Ellis Island

New York Harbor

Island of Hope

For over three decades, Ellis Island was the symbol of freedom and a new beginning for more than 12 million people that steamed into New York Harbor and passed through the halls of the immigration inspection station.

The facility opened in 1892, taking the place of nearby Castle Garden, which had served as the immigration point of entry since 1855. Located just off the coast of New Jersey, Ellis Island is less than a mile from the Statue of Liberty.


Passenger manifests for the years 1892 through 1924 are generally in excellent condition and available through EllisIsland.org free of charge -- you just need to create an account. For arrivals prior to 1892, you can search CastleGarden.org, although the records are not as complete or detailed. Your biggest challenge in finding records will be misspellings or records that are incorrectly indexed. Deciphering some of the handwriting can also be a challenge!

Timeline of Arrivals

Here are some of the key Ellis Island arrivals in our family's history:

5/1/1901Buonaventura SiragusaVictoriaView, line 27
10/18/1901Giacinta SiragusaSiciliaView, line 20
8/9/1902Stefano SiragusaAlgeriaView, line 30
2/5/1903Anna SiragusaLombardiaView, line 26
5/13/1905Salvatore MalatinoAntonio LopezView, line 26
9/3/1905Salvatora Siragusa ProvinzanoItaliaView, line 6
11/3/1905Giuseppa Dolce Siragusa
Grazia Siragusa
Luciano Siragusa
Domiano Siragusa
LombardiaView, lines 2-5
5/30/1906Francesca Malatino
Giovanni Malatino
LazioView, lines 4-5
4/16/1909Giuseppe Siragusa
Giuseppa Panzarella
CampaniaView, lines 14-15
8/11/1914Giuseppe Siragusa
Giuseppa Panzarella
Giuseppa Bifarella
PatriaView, lines 13-15
2/2/1916Andrea ScuderaPatriaView, line 25

Materials Needed -- You Can Help!

  • Have you visited Ellis Island?
  • Any photos, thoughts, memories, etc. you would be willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

You can contact me at joe@hatfulofrain.com