Ellis Island Immigrants Now on Database

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 40% of the population of
 the United States can trace their roots through ancestors who entered this
 country through Ellis Island.  Thanks to a unique partnership between the
 National Park Service, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, and The
 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a unique research facility is
 opening on Ellis Island.  The facility, as well as the accompanying web site
 (www.ellisislandrecords.org), will allow people to easily find information on
 the 22-million immigrants who came through Ellis Island between 1892-1924.
     A press conference on Tuesday, 17 April at 11:00 a.m. EST on Ellis Island
 will announce the grand opening of the American Family Immigration History
 Center and the release of a new searchable database.  The database is a result
 of a 7-year extraction project administered by The Church of Jesus Christ of
 Latter-day Saints.
     The Center will be housed in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and will
 use state-of-the-art interactive computer technology to bring to life the
 immigration records of ancestors who came to this country as long as a century
 ago.  Visitors to the center will be able to scan in family photographs and
 personal documents and enter audio recordings to store in the Center's
 national family history archive.  The database also contains family histories
 and global migration facts and maps.
     Following the press conference, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), a video news release
 will be broadcast via satellite.  The script for the video news release is
 attached.
 
                             Satellite Information:
                                    KU BAND
                                     GE3K17
                           Downlink Frequency 12040 H
                                87 Degrees West
                                     C-BAND
                                 Telstar 6 C/11
                                     3920 V
                                93 Degrees West
 
                         Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2001
                        Feed Time: 12:00 to 12:30 PM EST
 
                   Tech Contact: Pat Nielsen, (801) 575-7551
 
     ELLIS ISLAND
     NEWS RELEASE VNR
     The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
     Contact: Michael Purdy (801) 240-2363
     Producer: Michael Purdy
     Project: Ellis Island
     Date: April 01
     Length: 2:52
 
     Suggested Intro:
     It is estimated that forty percent of the population of this country can
 trace their roots through Ellis Island.  Thanks to a unique partnership
 between the National Park Service, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
 Foundation, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a research
 facility has been developed on the island to make searching for ancestors
 easier.
     TRAX
     THESE ARE THE FACES THAT TRANSFORMED A NATION.  THE FACES OF IMMIGRANTS
 WHO CAME TO AMERICA A CENTURY AGO ... THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR A BETTER LIFE
 PACKED ALONG WITH THEIR LUGGAGE.  FOR MILLIONS OF THEM, THEIR FIRST STEP ON
 AMERICAN SOIL HAPPENED HERE ... ON ELLIS ISLAND.
 
     SOT
     Steven Briganti / Foundation director
     "About 40% of the population of the country living today can trace the
 roots of at least one or more ancestor through the port of New York."
 
     TRAX
     FINDING INFORMATION ON THESE ANCESTORS HAS BEEN DIFFICULT ... UNTIL NOW.
 THE STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
 HAVE DEVELOPED THE AMERICAN FAMILY IMMIGRATION HISTORY CENTER ON ELLIS ISLAND
 ... AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER CENTER WHERE FAMILIES CAN EASILY FIND THEIR ROOTS.
 
     SOT
     Steve Briganti
     "We are in fact building a major part of the history of this country and
 making it easier for people to find this information."
 
     TRAX
     ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES INVOLVED TRANSCRIBING THE PASSENGER
 MANIFESTS OF THE 22 MILLION IMMIGRANTS AND BUILDING A SEARCHABLE DATABASE.
 THE FOUNDATION TURNED TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS FOR A
 SOLUTION.
 
     SOT
     Wayne Metcalfe
     "It was a very difficult undertaking for us.  You have the difficulty of
 reading different individual's handwriting ... you had multiple nationalities
 represented in the names that are on the manifest."
 
     TRAX
     TWELVE THOUSAND CHURCH VOLUNTEERS PUT IN NEARLY 6 MILLION MAN HOURS TO
 COMPLETE THE PROJECT.
 
     SOT
     Steve Briganti
     "I don't think we could have done it without them because the width,
 breadth, and scope of their volunteer effort would have cost us millions and
 millions of dollars."
 
     (NATS SOUND - COMPUTER DEMO)
     "Your search begins with a series of questions about the passenger you
 want to find."
 
     TRAX
     THE CENTER IS COMPLETELY INTERACTIVE.  NOT ONLY CAN YOU SEARCH THE
 DATABASE, YOU CAN ADD TO IT.
 
     Edwan Schlossberg / Principle Designer (06:13:14:21)
     "We designed the experiences so they can be collective.  So it's not just
 you sitting in front of a console doing one thing.  The idea is you can bring
 your extended family and all of you can do things together."
 
     TRAX
     LIKE MAKE A SCRAPBOOK.  YOU BRING IN PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS, SCAN THEM, AND
 DESIGN YOUR OWN PAGE.  AND IF YOU CAN'T GET TO ELLIS ISLAND, YOU CAN ACCESS
 THE CENTER DIRECTLY THROUGH THE INTERNET.
 
     NATS SOUND - Mrs. Gabachio showing family photograph
     "This is my father, mother, brother", etc.
 
     TRAX
     FELICITA GABACHIO EXPERIENCED ELLIS ISLAND FIRSTHAND WHEN SHE IMMIGRATED
 FROM ITALY WITH HER FAMILY WHEN SHE WAS SIX YEARS OLD.  SHE THINKS THE NEW
 CENTER HELPS LINK THE PRESENT TO THE PAST.
 
     SOT
     Felicita Gabachio (09:24:06)
     "I think it sort of gives you a reason for being here.  It gives you a
 feeling that, 'I'm not the only thing that ever was.'  There was somebody
 before me and somebody before them.  You feel a connection with your past much
 more than if you never knew about it."
 
     Suggested anchor tag:
     For more information on these records, go to www.ellisislandrecords.org.
 
 

SOURCE The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 40% of the population of
 the United States can trace their roots through ancestors who entered this
 country through Ellis Island.  Thanks to a unique partnership between the
 National Park Service, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, and The
 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a unique research facility is
 opening on Ellis Island.  The facility, as well as the accompanying web site
 (www.ellisislandrecords.org), will allow people to easily find information on
 the 22-million immigrants who came through Ellis Island between 1892-1924.
     A press conference on Tuesday, 17 April at 11:00 a.m. EST on Ellis Island
 will announce the grand opening of the American Family Immigration History
 Center and the release of a new searchable database.  The database is a result
 of a 7-year extraction project administered by The Church of Jesus Christ of
 Latter-day Saints.
     The Center will be housed in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and will
 use state-of-the-art interactive computer technology to bring to life the
 immigration records of ancestors who came to this country as long as a century
 ago.  Visitors to the center will be able to scan in family photographs and
 personal documents and enter audio recordings to store in the Center's
 national family history archive.  The database also contains family histories
 and global migration facts and maps.
     Following the press conference, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), a video news release
 will be broadcast via satellite.  The script for the video news release is
 attached.
 
                             Satellite Information:
                                    KU BAND
                                     GE3K17
                           Downlink Frequency 12040 H
                                87 Degrees West
                                     C-BAND
                                 Telstar 6 C/11
                                     3920 V
                                93 Degrees West
 
                         Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2001
                        Feed Time: 12:00 to 12:30 PM EST
 
                   Tech Contact: Pat Nielsen, (801) 575-7551
 
     ELLIS ISLAND
     NEWS RELEASE VNR
     The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
 
     Contact: Michael Purdy (801) 240-2363
     Producer: Michael Purdy
     Project: Ellis Island
     Date: April 01
     Length: 2:52
 
     Suggested Intro:
     It is estimated that forty percent of the population of this country can
 trace their roots through Ellis Island.  Thanks to a unique partnership
 between the National Park Service, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
 Foundation, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a research
 facility has been developed on the island to make searching for ancestors
 easier.
     TRAX
     THESE ARE THE FACES THAT TRANSFORMED A NATION.  THE FACES OF IMMIGRANTS
 WHO CAME TO AMERICA A CENTURY AGO ... THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS FOR A BETTER LIFE
 PACKED ALONG WITH THEIR LUGGAGE.  FOR MILLIONS OF THEM, THEIR FIRST STEP ON
 AMERICAN SOIL HAPPENED HERE ... ON ELLIS ISLAND.
 
     SOT
     Steven Briganti / Foundation director
     "About 40% of the population of the country living today can trace the
 roots of at least one or more ancestor through the port of New York."
 
     TRAX
     FINDING INFORMATION ON THESE ANCESTORS HAS BEEN DIFFICULT ... UNTIL NOW.
 THE STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND FOUNDATION AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
 HAVE DEVELOPED THE AMERICAN FAMILY IMMIGRATION HISTORY CENTER ON ELLIS ISLAND
 ... AN INTERACTIVE COMPUTER CENTER WHERE FAMILIES CAN EASILY FIND THEIR ROOTS.
 
     SOT
     Steve Briganti
     "We are in fact building a major part of the history of this country and
 making it easier for people to find this information."
 
     TRAX
     ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES INVOLVED TRANSCRIBING THE PASSENGER
 MANIFESTS OF THE 22 MILLION IMMIGRANTS AND BUILDING A SEARCHABLE DATABASE.
 THE FOUNDATION TURNED TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS FOR A
 SOLUTION.
 
     SOT
     Wayne Metcalfe
     "It was a very difficult undertaking for us.  You have the difficulty of
 reading different individual's handwriting ... you had multiple nationalities
 represented in the names that are on the manifest."
 
     TRAX
     TWELVE THOUSAND CHURCH VOLUNTEERS PUT IN NEARLY 6 MILLION MAN HOURS TO
 COMPLETE THE PROJECT.
 
     SOT
     Steve Briganti
     "I don't think we could have done it without them because the width,
 breadth, and scope of their volunteer effort would have cost us millions and
 millions of dollars."
 
     (NATS SOUND - COMPUTER DEMO)
     "Your search begins with a series of questions about the passenger you
 want to find."
 
     TRAX
     THE CENTER IS COMPLETELY INTERACTIVE.  NOT ONLY CAN YOU SEARCH THE
 DATABASE, YOU CAN ADD TO IT.
 
     Edwan Schlossberg / Principle Designer (06:13:14:21)
     "We designed the experiences so they can be collective.  So it's not just
 you sitting in front of a console doing one thing.  The idea is you can bring
 your extended family and all of you can do things together."
 
     TRAX
     LIKE MAKE A SCRAPBOOK.  YOU BRING IN PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS, SCAN THEM, AND
 DESIGN YOUR OWN PAGE.  AND IF YOU CAN'T GET TO ELLIS ISLAND, YOU CAN ACCESS
 THE CENTER DIRECTLY THROUGH THE INTERNET.
 
     NATS SOUND - Mrs. Gabachio showing family photograph
     "This is my father, mother, brother", etc.
 
     TRAX
     FELICITA GABACHIO EXPERIENCED ELLIS ISLAND FIRSTHAND WHEN SHE IMMIGRATED
 FROM ITALY WITH HER FAMILY WHEN SHE WAS SIX YEARS OLD.  SHE THINKS THE NEW
 CENTER HELPS LINK THE PRESENT TO THE PAST.
 
     SOT
     Felicita Gabachio (09:24:06)
     "I think it sort of gives you a reason for being here.  It gives you a
 feeling that, 'I'm not the only thing that ever was.'  There was somebody
 before me and somebody before them.  You feel a connection with your past much
 more than if you never knew about it."
 
     Suggested anchor tag:
     For more information on these records, go to www.ellisislandrecords.org.
 
 SOURCE  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints