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Ellis Island - New York, New York
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Ellis Island
Ellis Island, New York, NY 10004-3507Map
+1 212 561 4588
Neighborhood: Battery Park City
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For more than 60 years starting in 1892, Ellis Island served as one of the primary immigration processing centers in the United States. It’s estimated that 40 percent of living Americans today can trace at least one ancestor whose gateway to America was through this island just off the coast of Manhattan. Germans, Poles, Czechs, Italians and many other Europeans all made the arduous journey to Ellis Island, nearly all were escaping war and famine. America, for them, was a last gasp of desperation and Ellis Island was a new beginning. Today the place is a fascinating monument to human immigration. Visit the restored Main Arrivals Hall and the museum, which runs a self-guided tour through the complexes history. At the American Family Immigration History Center, visitors can do multimedia searches through the archives. Who knows? You just might turn up a lost ancestor.

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By jbhaydn | Posted 03/07/13
  Will be heading for Ellis island next week, on trip back East--jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 11/17/12
  clicking in to check off all the review's !--jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 11/08/12
  Made another trip and this time with grand -kid's ! was great !-jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 09/24/12
  Checking in to check off reports !--jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 06/22/12
  checking in to mark off my helpful reports !--jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 06/03/12
  This is one place I will be going back to visit one more time---jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 03/23/12
  Enjoyed every minute off it on this trip ! Thank you!!----jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 02/18/12
  Another historic place to visit on the next trip, as I said, we missed it the last time!SO MUCH history !---jbhaydn  
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By jbhaydn | Posted 01/22/12
  Missed this the last time ! Will be sure to see it on our next trip !---jbhaydn  
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