Documentary about Ellis Island

Aerial view of Ellis Island immigrant reception of today

Some places are of greater cultural-historical value to us than others. One of these places is the immigrant reception at Ellis Island. Over 12 million people passed here before they could start their new life in America.

Ellis Island opened its doors on January 1, 1892 as a reception for many a hopeful European. It over to the task of the former immigrant reception center Castle Garden. The reception on Ellis Island was in operation until 1954, when the doors were closed for good.

Geneastuff has found this documentary about Ellis Island which is approx. 30 minutes long. Get yourself something good to drink, relax and take a look at what might have been your ancestor’s first impression of the United States.

The film is except for the Norwegian Copy Act. Anyone can download the film from from