More Stories from Ellis Island Speaker: Fred Voss Lecture Date: 2018-03-17 Summary Speaker Bio Summary From 1892 to 1954, more than 12.5 million immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. Coming from all corners of the world, these souls—whom nearly 40% of Americans can call "family"—left behind possessions and family to reinvent themselves in America. Most were processed through Ellis Island without incident. But some immigrants found themselves detained due to mental or physical illness, because their paperwork was not in order, or because those who were due to receive them did not show. What kind of stories could they tell? This talk will explore the personal, sometimes heartbreaking, stories of those who came through the facility, those whose visit to the US ended there, and those whose stay on the island was unexpectedly lengthy. It will also explain how to decipher the markings on ship manifests. Speaker Bio Fred Voss is a genealogist and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization. He is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. He graduated from Boston College with a BA in Mathematics and more recently has successfully completed the Boston University OnLine Genealogical Research course. He has spent his career working for and with software startup companies such as Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. Since 1990, he has specialized in Internet Identity and Security.