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Ellis Island Immigration Information

Ellis Island Immigration Information

The American Family Immigration History Center is scheduled to open at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum sometime in early 2000. The American Family Immigration History Center will offer researchers access to an extensive database on the 17 million immigrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island between the years of 1892-1924. Beginning in 1994, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have transcribed the various ship passenger lists stored on microfilm at the National Archives. In total, the church members have spent over two million hours on the transcription process. The data has been copied by hand, then digitized and entered into the LDS genealogy database. Eventually researchers will have access to information such as the name of ship which the individual or family sailed from, his or her point of origin, and nationality. Patrons can obtain more information by calling (212) 883-1986 or visit the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website at

Researchers may also consult the following sources for additional information the history of Ellis Island:

Ellis Island: An Illustrated History of the Immigrant Experience. New York: Toronto: Maxwell Macmillian International, c1991. 325.1 Ell.

Coan, Peter M. Ellis Island Interviews: In Their Own Words. New York, NY: Facts On File, c1997. 304.873 Coa.

Hargrove, Jim. Gateway To Freedom: The Story Of The Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island. Chicago, IL: Childrens Press, c1986. Juvenile 974.7 Har.

Holland, F. Ross. Idealists, Scoundrels, & The Lady: An Insider's View Of The Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Project. Urbana, IL: University Of Illinois Press, c1993. 974.71 Hol (Available Through South County Regional Library).

Mormino, Gary Ross. The Immigrant World Of Ybor City: Italians & Their Latin Neighbors In Tampa, 1885-1985. Urbana, IL: University Of Illinois Press,c1987. Florida 975.965 Mor. (Available Through Cape Coral-Lee County Library).

Novotny, Ann. Strangers At The Door: Ellis island, Castle Garden, & The Great Migration To America. Riverside, CN: Chatham Press, c1971. 301.3 Nov.

Shapiro, Mary J. Gateway To Liberty: The Story Of The Statue Of Liberty & Ellis Island. New York, NY: Vintage Books, c1986. 974.71 Sha.

Tifft, Wilton S. Ellis Island. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books, c1990. 325.1 Tif.

Yans-McLaughlin, Virginia. Ellis Island & The Peopling Of America: The Official Guide. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, c1997. 304.873 Yan.

For further information on Ellis Island or any other questions concerning immigration and naturalization, please see our display of informational handouts under these classifications which are located along the window section in the rear of our genealogy collection. The most comprehensive listing of ship passenger list arrivals covering all ports of entry in the United States is the Passenger & Immigration Lists Index edited by P. William Filby. Ft Myers-Lee County Library has the original 3 volume set and all yearly supplements through 2000. The call number is Genealogy Ref. 929.373 Fil.

Compiled by Bryan L. Mulcahy, Reference Librarian, Fort Myers-Lee County Library, 4/29/99.

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