Ellis Island and Immigration


From the first of January 1892 until mid-November 1954, the federally operated Ellis Island was the primary entry point for immigrants wishing to enter the United States. The island replaced the almost forty year old state facility that had been located in Manhattan, the Castle Garden Immigration Depot. It is now a national park.

Annie Moore, a fifteen year old girl from Ireland, was the first person to enter the United States through Ellis Island in 1892. More than twelve million people would eventually enter the United States through Ellis Island during it\'s time as an immigration station. Arne Peterssen, a merchant from Norway, was the last immigrant to pass through Ellis Island in 1954.

The National Park Service currently maintains Ellis Island. Their comprehensive website has information about the history of the island, as well as detailed sections filled with information for teachers and students. The site also has an excellent collection of photographs and multimedia features. Often times immigration records can appear in a background check which is helpful for any research being done on an individual.

America's story from America's Library has a brief timeline with pictures describing the early days at Ellis Island.

The Library of Congress has a collection of images portraying Ellis Island between the years of 1880 and 1920.

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. has a searchable database of passengers that arrived on the island.

The University of Oregon has an image of an original Ellis Island inspection card from November of 1912.

The Learning Page has a number of photographs and films that portray the immigrants that came to America, including those who passed through Ellis Island.

The Office of the Public Health Service Historian has a comprehensive article detailing the role the public health service played at Ellis Island.