Edited by Gerald Boerner
Ellis Island is very dear to me and close to my heart. Both branches of my family entered this country through the ports of New York and New Jersey. My maternal grandparents passed separately through Ellis Island around 1910; my paternal great-great-grandparents passed through the port in the mid-1860s before the Ellis Island facility was established. They stood in the lines. They went through the screening. They endured the uncertainty of the whole process. After the process was completed, my father’s family settled in western Minnesota while my mother’s family settled in the Los Angeles area.
We have searched the ancestry record through the generations in this country and have begun the search of records in Germany and Prussia. Unfortunately my maternal grandmother never talked about the process. Programs on the History/History International channels have traced this process in several programs. I have tried to incorporate some f this background with the Ellis Island Web Site and National Parks Service accounts and Wikipedia sources for this posting. In addition, I have included two videos for your enjoyment: one is only about 3 minutes while the other is about 30 minutes long.
So, let’s get this exploration started… GLB
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