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help with 'best' name

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help with 'best' name

Posted: 1346682588000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1346684577000
I've used the earliest name for someone I am researching who immigrated to the US from Russia, (I will probably not get his birth name). I've assumed that a ship manifest spelling would be closer to his 'real' spelling than US census records, but my problem is the Ellis Island record of 'alien passengers to the US' has one spelling and a manifest in Germain (he left Europe from hamburg) had another. Obviously, both were written by a clerk, not his signature, and as a Russian, both could have language barriers. Any advice out there? I'd appreciate any thoughts.

Not sure if it's necessary or helpful, but one link is

Ellis Island is 9th name down on
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