Bring Your Roadblocks to next Sunday's Genealogy Mtg.
Unbricking the Brick Walls
Sunday, October 12, 2008, 10 a.m.
Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento
Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright Street, Sacramento
Whether you’re a newcomer to researching your family tree or a longtime genealogist, sooner or later you find yourself stumped. Why isn’t Aunt Minnie in the Ellis Island database? Where is Grandpa Myron in the 1880 census? You have a town name, but don’t have a clue as to what country it is now.
Bring your tough questions and take advantage of the collective wisdom of our members. In past sessions, we’ve been able to offer good suggestions to help people surmount their research problems. It's also prompted some spirited discussions.
All are welcome to attend the Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m. meeting at the Albert Einstein Residence Center, 1935 Wright St., Sacramento.
Ellis Island adding histories of Indians, slaves, new arrivals
By Mercury News Wire Services
Article Launched: 09/25/2008 02:00:12 PM PDT
NEW YORK — Ellis Island is expanding its story of U.S. immigration history, including for the first time American Indians and African slaves. Modern-day arrivals also will be added.
A new center being created within the Ellis Island Immigration Museum will tell the history of arrivals both before and after the peak immigration era in the United States of 1892 to 1954, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said Wednesday.
The story of the migration to America "goes back to the beginning of the country and comes up to the present. So there were a good number of people whose stories weren't told at Ellis Island," said Stephen Briganti, the foundation's president and chief executive.
Exhibits will include American Indians, Africans brought here forcibly by slave traders, Europeans who landed on the Eastern seaboard from the 1600s through 1892 and today's immigrants from around the globe.
"It's an important story to tell because Ellis Island is a symbol of inclusion, it's a symbol of diversity and that's what this country is," Briganti said.
Although the new exhibition will touch on the story of illegal immigrants, it will keep its focus on citizenship, an emphasis that was underscored on Wednesday when a dozen men and women, most of them in the armed forces, were sworn in as citizens after the expansion announcement.
When the Peopling of America Center is completed in 2011, the full museum will be renamed Ellis Island: The National Museum of Immigration. Interactive exhibits will trace how waves of immigration changed American towns and will allow visitors to trace their family's history.
The $20 million, 20,000-square-foot center, designed by Edwin Schlossberg of ESI Design, will use space that had been an existing gallery and an adjoining building used by museum staff.
Briganti said the foundation has met more than 75 percent of its fundraising goal.
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