If you’ve never made it to Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty to look up your ancestors, you can now do a complete research session at home!
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has started a new service for these digital times, where their research experts will figure out the story of your own family’s journey through Ellis Island.
All you have to do is donate $30—which will also help support a local historical organization and keep these treasured records accessible—and then share as much information about the person you want to research as possible (name, maiden name, age, country of origin, etc). Then a member of their research staff, the same who would be in the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island, will conduct a 30-minute research session to uncover your family’s connection to Ellis Island.
If they find your family member’s records, they will send you a free digital copy of the Ship Manifest which documents your ancestor’s arrival in America. And when their office reopens, they’ll send you a hard copy on archival paper (shipped for free).
And if the team isn’t able to find your great great grandfather? You’ll still get a 10% off code for anything in their shop.
Get things started by purchasing one—which will only be available for a limited time—in their shop here!
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