Ellis Island fire to be topic of webinar

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar this Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.

The topic will be “How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire.” Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire?

For more information, and links to the handout and the session, go to: www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars

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