Webinar-“Married at Ellis Island:” Single Women and Immigration, 1892-1924

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold an online webinar that will interest many genealogists:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 1 p.m. Eastern

During Ellis Island’s peak years, unmarried immigrant women faced extra scrutiny when entering the United States. Women who traveled with companions to whom they were not married were deemed susceptible to “immoral” activities. Single women who travelled alone and had no relatives to meet them were often seen as “likely to become a public charge.” If the women married, however, they became admissible immigrants. As a result, hundreds of immigrants were married on Ellis Island.
This webinar uses real case files to explore Ellis Island marriages in the context of the era’s immigration policies.

*This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live.*

How to Attend

  1. Visit the USCIS History and Genealogy webpage.
  2. Click “Worth Repeating Webinar: Tuesday, March 27.”
  3. Click “Attend Session” just before the webinar start time at 1 p.m. Eastern.


Dick — Thank you for getting the word out about these USCIS webinars. Tuesday’s topic sounds intriguing. I will be attending and I have alerted the membership of my local society.
Thanks again!.


I wonder how the webinar went; I missed it. I would take the subject with a grain of salt, probably. Much like the fabled “they changed my name from Pzcskatowicz to Smith at Ellis Island” myths. Maybe they had two or three marriage-at-the-pier files but I’d bet it was close to non-existent. I had several girl ancestors arrive both singly and accompanied by a brother and they didn’t have problems. They probably just looked virtuous, naturally, because they were my ancestors, of course.

Anyone able to watch it?


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