husband and speak to him in both Hindi and Arabic.
I know he lived in Queens NY in the 1930's. Found an updated index listing today for a "John Mammel"
It looked like this:
Name: John Mammel
I was looking for a John Manuel and sons Willow & Stanley, daughter Edith and wife Helen. They are all there.
All three children born PA.
Looking at the real census page "Minnesota" as a birthplace is actually "Manilla Phillipines".
The plot thickens
I think I've tracked John and Helen to PA - the record shifts again and so does the last name - now its "Manley" and John is mysteriously from VA.
Does anyone know if census takers actually looked at someone's papers when taking a census - or if they just accepted what someone told them was their birthplace?
Have posted photos to my website, linked below.
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