• 987 Gateway to America

    1 month ago - By Diane Campion

    Several years ago, I attempted to research my enormous family's family trees. It was a daunting task that found me at the dining room table at 6:00 pm still working in my pajamas for too many days. I had to give up, but what I learned changed me. My family came to America beginning in the late 1800's from Lebanon to France where they boarded the ship to America. On the Ellis Island website, I discovered a wealth of information via the ships' manifests. So much about each passenger was recorded on those manifests-the immigrant's age, eye color, amount of money in their pocket, occupation...
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