America’s First Immigration Centre


Castle Garden Immigration CentreCan’t remember if I have written about this website before, but here goes. Almost everyone with English ancestor are going to find that someone disappears never to be found again in the British Archives. They may well have been tempted by the adventure of emigrating to America. This website offers background history and a huge database of folk who ventured abroad between 1820 – 1892. Castle Garden was established before the better known Ellis Island.

The website states… is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York.

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