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WWW.ELLISISLAND.ORG ANNOUNCES RELAUNCH WITH IMPROVED SEARCH AND NEW LEARNING CENTER


New York, NY (October 27, 2004) - In celebration of Family History Month, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. today announced the official re-launch of its award-winning website -- www.ellisisland.org -- featuring improved navigation, retooled and advanced search capabilities, as well as family history research tips and forms, free to all users.

The newly revamped site, which contains 25 million ships’ passenger records covering entry through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924, first launched on April 17, 2001 to critical acclaim and a deluge of traffic. To date the site has received over 6 billion hits.

New features offered include:

  • Expanded and improved search capabilities that allow for a more refined search employing the SOUNDEX system and enabling input for the following data fields:
    • First Name of Passenger
    • Last Name of Passenger
    • Gender
    • Marital Status
    • Approximate Year of Birth of Passenger
    • Year Range (Expands range for Year of Birth
    • Approximate Year of Arrival
    • Town/Village of Origin
    • Name of Passenger Ship
    • Ethnicity
  • Improved and streamlined site navigation, with most features just one mouse click away.
  • Genealogy Learning Center which provides a clearing house of immigration information including how-to articles, free downloadable genealogy charts and forms, as well as useful tips on using the new search tools.
  • Ability to easily notify the Foundation of transcription errors via an email link on the Passenger Record page so that they can be corrected once confirmed.
  • The “Ellis Island Society Links Network” which connects visitors seeking additional assistance with societies specializing in local genealogy, history, ethnic and surname research.
  • New content areas including background on the history of Ellis Island, historic photos, and information on planning a visit to Ellis Island.
  • Famous Arrivals Page which links the user to the fascinating information available on the passenger manifests of famous personalities who arrived in the Port of New York as immigrants or simply travelers.
  • And the opportunity for users to purchase a new archival quality commemorative Passenger Arrival Certificate containing up to 11 fields of immigration information.
“We have paid close attention to the feedback we have been receiving from the millions of people who have used our website over the past three years,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. “We are proud of the work we have done so far and pleased to unveil these exciting new features and improvements as an extension of our continued service to all families involved in tracing the lives of their immigrant ancestors.”

To try these new features out for yourself or for more information on The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, visit: www.EllisIsland.org

A variety of additional features are scheduled to be phased in over the coming weeks.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center™ and saved and restored a total of five buildings on Ellis Island. The Foundation promised to its donors in the 1980s and established in 1993 an endowment under the auspices of its board of directors that would annually help maintain the work the Foundation had done on the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and enhance the visitor experience for years to come. Since the endowment’s inception, proceeds from its principal have funded over 200 projects at the islands for a total of $12.3 million. Currently the Foundation is spearheading a campaign to fund critical safety improvements at the Statue of Liberty so that she may again reopen her doors to the public, closed since September 11, 2001.




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