Follow these step-by-step secrets to searching the Ellis Island passenger database.
Let’s say you’re searching for a Norwegian immigrant named John Olsen. Here’s an example of how you might go about it:
1. Do a basic search. Begin your search on the EllisIsland.org home page
by filling in at least a last name. If the surname is common, add a
first name, year of birth and gender. Next, click on Start Search.