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Searching Family History

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Slightly off-topic, if anyone is interested in researching their family history I found this brilliant website:  

www.ellisislandrecords.org

If you register you can search records of immigrants entering the US around the turn of last century.  It's FREE!

Do a search for your surname and you will find a list of full names, ages, where they were from, the name of the ship they went over in etc.  You can even view the ships original manifest which includes hand-written info like who paid for the trip, the address of the person they were going to visit/stay with, distinguishing marks and even whether they were a polygamist or an anarchist!  Where available there is also a photo and description of the ship itself.  You may find a member of the ships crew with your name  - the staff records are very entertaining.  A cook who can read!  An assett!

Anyway, it makes fascinating reading - go have a look!

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I'll pass that on to my dad, cos he's been doing our family tree for years - Ta!  :)

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Thanks for this site.

Just had a quick look and found two with my mothers maiden name but they they were 1 and 3 years ol at the time and do not appear on the manifest, curiously neither does any adult of the same name.

The manifest numbers given show 2 men with different names also.  ???

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