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The Great Hall on Ellis Island. The Great Hall was the main waiting area for immigrants until their paperwork was processed. Note the 46-star American flag, which dates this photo of the Great Hall between 1907-1912.
Shipping Manifest of passengers arriving to Ellis Island, 1913. The manifest lists each passengers name, date of birth, occupation (farmer, child, etc.), ability to read and write, nationality (Russian, Persian, et,), race or people (Persian, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, etc.), previous country of residence, nearest relative, and final destination. Source:
During the years of Ellis Island immigration from 1892-1924, there were more than twenty million individual stories that would eventually be shared with family and friends. Whether passengers or crew, first class or steerage, the voyage was an unforgettable experience. (
These immigrants [third class or steerage passengers] traveled in crowded and often unsanitary conditions near the bottom of steamships with few amenities, often spending up to two weeks seasick in their bunks during rough Atlantic Ocean crossings. Upon arrival in New York City, ships would dock at the Hudson or East River piers. First and second class passengers would disembark, pass through Customs at the piers and were free to enter the United States. The steerage and third class passengers were transported from the pier by ferry or barge to Ellis Island where everyone would undergo a medical and legal inspection. If the immigrant's papers were in order and they were in reasonably good health, the Ellis Island inspection process would last approximately three to five hours. The inspections took place in the Registry Room (or Great Hall), where doctors would briefly scan every immigrant for obvious physical ailments. Doctors at Ellis Island soon became very adept at conducting these "six second physicals." By 1916, it was said that a doctor could identify numerous medical conditions (ranging from anemia to goiters to varicose veins) just by glancing at an immigrant. The ship's manifest log (that had been filled out back at the port of embarkation) contained the immigrant's name and his/her answers to twenty-nine questions. This document was used by the legal inspectors at Ellis Island to cross examine the immigrant during the legal (or primary) inspection. Source:
The S.S. Batavia carried 2,584 immigrants to Ellis Island on June 8, 1903. This ship set a record for the greatest number of passengers to arrive at New York City at one time.
One family's journey. This is a class project I made for a technology integration class while attending college. I was an elementary ed major, so I'm happy that so many teachers h...

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