First Look: Relauched Ellis Island Immigration Passenger Search Website

By Diane Haddad

The free Ellis Island passenger search website has undergone a dramatic makeover. The old, early 2000s site has been replaced by a modern, slick-looking site with lots of graphics and photos.

EllisIsland.org now redirects to www.libertyellisfoundation.org, which combines the contents of the former Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, Wall of Honor and Flag of Faces websites.

The site, in beta, also is adding new passenger records from the years 1925 through 1957. The previous site stopped at 1924, when immigration slowed due to restrictive quotas. About two-thirds of the later records are already searchable on the site, with the rest coming closer to the end of the year.

Registered users of the old EllisIsland.org will need to select a new password by clicking the login link in the top right corner and choosing Forgot Password, or you can opt to log in with Facebook.

You’ll find the passenger and ship records search under Ellis Island in the navigation menu (or at www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger>).

Here, you’ll see a basic search, with name search options below the search box.

The “last name as first” option is new (I think), and awesome