Wise Wonderful Women
May 14 @ 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM$35.00
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Wise Wonderful Women Lecture and Luncheon series of the Thursday Morning Club will present guest speaker Fred Voss; More Stories from Ellis Island: Those Who Were Held. “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?”
Mr. Voss is a professional genealogist, researcher, educator. and a volunteer tour guide at Ellis Island National Park. His 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.
He has been doing personal genealogy for over 20 years and is a Trustee and Education Chair for the Genealogical Society of Bergen County. His areas of interest are Germany, Switzerland, and New Hampshire, with special interest in DNA, Immigration, and Naturalization.