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We The People: Classes to feature family research tips

Sharon Burns: The Oklahoma Genealogical Society has scheduled a series of classes for researchers interested in family history research tools and tips.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Modified: February 8, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014
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The Oklahoma Genealogical Society has scheduled a series of classes for researchers interested in family history research tools and tips. The society's first class, “An introduction to the various immigration processing sites in the Port of New York City, New York,” will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 18 at 4509 N Classen Blvd., Suite 102.

Castle Garden, located at Battery Park in the New York harbor (originally known as Castle Clinton), served as the New York state immigration station from 1855 to 1890. Approximately 8 million immigrants, mostly from northern and western Europe, were processed. These early immigrants came from nations such as England, Ireland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries.

As the number of immigrants grew and officials realized a larger facility was needed, one was built at Ellis Island. From 1892 to 1954, more than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. When the first building on Ellis Island burned, immigrants were processed through the Barge Office while a new building was constructed.

Denise Slattery, OGS Quarterly editor, will provide information about immigrants who were processed through Castle Garden, Ellis Island and the Barge Office. The presentation also will include information about how to use the Castle Garden and Ellis Island websites.

Class size is limited to 10 people who will share five available desktop computers, or attendees can bring a laptop computer to use.

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