GENEALOGY LIFE

Happy 20th Anniversary, Ellis Island Immigrant Database!

What a difference two decades make

Author’s memorabilia from the launch of the AFIHC and database

In April of 2001, a miracle occurred. Well, it certainly seemed that way at the time. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) opened the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC), launching an online database — digitized and indexed — of…

--

--

--

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

A Reporter Detained: On Life Inside ICE Camps

Using Immigration to Define Americans as White and White as American

Migration to and through Panamá

A Christmas Gift for Danny: Please Sign His Petition

For Volunteers At The Southern Border, ‘Heaven-First’ Trumps ‘America-First’

Something Happens When You Move Countries (Part I)

When you ask “Where are you from?” you are asking for someone’s story.

An Illegal Alien, And Putting It On a T-Shirt

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Megan Smolenyak

Megan Smolenyak

Genealogical adventurer & storyteller who loves solving mysteries! You may not know me, but chances are you’ve seen my work. (www.MeganSmolenyak.com)

More from Medium

Bishop Benjamin Turner’s Great Christmas Doppelganger

The Oldest Continually Running Coffee House in the United States

Can a black actress play Anne Boleyn?

American Indians and Conservation Artist Series Featuring James Francis