Stories, memoirs and historical accounts can add depth and rich detail to your story. Read about the travels of a group of people, the success of a business venture and more — giving you insight into the time and place that shaped your ancestors’ lives.

Other Research Resources

Records to bank on
New York’s Emigrant Savings Bank, founded in 1850, collected personal details about account holders that can help your research today. Learn more

How to make a big place seem smaller
Ever wonder why so many people in your ancestor’s neighborhood hail from the same homeland? It’s called chain migration. Read

Good to know
Ellis Island wasn’t the only port in the sea. Learn why you should check other locations too. Read

Fast facts
Get a quick overview of American immigration and the America where your ancestor arrived. Read

Other Immigration Stories

He arrived, just not at Ellis Island

See how one Ancestry member learned her father wasn’t really an Ellis Island immigrant like she’d always believed Read story

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