Ellis Island in New York Harbor was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the site of the nation’s busiest immigration station from 1892 to 1954. Prior to that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Since 1990, restored buildings on the island host a museum of immigration run by the National Park Service as part of Statue of Liberty National Monument. A 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey. To see the immigration events of Ellis Island documented in this timeline: http://www.ellisisland.org/genealogy/ellis_island_timeline.asp.
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The National Archives at New York City
- New York Passenger Arrival Records, 1820 – 1957
- Complete list of passenger arrival film for the Port of New York, available at NARA’s Northeast Region – New York office
- Select List of Microfilm of Genealogical Value for lists of microfilm available at NARA’s Northeast Region – New York office pertaining to Census, naturalization, and passenger arrival records and more
- Complete list of passenger arrival microfilm available at the National Archives
- National Archives online Microfilm Catalog, Immigrant and Passenger Arrivals
- National Archives main pages: Research in Immigration Records
- Canadian Border Crossing Records, an article in Prologue
- Boston passenger lists held by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- German Immigration to the U.S., 1850-1897, data files in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Irish Famine Passenger Records in the Access to Archives Databases (AAD).
- Italian Immigration to the U.S., 1855-1900, data files in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Russian Immigration to the U.S., 1834-1897, data files in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
- Great Lakes Crew Lists
- Naturalization Records
- Alien Records
“We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.
Throughout our history, immigrants have embraced the spirit of liberty, equality, and justice for all — the same ideals that stirred the patriots of 1776 to rise against an empire, guided the Framers as they built a stronger republic, and moved generations to bridge our founding promise with the realities of our time.
The pursuit of this promise defines our history; with amendments that trace our national journey, the Constitution bears witness to how far we have come. As we celebrate the world’s longest surviving written charter of government, let us remember that upholding our founding principles requires us to challenge modern injustices. Let us accept our responsibilities as citizens, our obligations to one another and to future generations. Let us move forward with the knowledge that in the face of impossible odds, those who love their country can change it. “