The database is accessible in two places: within the Family History Center at Ellis Island and via the Foundation’s website. Visitors can start their explorations in one place, continue in another, and share their progress with family and friends.
At the Family History Center, research assistants are available to answer questions and aid you for a nominal fee, which directly supports the operations of the Family History Center and the necessary care of its records. Records, as always, remain free to search online.
The Family History Center is open daily 9:45am – 4:00pm. Sessions must begin no later than 3:30.
Need help getting started? Members at the VOYAGE level and above receive one Immigration Records Search session. You will be teamed with one of our research experts to begin your genealogical journey with a virtual/remote research session. Visit our Membership page for details.
For research tips, check out our Genealogy Primer, downloadable tip sheet, and how-to videos.