Linda wanted a quiet day, and was really tired from all of the walking yesterday. So she went to the mall, and I took the New York subway back to Battery Park and the ferry to Ellis Island. I left at 10:30 a.m. from Queens on the R subway, and was at Battery Park at 11:30. I bought my ticket, and then found the end of the line - it wrapped all the way around the park - maybe 300 yards long. I passed through security after 1 pm. and caught the 1:30 p.m. boat - it stopped at the Statue of Liberty, and got to Ellis Island at 2 p.m. Here's the view from the boat on approach:
This is the entrance to the Ellis Island Immigration Center. You enter into the Baggage Room.
At the west end of the room is the American Family Immigration History Center. This center has the resources of the www.EllisIsland.org web site on computers - the visitors can look for the ship manifests and ship passengers. I stood and watched an excellent docent coax the immigration information from a patron - and then the patron went to a computer for a 35 minute session to find and copy the ship manifest and ships picture. Of course, the patron can buy a beautiful framed reproduction. I sensed the excitement, though. This is really ground-floor genealogy. I'll bet few of these patrons knew before hand that they would have this opportunity.