Finding Ancestors: A Personalized Touch to Your Ellis Island Wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah or Other Family Celebration

Your ancestors shared this same view
Your ancestors shared this same view, and now you’re here celebrating “the good life” they hoped to provide

The family photos table has long been a special, sentimental and personalized touch to wedding decor, and now for your wedding at Ellis Island — or for a bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, sweet 16, quincenera, family reunion or other special celebration, you can create an even more wonderful tribute to your ancestors. Going way back, perhaps, to those who arrived at Ellis Island many generations ago.

Before your celebration day, visit the free Ellis Island passenger records search page and enter your ancestors’ names, and you may discover so much more about the generatios who came before you, and stepped right onto our historic landmark island as they created a new fate and new beginnings for your family tree. You may see not just the names but the ages of children, their city and country of origin, and perhaps even get to see their handwriting on the ship’s manifest. As well as a photo of the ship that carried them to our shores.

Adding such spectacular family history to your wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah or other family event pays homage to the ancestors who embarked on a great adventure, leaving the past behind and looking forward to a glorious future — just as you’re doing with your wedding or your crossing into adulthood, or simply making this day a new day for your entire family gathered on Ellis Island.

We invite you now to take advantage of our available remaining dates for May and June tented affairs on our sprawling lawn and grounds, feasting on gourmet fare and sipping champagne and wine, enjoying the “good life” that your ancestors hoped so dearly to provide for their children and children’s children and all who would come from them.

This day of celebration at our historic venue would make them so proud, and you’ll feel them here with you as you raise your classes in toasts and cheers to the joyful time you’re celebrating right now.