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Was Ellis Island the only immigration inspection station in New York in the 1880's?
This question was brought about by the fact that some of my ancestors immigrated from Russia to New York in the 1880's. The source I have for that fact is a citizenship application. Was Ellis Island the only operating immigration inspection station in New York at the time? If not, what other stations were there?
An earlier facility in New York was called Castle Garden. It processed immigrants from 1855 to 1890. It was replaced by Ellis Island to handle a larger volume of immigrants.
Just to clarify what the previous two answers are saying, if your ancestors came to NYC in the 1880s, they did not come through Ellis Island. They came through Castle Garden.
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