> on 3/13/2006 11:22 PM catalpa said the following:
> > "KL" <klbjor...
@aohell.com> wrote in message
> > news:Z-KdnaaWy5q1qIvZnZ2dnUVZ_sCdnZ2d@telcove.net
> >>on 3/13/2006 8:03 PM Tim Campbell said the following:
> >>>>>Leah Koester
> >>>>Speaking of name changes, anyone here have any ideas on how to
> >>>>a relative who supposedly changed their name on arrival to the US from
> >>>>Finland circa 1912?
> >>I have looked here before and not had any luck....partially because I am
> >>not sure of the original name. Maybe I am not accessing the information
> >>the right way. Any tips would sure be appreciated.
> > If your ancestor became a citizen, then get the citizenship petition
> > from the appropriate court. If your ancestor did not become a citizen
> > lived until 1940, then file a Freedom of Information Act request to get
> > 1940 Alien Registration Act form. Both forms list the date your ancestor
> > arrived, the arrival port, the ship name and place and date of birth.
> > name used to enter the USA may also be listed. If Ellis Island is the
> > of entry, then use the ship arrival information and person's age to find
> > your ancestor in the Ellis Islands records using the Stephen Morse
> > at www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/ellis.html . If more than one
> > fits the critera, then use other manifest information (such as final
> > destination and destination relative/friend name) to get the right
> > Be aware that family and first names may be horribly mangled or even
> > reversed in the Ellis Island database.
> Actually, this time I made a real good hit at the Ellis Island database.
> But apparently the last name was recorded as Bjorni. And it appears
> that the family came over in two parts. The father who we know as
> Sylvester is recorded as Scrafia Bjorni, who was 25 in 1910 traveled on
> the same boat as Eusio Bjorni who was 11 months old (male). Then in
> 1911, Aina Bjorni, age 20, appears to have travelled with Toini Bjorni
> who was 2 yrs old at the time. This does seem to fit well with what
> little I know of the family. The really interesting part is this name
> Scrafia...how does that become Sylvester? Go figure!
> Thanks all for the advice and good resources. Now I at least have some
> direction to move forward. Now to check the Finland database at
Sorry, you have the wrong people. Scrafia Bjorni is a married female going
to join her husband Joseph.