Count your blessings.
Ellis Island personel were political appointees before they had civil
service exams .
If You donated enough money or voted often enough for the right person, you
got a good job.
Most could not spell very well and wrote down the names the way they
Welcome to Phonetics in Genealogy.
When you enounter your family name, substitute every vowel in that name
with the a,e,i,o,and u and you could be related.
My Family name is Flanagan.
In Official records, state and federal census's I have listed 69 differentt
spellings of this name.
In the Annual s of the Four Masters , In O'Harts Irish Pedigrees you will
find only three varations of this family name.
Do not neglect , nor dismiss information if the spelling is wrong.
No matter how you spell it, Speak the name and it sounds the same.
( I do not have spell check so excuse my funnies?
Related to : Durnin, Gallagher, Maguire and Cassidy in Ireland
Related to; John K Campaigne, co Cavan, to Md, My Grandmothers maiden ame
Henrietta Warfield, of Md, from UK, My Grandmother's Mother
William T. Downey, co Tipperary, to Va to Md, My Fathers
Smith, Maryland, married Campaigne, by marriage
Scrivano, Sicily to Ct, by marriage to my sister
Welsh, Wales, to Fl by marriage to my daughter
McDaniels, Ire to Va to Mo by marriage to Me
Ruckers, from Ger to Uk to Va, by marriage thru McDaniels
Kissel, a beautiful lady friend of mine/
Bud Flanagan, in Arizona