Today at noon, join Jackie Schalk, Director of the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island, for a virtual talk about Ellis Island. How far would you travel to find a better life? If you answered “whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the twelve million immigrants who passed through the Golden Door. Some 100 million Americans trace their roots through Ellis Island, the gateway through which our ancestors began their American dream.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration historic photo historic photoImage courtesy Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, from National Park Service.

Jackie will share interesting facts – and dispel some myths – about the immigrant experience. She’ll review the Foundation’s extensive passenger database, offering tips for embarking on your own genealogical journey. Jackie Schalk has been the Site Manager for the History Center at the National Museum of Immigration for 13 years. She is a genealogist and Shennachie Elect for a clan in Scotland. All of her ancestors passed through to the Port of New York including her father, a 1st generation immigrant.

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration historic photo immigration hallImage courtesy Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

This live talk is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code STAYHOME (or three months free with a yearly plan). A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Virtual Content section of our website.