Ellis Island records - video on the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island

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25 May 2017
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Discover how to find ancestors who emigrated to the USA via Ellis Island in this introductory video from Ellis Island Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island in New York.

Discover how to find ancestors who emigrated to the USA via Ellis Island in this introductory video from Ellis Island Museum of Immigration on Liberty Island in New York.

More than forty percent of US citizens are descended from people who emigrated to the USA from elsewhere in the world. Ellis Island Museum of Immigration welcomes millions of visitors each year and this introductory video explains how the Museum can help anyone searching for immigration records relating to their family history.

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As Ellis Island Museum historian Barry Moreno explains, before 1920, anyone could travel to the USA on a steamship, without a passport or visa, and apply to enter the country. The ship's passenger list was written on by inspectors at Ellis Island, who interviewed each immigrant, asking thirty detailed questions about the person, their family, any identifying marks, religious beliefs, etc. These records are kept at the Museum and are a valuable record for anyone searching for immigrant ancestors, as we discover here:

Find out more about Ellis Island Museum of Immigration at the Museum's website.

Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, Liberty Island, New York NY10004-3507, USA.

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