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The Liberty Ellis Foundation is a charity organization set up to honor the millions of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island to find a home in the United States. It offers an archive of sound recordings, photos, documents and more to help you find out about the history of US immigration, as well as helping you to locate particular people or vessels.
Whilst the site is free, donations are welcomed. Patrons and paying members can also save their profile for a year, upload one or two pieces of family history and save up to 20 additional histories to their personal profile. Paying members can also annotate passenger records for other members to view.
The site houses millions of documents, recording the journeys and ambitions of the millions of people who passed through Ellis Island. It also offers some history on the Statue of Liberty, including information on stamps and coins. A fun little feature is the torch cam, which lets you view the scene from the lady’s torch.
If you wish to honor your family, you can add a name to the wall of honor, which is a public document of the people who crossed into the USA. Of course, this can also be used to find people, and consequently track down any relevant documents you might wish to view.
Family histories have also been uploaded to the website, and make interesting viewing. Stories are featured regularly, bringing a spotlight onto interesting family struggles and sagas.
Ellis Island is also a focus of LibertyEllisFoundation.org and you can find out plenty about the history of the island and its role in processing immigrants. If you’re interested enough, you can plan to visit the museum and archives.
Whilst Liberty Ellis Foundation might seem like a bit of fun, it does contain a lot of well kept documents and information. Its oral histories section in particular is fascinating and will be a great resource to anyone who is serious about researching immigration history in the US. In terms of finding a particular person, we’re not sure how much you’ll find out about them on this site, but if you’re lucky you could strike oil with oral histories, photos, scanned documents and more.
If you’re sure your ancestors came to the US through Ellis Island, you’ll probably have some success finding out about them through the LibertyEllisFoundation. If you’re unsure, it’s still worth checking out, and they have some excellent staff members who might be able to recommend tips and tools for research. The site itself is limited to those 5 million (plus) people entering the USA, so it won’t be useful beyond that. However, if that’s what you’re looking for, this could be an invaluable resource.
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