From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
Before the Ellis Island Immigration Center opened, Castle Garden was the port of entry in New York. Eleven million immigrants passed through Castle Garden 1820 through 1892.
Both of these sites offer free access to searchable databases and full size images of passenger lists. Valuable information for family history research on these lists include name, age, sex, occupation, whether able to read or write, native country, last residence, intended destination, location of compartment on ship, Number of pieces of luggage, port of embarkation, and ominously, the last column was reserved for those who did not survive the journey, listing date and cause of death.
E is for Ellis Island – I made it through the first week of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge!