America Immigration: Ellis Island Processing

Figure 1.--Here newly arrived immigrants are awaiting examination on Ellis Island. The photograph is undated, but it is some time after 1907. We would guess about 1910.

Each prospective immigrant was inspected for disease or disability. The station was structured and arranged, especially the steep stairs, so that inspectors could spot individuals that needed to be closely examined. Over 100 million Americans, about one-third of the population, can trace their ancestry to a man, woman, or child who passed through Ellis Island. Steamship manifest sheet were transferred to inspector's record book in the great Registry Room at Ellis Island.


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