Ellis Island Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Ellis Island opened as the nation’s main immigrant processing center 125 years ago on Jan. 1. More than 12 million immigrants passed through the gates of the processing center. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation says nearly half of all Americans can trace their family roots to a person who passed through Ellis Island.


The 27.5-acre island, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, no longer serves as a port of entry for new arrivals but it does greet about 2 million visitors a year, according to its website.

You can read more in an article by Karen Yi at http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/01/ellis_island_anniversary.html.


Christine Czarnecki January 3, 2017 at 3:50 am

The Statue of Liberty continues to be a first sight of America to immigrants to this day.
My husband came as a political refugee from Poland in 1981, and he said that he was thrilled to see the Statue of Liberty out the plane window on his immigration flight to New York.

It is meaningful to all of us. I had two grandparents who had immigrated through Ellis Island and another two whose families had been here since Jamestown, but one is not any better an American because one has family who has been here longer. This is the true strength of our country and what Lady Liberty really symbolizes to me.


My great-aunt was held over for a week at the Ellis Island hospital. Family legend says she had a horse-shoe shaped kidney. Is there any way to find her medical records from there?


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