Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Ellis Island

The Ellis Island website has undergone a major facelift and they are adding more records (1925-1957) so a lot of genealogists have been talking about the Ellis Island website lately.  If you don’t know, the Ellis Island website has a searchable index and linked digital images to the passenger lists of the ships that came through the Port of New York.  It is a great resource but there are a couple of things you need to know before you get discouraged when you can’t find your immigrant ancestor in the Ellis Island records.

  • Ellis Island was only open for 62 years, 1892-1954.  It was the receiving station for the Port of New York.
  • Even if your ancestor immigrated during the above time span the Port of New York was only ONE port of entry.   Some of the other big ones were Boston, Baltimore, Charleston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Savannah but there were also several more smaller ports where immigrants entered.

In a nutshell, not everyone came through Ellis Island.


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