Immigration Series, Part II: Ellis Island

Today Ellis Island is a beautifully kept 27-acre island in the Upper Bay of the Hudson River, home to a museum that tells the story of immigration to America. But Ellis Island started out as a 3-acre mound of land peeking above the water level, home to sea gulls, oysters and not much else. Ellis…

June Genealogy Networking Group Wrap-Up

June 5’s Genealogy Networking Group brought us together again (virtually) to share sources, ideas, and experiences. MyHeritage popped up in a couple of different conversations. We were reminded that they are offering a different record group–free–every day during the month of June. Take a look at the schedule and don’t miss the opportunity to search…

Exciting Genealogy Opportunity

Genealogy in June just got a little more exciting. MyHeritage, a subscription genealogy site, is offering free access to a different record collection every day in June. Genealogy blogger Dick Eastman has a list of what record collection will be available on what day.  Many of these record collections are only available by subscription. The…

Immigration Series, Part I: Castle Garden

When you think of your ancestors coming to this country, you probably picture them coming through Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. But another building existed before Ellis Island, and 8 million immigrants passed through its doors between 1855 and 1890. This building was known as Castle Garden. A fort called…