How many Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island?

How many Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island?

Answer: 40%


According to the National Parks of New York Harbor, “it is believed that approximately 40 percent of America’s population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.” Situated at the mouth of the Hudson River, Ellis Island is considered the “gateway to America”. Below are pictures of one of America’s most famous monuments.

Ellis Island buildings circa 1893

Ellis Island buildings circa 1893.


First Ellis Island Immigrant Station, opened on January 1, 1892. Built of wood, it was completely destroyed by fire on June 15, 1897.

First Ellis Island Immigrant Station, opened on January 1, 1892. Built of wood, it was completely destroyed by fire on June 15, 1897.






Second Ellis Island Immigration Station, opened on December 17, 1900, as seen in 1905

Second Ellis Island Immigration Station, opened on December 17, 1900, as seen in 1905.






Arriving at Ellis, circa 1908 (photo by Lewis Hine)

Arriving at Ellis, circa 1908 (photo by Lewis Hine).






Radicals awaiting deportation, 1920

Radicals awaiting deportation, 1920.






Immigrants being inspected, 1904

Immigrants being inspected, 1904.






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Immigrants coming up the boardwalk from the barge, which has taken them off the steamship company’s docks, and transported them to Ellis Island. The big building in the background is the new hospital just opened. The ferry-boat seen in the middle of the picture runs from New York to Ellis Island.






Immigrants Landing at Ellis Island

Immigrants Landing at Ellis Island.






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Public Health Service physicians checking immigrants arriving to the United States for signs of illness. The immigration law of 1891 made it mandatory that all immigrants coming into the United States undergo health inspection by Public Health Service physicians. The largest inspection center was on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. In this 1910 photo, physicians are looking at the eyes for signs of trachoma. Credit: NIH.






The pens at Ellis Island, main hall.

The pens at Ellis Island, main hall.






Immigrants, Ellis Island

Immigrants, Ellis Island.


 


Ellis Island, Contagious Disease Hospital Kitchen, New York Harbor, New York

Ellis Island, Contagious Disease Hospital Kitchen, New York Harbor, New York.






Arriving at Ellis Island

Arriving at Ellis Island.






Approach to the museum building

Approach to the museum building.






Ceiling of the Great Hall

Ceiling of the Great Hall.






East side of the main building

East side of the main building.






Great Hall, where immigrants were processed

Great Hall, where immigrants were processed