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Immigration/Ellis island


Those wishing to search the Ellis Island database using Steve Morse's amazing tools should
be aware that they are located at www.stevemorse.org. Please update your bookmarks!

Ancestry Daily News and Ancestry Weekly Journal links may no be longer active,
so if there's an article you'd like to see, email us and we'll re-post it with a fresh link.

  • January 23, 2014 - Irish Fireside - "The Best Genealogy Websites for Finding Your Irish Roots" by Megan Smolenyak
  • January 12, 2014 - The Post-Standard - "111-year-old Syracuse Irish woman the longest-living person in Irish history" by Sean Kirst
  • January 9, 2014 - Irish Central - "The longest-lived person ever born in Ireland? Kathleen Snavely, 111, here in greater Syracuse" by Sheila Langan
  • March 13, 2013 - The Kerryman - "A letter from America gets a reply - 29 years on!" by Dónal Nolan
    Read this article in PDF formatPDF
  • March 5, 2013 - Huffington Post - "Letter to Ireland Answered -- 28 Years Later" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 17, 2012 - Huffington Post - "How You Can Help Ellis Island Rise Above the Waters" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 28, 2011 - Huffington Post article - "Statue of Liberty: A Look Back On Her 125th Birthday" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 3, 2011 - Huffington Post article - "Seeds of a Trans-Atlantic Reunion" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 15, 2011 - Huffington Post article - "2011 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 16, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "Seven Tyler: I've Got a Crush on Steven Tyler's Grandfather" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 18, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "Following the Trail of the Oldest Living Irishwoman" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 21, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "Bret Michaels: The Rusyn Roots of the Rock of Love" by Megan Smolenyak
  • May 11, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "Annie Moore and Bruce Springsteen: Living the Dream" by Megan Smolenyak

  • Bruce Springsteen
    at Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

  • April 22, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "2010 Ellis Island Awards: A Useful Reminder of the American Dream" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 8, 2010 - Huffington Post article - "120 Years of Smolenyaks in America: A Note of Gratitude from a Great-Granddaughter" by Megan Smolenyak
  • October 15, 2008 - The Irish Echo article - "Annie's Place" by Ray O'Hanlon
  • October 13, 2008 - Irish Times article - "Ellis Island's first immigrant honoured" by Lucy Kennedy
  • October 8, 2008 - The Irish Echo article - "Annie's Day" by Ray O'Hanlon
  • October 3, 2008 - Huffington Post article - "Seeds of a Trans-Atlantic Reunion" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 18, 2007 - Ancestry Weekly Journal article - "So That's What He Looked Like!"
  • June 22, 2005 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Immigrant Bonanza"
  • April 19, 2005 - 2005 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards
  • December 28, 2004 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Ellis Island Re-Launches"
  • November 2, 2004 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Database Diving in the Hamburg Emigration Database"
  • October 21, 2004 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Database Diving in Ancestry's Immigration Collection"
  • July 16, 2004 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Ships Lists Form for the Ellis Island Database"
  • May - June 2004 - Ancestry Magazine article - "Speeding Up Your Search for Immigrants"
    Read this article in PDF format. Includes photos and screenshots. Published by and provided here with the kind permission of Ancestry magazine.
  • May 14, 2004 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Finding Knute Rockne in the Ellis Island Database"
  • April-June 2004 - Genealogical Computing article - "Steve Morse: A Genealogical Mensch"
  • April 26, 2003 - The Oklahoman article - "Book Facilitates Finding Immigrant Ancestors" by Sharon Burns.
  • April 2004 - Family Chronicle article - "US Passport Applications"
    Read this article in PDF format. Includes photos and screenshots. Published by and provided here with the kind permission of Family Chronicle.
  • July 22, 2003 - Ancestry Daily News article - "A Stoop on Orchard Street"
  • January 30, 2003 - Ancestry Magazine article - "They Came To America"
  • January 2, 2003 - Ancestry Daily News article - "PBS Special on 8 January 2003: They Came To America"
  • December 5, 2002 - Ancestry Daily News article - "New Ellis Island Database Search Tools"
  • August 7, 2002 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Finding Missing Manifests in the Ellis Island Database"
  • July 16, 2002 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Ellis Island Database Tips"
  • May/June 2002 - Family Chronicle article - "Maximizing Your Mileage from the Ellis Island Database"
    Read this article in PDF format. Includes photos and screenshots. Published by and provided here with the kind permission of Family Chronicle. Text also available at About.com
  • April 25, 2002 - Ancestry Daily News article - "Ellis Island Experiment"
  • They Came to America - Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors
    They Came to America Companion to the PBS They Came to America special. Includes a process and worksheets designed to focus your research.






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