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Click "Sign In" at the top of the main menu. You'll be asked for your user name and password.

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If you check the "Remember" box, you won't have to sign in each time you visit. If you've been away from the computer for a while, we may ask you to re-enter your password; when you access certain personalized services (Your Ellis Island File, a Family History Scrapbook, your account information), we may ask you to re-enter your user name and password.

Important: Memorize your Ellis Island user name and password--or write them down in a safe place.

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If you're concerned that other people might accidentally see your personalized Ellis Island pages, don't check the "Remember" box. You can ensure that we ask for your user name and password the next time by clicking "Sign Out" and closing your browser whenever you leave your computer. If you use a shared computer (in a library, Internet cafe, university, airport, or other common area) do not check the "Remember My ID & Password" checkbox.

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Sign out by clicking the "Sign Out" link at the top of any page. Once you've signed out, you can sign in again and choose whether your browser "remembers" or not.

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