A New Beginning - Ellis Island - New York City

Real Estate Agent

Seeing Ellis Island was an incredible experience.  As an immigrant myself - albeit to Canada and as a baby - It gave me goosebumps walking through the museum and hearing the stories. Later I asked my daughter Rachel what her favorite part of our visit to New York was, and she said "Ellis Island".  Interesting eh?

Admission is free, part of a two stop ferry trip to the Statue of Liberty and well worth taking. From watching and listening to video/audio testimonials of Ellis Island immigrants, to viewing their bunk areas, to where and how the medical exams took place, and seeing the great hall once crowded with men women and children, to perusing the ships' mandates with list upon list of immigrants desiring nothing better than to start a new life in 'America'.... a not to be forgotten - emotional journey... back into history.


Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's first federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, the station processed over 12 million immigrant steamship passengers. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990.

Today, over 40% of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island


The first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old girl from County Cork, Ireland, on January 1, 1892. Along with her two brothers, she was coming to America to meet her parents, who had moved to New York two years prior. She received a greeting from officials and a $10.00 gold piece.

The last person to pass through Ellis Island was a Norwegian merchant seaman by the name of Arne Peterssen in 1954.

Famous Ellis Island immigrants  include: Charles Atlas (Italian Bodybuilder), Irving Berlin (Russian Composer), Frank Capra (Italian Director), Albert Einstein (German Physicist), Al Jolson (Lithuanian Actor), Bela Lugosi (Hungarian Actor), Knute Rockne (Norwegian Athlete), Rudolph Valentino (Italian Actor).


Want to follow my journey?

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Speechless Sunday - Leaving on a Jet Plane

Evening in New York

Speechless Sunday - The Grandest of the Grands

New York City's - Top of the Rock

New York's Coney Island - and the Wonder Wheel!

Coal Fire Oven Baked Pizza at Grimaldi's of New York

A Walk Across Brooklyn Bridge - New York

New York's Iconic Times Square and Theatre District

Speechless Sunday - Wall $ Paper

Name That Photo - Reveal - Times Square New Years Eve Ball

Thoughtful Thursday - Sidewalk Catwalk - New York City

Wordless Wednesday - New York Sunrise

Ground Zero - 911 - Lest We Forget

St. Patrick's Cathedral - New York City

New York's Financial District and Ground Zero

The United Nations - And the Lonely Briefcase

Lady Liberty - How Sweet She is!


If you or someone you know is thinking of Buying or Selling property in Cultus Lake, Chilliwack, Hope, Abbotsford, Langley or anywhere in the Fraser Valley Area of B.C. - or if you would like more information please give Liz  Moras of Landmark Realty Chilliwack a call at- 604-799-0459 or e-mail at lizmoras@gmail.com.     

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Comments (5)

Susan Laxson CRS
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Naples, FL
Realtor in Naples & Marco Island, FL

Liz, beautiful presentation of Ellis Island!  Thank you for sharing it with us!  ~ Susan

Sep 24, 2010 10:56 AM
Cindy Garruba
North Fork Home Staged to Sell - Riverhead, NY

2 of my grandparents came through Ellis Island, I live on Long Island and I haven't been there in a long time.  You paint a beautiful picture and I really will make a point of planning a visit.

Sep 24, 2010 11:24 AM
Mara Hawks
First Realty Auburn - Auburn, AL
Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL

hey Liz, I love your collage & fascinating photos. So interesting to read about the first and the last people to enter our country through Ellis Island. Annie Moore must have been my ancestor, as they came from Ireland and my maiden name is Moore. Thanks for the fun and interesting post!

Sep 24, 2010 12:32 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Another famous person to pass through Ellis Island was my Grandpa...famous in my book anyway!  I love your photos from your visit to NY!

Sep 24, 2010 09:31 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Thanks for the fabulous photos, Liz.  I remember visiting Ellis Island many years ago, and trying to imagine my widowed great grandfather arriving with his small son, my grandfather, after such a long journey.  They came her to escape the potato famine in Ireland, and settled amongst other Irish in Kansas.

Sep 25, 2010 12:00 AM