Friday, August 16, 2013

Heritage Groups Host Angel Island Family History Day

Showcase Complex and Controversial History of the Ellis Island of the West

OAKLAND, California—August 14, 2013—The California Genealogical Society, a library and family history research center, will be hosting Angel Island Family History Day on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., at the restored Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park. The event, co-sponsored by the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society, will feature lectures, genealogy resource tables, and free viewing of the Immigration Barracks.

“Angel Island played a crucial role in the family histories of many Bay Area residents,” says Grant Din, Director of Special Projects at the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation.  “Close to one million immigrants were processed at Angel Island between 1910 and 1940, and hundreds of thousands were held at the Angel Island detention center for days, weeks, or months. The Immigration Station is best known for the Chinese poems that were carved in the barracks walls. It housed people from over 80 countries as they sought new lives in the United States."

Angel Island is located in San Francisco Bay, east of the Golden Gate Bridge, and is accessible by ferry from Oakland, Alameda, Vallejo, Tiburon and San Francisco. The U.S. Immigration Station is approximately a one mile walk from the ferry dock at Ayala Cove. Shuttle service is also available for those who do not wish to walk.

For more information, contact Kathryn Doyle at kdoyle@californiaancestors.org or Grant Din at AIISF at gdin@aiisf.org or call 415-348-9200 x11.

Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to preserve, restore and interpret the historic immigration station located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It works closely with Angel Island State Park staff and volunteers.

The California Genealogical Society (CGS) founded in San Francisco in 1898, is one of the premier genealogical resources in Northern California. The society offers research services, online indexes and databases, and a research library in Oakland.

The San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, preservation and distribution of Jewish genealogical knowledge and material, and the sharing of techniques and tools with others who may be researching their Jewish roots.