Friday, November 05, 2004
In celebration of Family History Month in the U.S., The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. has announced the official re-launch of its award-winning website www.ellisisland.org, featuring improved navigation, retooled and advanced search capabilities, as well as family history research tips and forms, free to all users. The newly revamped site, which contains 25 million ships' passenger records covering entry through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924, first launched on April 17, 2001 to critical acclaim and a deluge of traffic. To date the site has received over 6 billion hits. The list includes anyone entering the U.S. at the Port of New York, and so includes travellers as well as immigrants. Many Canadians traipsed through the Big Apple, including the young Lester B. Pearson and the possible forbears of such illustrious Canadian families as the DesBrisays, Korineks, Kalinowskis, Waisers, Klaassens and so forth. The Miquelons, curiously, did not make their New York debut until 2002.
Posted by Gordon DesBrisay at 1:54 PM