CastleGarden.org is a free resource and a great resource, not only for family historians and genealogists, but also for educators, students, and the interested public.
It’s an educational project of The Battery Conservancy, offering access to an amazing database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820–1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans are able to trace their ancestors through this invaluable resource.
Castle Garden is an educational project and is known today as Castle Clinton National Monument. It’s the major landmark within the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan, known as The Battery. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center and a collaboration between New York State and New York city.
“The Battery remains one of the oldest public open spaces in continuous use in New York City. Native Americans fished from its banks, and the first Dutch settlers built a low, stone wall with cannons, a battery, to protect the harbor and the fledgling city of New Amsterdam. The transformations of The Battery and the Castle tell the history of New York and, by association, the growth and development of our nation.”
Click on CastleGarden.org to learn more and, if you have the bandwidth, support is needed to complete the complete digitization of the original ship manifests.