Immigration History Center
Did your family come through Ellis Island?
Between 1892 and 1924, 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island. The American Family Immigration History Center fulfills a dream held by millions of Americans who trace their roots back to these immigrants: a way to learn about their families’ journey to America.
The National Park Service (NPS) wanted to preserve and make accessible the 3.5 million ship manifests and 22 million passenger records of those who arrived at the Port of New York during Ellis Island’s heyday. ESI worked with NPS to digitize and create an easily searchable database. Now at the museum and on the web, visitors can quickly locate relatives and see the wealth of information collected from passengers at embarkation points. They can also print a copy of the manifest that bears a relative’s name as well as a photograph of the ship that carried him or her to Ellis Island. ESI also designed the Center’s physical environment, which complements the historic building.