Ellis Island

 

Located just minutes off the southern tip of Manhattan, Ellis Island was the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954, processing well over 12 million immigrants. It's estimated that nearly half of all Americans today can trace their family history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island.

 

Today, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, is one of the country's most popular historic sites. In 2001, the American Family Immigration History Center, a family research facility at Ellis Island, unveiled a program that provides visitors with advanced computer and multimedia technology, printed materials, and professional assistance for investigating immigration history, family documentation, and genealogical exploration.

 

After Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Ellis Island was closed to the public for a period of time. While parts of the island have re-opened, it is not expected to be fully-reopened until the end of 2015 due to ongoing repairs.

 

Learn more at www.nps.gov 

 

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