May 9 2015 Meeting

"Coming To America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors" 
presented by guest speaker Nancy Loe
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego, CA 92119
Follow in the footsteps of your immigrant ancestors who approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through Castle Garden or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn about their experiences as they moved from entries on a ship’s manifest to an inspector’s record book in the massive Registry Room. Even if your ancestors arrived at other U.S. ports, this sessions helps you discover what life was like for new immigrants, what records survive, and what you will find if you visit Castle Garden and Ellis Island today.
Nancy Loe, MA, MLS, is a professional archivist, librarian, and genealogist. Nancy has managed archives and genealogy collections in public and academic libraries, including serving as director of special collections and archives at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for nearly three decades. In addition to directing NEH projects to digitize archives for researchers, Nancy has appeared on PBS's American Experience and California Gold, and at Rootstech and Jamboree.
Her Web site,, features blog posts and genealogy guides on search strategies, primary sources, and organizing genealogy research. Nancy is working on her own family tree in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia, as well as the United States.

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