The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors

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Writer's Digest Books, Jun 5, 2005 - Reference - 176 pages
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Island of Tears No More!

Embark on the journey of finding your Ellis Island ancestors

Nearly 20 million immigrants arrived through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924 - roughly 40 percent of Americans descend from these "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Since the Ellis Island website launched in April 2001, there have been more than 60,000 users visiting it every day, trying to find their ancestors. For some researchers, locating their immigrant ancestors in Ellis Island's massive database of passenger arrival lists is a snap. For others, the "Island of Hope, Island of Tears" takes on a new meaning. You know your ancestors are in that giant computer file somewhere, but where? The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors is here to help.

In this comprehensive guide, you'll discover:

  • the basic information you need to begin your search.
  • tips and strategies for successfully finding your Ellis Island ancestors online.
  • how passenger lists were created and what information they contain.
  • how to use microfilmed passenger lists and indexes.
  • what to do if you're still coming up empty-handed.
Journey with your ancestors as you learn what it was like for them to travel across the ocean by steamship, how they processed through Ellis Island, and where to find information and photographs of your ancestor's ship. And for those who had ancestors who arrived right before the Ellis Island years, a special chapter is devoted to Castle Garden and its arrivals.

It's the only guide you'll need for finding your Ellis Island ancestors.

  

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Page 159 - Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals for the Years 1890 to 1930 at the Port of New York and for the Years 1904 to 1926 at the Ports of New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore.

About the author (2005)

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack is a Certified Genealogist, the executive editor of Family Tree Books, a contributing editor for Family Tree Magazine, and the author of You Can Write Your Family History

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