A new Sassy Jane Guide, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors at Castle Garden and Ellis Island, is coming next month. What did your ancestors experience as they left their homes and sailed to New York, passed through immigration inspections, and entered the country?

Using resources of the National Archives, Library of Congress, academic archives, and genealogy sources, this new Sassy Jane Guide covers the complete immigration experience of your ancestors to New York ports. Focusing on the second and third waves of immigration, from 1855 at Castle Garden to 1920 at Ellis Island, this new Sassy Jane Guide also includes an extensive section on immigration records to aid your family history research.

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“The Immigrant: Is He an Acquisition or a Detriment?” Judge, 19 Sep 1903 (Prints and Photographs, Library of Congress LC-USZC4-3659)

The political cartoon above, “The Immigrant: Is He an Acquisition or a Detriment?” was published in 1903 in Judge, a weekly satirical magazine.

Uncle Sam states, “He is brawn and muscle for my country,” while a politician asserts “He makes votes for me.” A day laborer tugs at the immigrant, saying, “He cheapens my labor.” A uniformed immigration officer claims that the immigrant brings with him disease. Another proclaims him a “menace.” Lastly, a plutocrat in the background states, “He is a puzzle to me.”

The new Sassy Jane Guide includes this and other images, offering a greater understanding what coming to America was like for your immigrant ancestors. Watch this blog and my newsletter for a May release date for Discovering Immigrant Ancestors at Castle Garden and Ellis Island.