From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. The Ellis Island Foundation is responsible for the restoration of Ellis Island and the preservation of all the records relating to all immigrants

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Direct link between Passenger manifests and Ireland Reaching Out Parishes

Ireland Reaching Out have colloborated for many years with the Liberty Ellis Foundation and is regarded as the key link to connecting all Irish emigrants who passed through the Island back to their parish of origin.  Later on this year, Ellis Island will be incorporating direct links from the passenger manifests to the Ireland Reaching Out parishes of origin, encouraging anyone researching that emigrant to get in contact with the ancestral community.

Statue of Liberty Ellis Island FoundationThe Ellis Island Archives

The ships’ manifests maintained by the Archives document the details of those who passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. The manifests are a vitally important resource as they provide biographical and travel information about those who left Ireland hoping to enter the United States of America and begin a new life. Some travelled with little money and hoped to meet with family members and friends who had already made that journey.

As there are no such details available in Ireland about those who left, particularly during and after the Great Famine, this resource is of immense importance for family history historians and genealogists. Researchers who visit the site can search by passenger name. The passenger details available include, the date and age on arrival, ship name and other biographical information. There are over 25 million passengers and crew listed.

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About the Liberty Ellis Foundation

The Liberty Ellis Foundation was founded in 1982 with the aim of raising funds to preserve the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Since that time, millions of dollars have been raised and through its partner, the National Park Service a restoration project on the monument began. In 1990 the Ellis Island Immigration Museum was unveiled, reflecting not only the story of those who passed through on their way to a new life, but also the giving spirit of those who contributed so generously.