Tag: Immigration Records

Did Your Ancestors Come Through Ellis Island? Here's How to Find Out

The Ellis Island records website has long been a great place to find free ancestry information. Providing instant access to more than 50 million immigration records, it's a vital resource for anyone with US immigrant ancestry from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (earlier records can be found here). A couple of years ago Ellis Island revealed a brand new website, including a revamped and improved family history records section. In fact, all of the Statue of Liberty ...

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A new interactive map from Metrocosm has visualized immigration to the US in a whole new way. This fascinating tool is a great way to gather a quick view of where US immigrants where coming from between the years 1830 and 2013. The helpful map will automatically play through each year on its own -- highlighting top countries of immigration with bright colors and animated dots -- or you may use the scroll bar to select a year of interest yourself. Each animated ...

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There's no doubt that the landing of the Mayflower in the 'New World' in 1620 is one of the most important events in American history. Whether you know all of the facts about this historic voyage or not, discovering a connection to this iconic American event would be truly exciting for any family historian. Yet, most of us have never seriously considered that we may be descended from a Mayflower passenger. After all, what are the chances? Turns out, they're pretty ...

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When Annie Moore and her two Irish brothers became the first immigrants to pass through Ellis Island in 1892 they quickly made their way into the history books. After that time, millions more entered the US through the famed processing center and their details are now available as part of the 50 million free records on the recently revamped Ellis Island website. But what if your ancestors were among the millions and millions of people who came to New York's shores in the decades before Ellis Island first ...

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Nola Carson Gordon

Thank you to Susan D. Harris for this guest post. Image at left: "My grandmother (Martha) as a little girl with her mother, Nola Carson Gordon and brother Lewis." When I was young, an old Victrola sat in the corner of our living room that had belonged to my mother’s family.  The relic of a bygone era, it sat stoically quiet until it was called upon to melodically share the stories it was created to tell. The long front doors ...

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