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Genealogy > Ellis Island Records

Visitor’s Center and Website - In April of 2001, the American Family Immigration History Center® opened, allowing visitors to physically visit Ellis Island and its incredible Immigration Museum.  But even more importantly, they launched their website where you can explore online the extraordinary collection of records of the more than 25 million passengers and members of ships’ crews who entered the United States through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. A couple of years ago, the Liberty Ellis Foundation combined and revamped their several websites into on, and now Ellis Island records are accessed via http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger.  It’s still free, so if you don’t have an Ancestry.com subscription, use this site (or use FamilySearch.org here). There are three main records you can get from the Liberty Ellis site - Passenger Records, Ship Images, and Manifests.  Click on these links to see more details on each of these record types.

The Ridulfo’s Who Came Through Ellis Island - A simple search on the Liberty Ellis site for “Ridulfo” returns a list of about 30.  A few more Ridulfo’s were found entered with their names misspelled.  Click here to see a complete summary of these Ridulfo’s, including all the pertinent data from the original manifests, as well who these immigrants are related to.  From this summary, you can also click links to each immigrants’s Ellis Island record page.  On page 2 of the summary, there are 6 additional Ridulfo’s who came into the U.S. via New Orleans.

Manifest Archives - Click here to go to the archive page with the actual Manifests for the Ridulfo Family who came to America through Ellis Island (and other ports too).

Wall of Honor- The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, located outside of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, is a permanent exhibit of individual or family names.  Click here to learn more.

Ellis Island - A Brief History... From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Prior to 1890, the individual states (rather than the Federal government) regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden in the Battery (originally known as Castle Clinton) served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890 and approximately eight million immigrants, mostly from Northern and Western Europe, passed through its doors. Throughout the 1800's and intensifying in the latter half of the 19th century, ensuing political instability, restrictive religious laws and deteriorating economic conditions in Europe began to fuel the largest mass human migration in the history of the world. It soon became apparent that Castle Garden was ill-equipped and unprepared to handle the growing numbers of immigrants arriving yearly. The U.S. government intervened and constructed a new Federally-operated immigration station on Ellis Island, which opened on January 1, 1892. Over the next 62 years, more than 12 million came through this port of entry. During the evening of June 14, 1897, a fire on Ellis Island, burned the immigration station completely to the ground. Although no lives were lost, many years of Federal and State immigration records dating back to 1855 burned along with the pine buildings that failed to protect them. On December 17, 1900, the new (fireproof) Main Building was opened. Source: Liberty Ellis Foundation. Click here for a more complete history.

Some Additional Ellis Island Web Resources:

- US Citizenship.info (Thanks to Brooke Thompson and student
       Bobby S. of Bear Mountain School in Bellevue, Washington)

- From Immigrant to Local Citizen (Thanks to Kimberly
       Osgood of Enriching Kids in Indiana)

- CleaningServiceNewYorkCity (Thanks to student Alana
        and volunteer leader Leanne Whitfield of PhillySocial.org)

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