“Our country is strong because of generation after generation of immigrants who embraced the ideals of America, and then fought for those ideals, and fought in wars to defend our country, and built companies that employed people, and helped to build the railroads, and the highways, and all the things that we take for granted in this country. Those were built by immigrants. We’re all immigrants. That’s who we are.”
- Fmr. President Barack Obama
Today, take 100 seconds to trace your own immigrant roots using the links below, and share what you find. If you can't find your own ancestors or don't have immigrant roots, call up a relative, an in-law, or a close friend and see if you can help them learn something new about theirs.
Liberty Ellis Foundation (Ellis Island): Searchable database containing more than 51 million individual records, covering the period 1892-1957
Castle Garden: Before Ellis Island opened, 80% of new immigrants to the United States still came through New York, and Castle Garden was the main point of entry. This database has more than 11 million records, covering immigration to the US between 1820 and 1892.
For Additional Resources, see this article from FamilySearch.