Description: Our immigrant ancestors came to America with their hopes and little money. While some families arrived to relatives or friends who had already settled in the area, many were facing a world that was quite foreign to them.
Focusing on the largest European immigration period of 1880 to 1920, we'll discuss procedures at places like Ellis Island, and travel modes and resources from immigrants' ports of entry. Learn about how immigrant homes, tenements, unions, settlement houses, benevolent and fraternal societies, churches and synagogues helped guide immigrants to jobs, residences, and more. We’ll also discuss immigrant newspapers and their roles in strengthening immigrant communities.
Presenter: Jennifer Alford is a Professional Engineer by day and a genealogist by night. Her work includes a specialty in Jewish research, publishing, and teaching others. She finds much joy in her work as Publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth.