Posted by Ancestry Team on July 2, 2015 in Events, In The Community

From 1910 to 1940, Angel Island (in the San Francisco Bay) was the site of an Immigration Station that functioned as the West Coast equivalent of Ellis Island. Records note about one million people went through the Angel Island Immigration Station (AIISF) and a majority of the immigrants were from Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Russia, and South Asia.

If you have never had a chance to visit the AIISF, now is the time! They are hosting a family history and reunion day on Saturday July 11, 2015 that will feature historians, journalists and volunteers sharing their immigrant stories as well as provide you an opportunity to search their records to help you find your own story.

We spoke with Grant Din, Community Relations Director, about the event and what you can expect if you attend. Watch the video below:

For more details about the Angel Island Immigration Station Family History and Reunion day, please visit their website. Come explore the former U.S. Immigration Station, a National Historic Landmark at Angel Island State Park. It is an incredible community of people to be connected to, and the views from the island are not half bad either.

Ancestry is proud to join the AIISF in helping you unlock your past and we’ll have more on that news in the coming months. For now, we hope you will be able to join us for the Family History and Reunion day and share in this incredible cultural event. If you cannot make this in person, we’ll be onsite sharing live photos and updates, so watch our Twitter channel and our Instagram account.


Did your family come through the AIISF? We want to hear from you! Please share your story in the comments below as we would love to hear from you.


The AIISF could use your help! There is much work to be done to finish the restoration of the Immigration Station. Become a volunteer, support them financially or help spread the word about their efforts. Every bit helps, and counts. Thank you.



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