About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. during 1892 through 1924 came through the Ellis Island immigration station. The island’s history including the Wall of Honor, and the changing questions on ship manifest forms will be shown. The pressures of the "Great Migration" eventually led to immigration quotas. The persistent myth of name changes at Ellis Island will be analyzed. About twenty percent of processed immigrants ended up on detention/special inquiry sheets, and will be shown where those can be found. Finally, all five (5!) of the ship name indexes will be introduced. After this talk the audience should have a clear idea of the process the immigrants went through, and a greater appreciation of the manifest as a genealogy research tool. Be prepared to try to successfully negotiate the "Island of Tears" and avoid deportation by Joel! Original material will be displayed.
Sponsor: JGSCV and Temple Adat Elohim