Ellis Island

Ellis Island's Main Registry Building
Ellis Island's Main Registry Building
Identification Tags, Ellis Island

Identification Tags. Upon arrival at Ellis Island, all immigrants had identification tags pinned to their shoulders. The tags indicated the ship manifest page and line number on which the names appeared. An explanation of the tag was printed in 10 languages, including Swedish and Finnish.

Ellis Island Inspection Cards

Inspection Card. This card was attached to the immigrant's clothing and after each inspection, a hole was punched in the card to indicate the immigrant had passed through the various inspection stages.

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