Improvements Made to Ellis Island Database

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Recently, a major improvement was made to the Ellis Island database titled Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records (1892-1924) at In the past, individuals who clicked on a result from this database (containing content from The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation) were sent to The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s website sign-up screen. Now, when they click on the link to access that database they are sent immediately to the record. Click here to search the Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records (1892-1924). This database is free to access.

What is the Ellis Island database?
The Ellis Island database contains an index to more than 22 million records of individuals who entered the Port of New York through Ellis Island between 1892-1924. The Ellis Island database was created by more than 12,000 volunteers from who spent more than 5 million hours over seven years working on this database. The database allows approximately 40 percent of Americans to trace back their roots to an ancestor who entered this country through Ellis Island during this time period.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center® ( Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

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