The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled. —

NAME: Pressman or Pressneau This is for descendants of the couple, Samuel and Sarah Pressman / Pressneau, born in Russia about 1894 and 1900, respectively. They are not our ancestors, however we stumbled upon their data when researching ours. It is information that could be pivotal in their life story. Unfortunately, it is data that […]

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Have a few lines where the surnames are regularly misspelled which makes it tough to track the individuals.

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10 Responses to The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled. —

  1. Thank so much for this extra exposure!

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    • You are welcome. Have enough misspellings on federal census and other records that I can understand it when it happens to other people. Could not find my great-grandmother on the 1940 census on Ancestry. I checked FamilySearch who independently transcribed the records and found her. Once I had the page number, I found her on Ancestry. The transcriber assumed the cursive T looked like an S. I added a note so others looking for her would find her. It doesn’t help that her daughter, Allene, has been mangled on a regular basis, both with spelling and transcription errors. Throw on top of that, my paternal grandfather is John Smith. My father’s name tends to get misspelled and while he never used it, his parents called him by his middle name which is why I don’t find him in some records.

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      • I find FamilySearch to be an excellent source and free is truly generous! Second note: the Pressman case – where Pacific Port of entry on immigration data was electronically misdirected to read for Atlantic entry – that error sent me down a huge rabbit hole looking for my own ancestor, When “it made no sense” I checked fine print to see the recording error. Not surprising given the volume of old data to input.

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      • I gave up my paid Ancestry access after a glitch on their part had me unable to access my account for over 3.5 months of a paid 6 month subscription. I use FamilySearch a lot although some of their records are linked behind paywalls on Ancestry, GenealogyBank, and other websites.


      • FamilySearch seems to want to provide as much for free as in their power. Plus they offer even more depth in their libraries. I have no problem paying up for the awesome power of proprietary algorithms such as Ancestry that make so many databases efficiently searchable. I take sporadic subscriptions when I must. But, like you, I have had some challenges with them.

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      • I appreciate what FamilySearch does. In some cases, to get the basics, they have to do the paywall thing. For example, their GenealogyBank deal includes them giving you enough information of names and relationships, you may not need to pay for the specifics for the obit. If I need Ancestry, I would do a monthly subscription and cancel early as they let the subscription lapse at the end of your term instead of immediately.

        On an unrelated note, do you have plans to offer your book as an ebook? I didn’t see an ebook option when I checked. I have way too many print books.

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      • Thanks much for the interest, but I only did soft-cover. In retrospect, I realize it was an amateur move.

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      • It could be worse. A distant cousin did this huge book years ago where it had to be hardback. She sells it a bit above cost – $50.

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      • Hardback must be a hard sell these days (Yes, pun). Mine was prompted by overcoming data challenges. But it is an ancestry, and I could not imagine an e-book being a treasured heirloom to pass to grandkids. Of course, I see the error of my way. What did your cousin write?

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        She published in 1980, probably through a vanity press as there weren’t as many independent publishers back then who weren’t vanity press.

        Last time I talked to her, she still had copies. When I find it on Amazon, it tends to be a lot more than $50.

        In terms of an ebook, I would prefer it to a print book due to space limitations in my 2 BR house. I live alone, but I was married and I acquired enough print books, I started going the ebook route to avoid the floor collapsing into the basement.


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