Yeah it's not so mush as dicouraged as frustrated, baffled and confused.
Should have figured it would be that way to some degree but not this much.
For example, there is no doubt that my greatgrandparents were born i Europe (probably Russia). all indications are that they arrived in 1905. Yet my grandfather, listed as being born in New York City, was born in 1901 0r 1902. Was he REALLY born in this country or not. Do not really know.
I will continue and use the information I've collected from you and Carl J.
It's a recent curiosty and a little late to ask anyone for clues as my father, aunt and uncles are all gone and my cousins know about as much as I do (or less now).
My father changed HIS name to Vance when we transplanted to Long Island which further complicates things in this country as I think My grandfathers siblings may have taken the spelling of the family name in different directions.
Rambling again, just wanted to say I DO appriciate the support of this web site.
Glad I found it.
Will keep you updated as I get new information if anyone is curious.