Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern Time (New York)
Presented in Partnership with the Orange County JGS
About 70% of immigrants to the U.S. from 1892 through 1954 came through the Ellis Island immigration station. The station’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. Twenty percent of processed immigrants ended up on detention sheets, and we will discuss where those can be found. Finally, with case studies, we will find out how to use all three (3!) of the ship name indexes.
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.
Dr. Joel Weintraub is an award-winning Professor Emeritus at California State University Fullerton; creator of search tools for the U.S. and New York City censuses via SteveMorse.org, and is currently developing locational tools for the 2022 release of the 1950 federal census.
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