Ellis Island, Jersey City, NJ, 2014Extra! Extra! Read all about it! FamilySearch has announced that Ellis Island Records are now online for free. Not just a few, but the complete archive of Ellis Island Records! These include passenger arrival records and passenger lists all for your perusal.

As an added bonus, check out the Archives' previous blog posts about Ellis Island.

Ellis Island, Castle Garden, Customs, and the Old Barge
Ellis Island, a New Beginning

But wait, there’s more! Here are some facts about Ellis Island from History.com.

 • It was used for pirate hangings in the early 1800s
 • The first immigrants to arrive at Ellis Island were three unaccompanied minors
 • Immigrants didn’t have their names changed at the island

Shalini Smith
Archives Assistant