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Before you were able to travel, you had to undergo lice inspection at Ellis Island. Maggie Moyer

Before you were able to travel, you had to undergo lice inspection at Ellis Island. Maggie Moyer

Today, over 100 million Americans - one third of the population - can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island. A song called Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears was written about the immigrants to Ellis Island, New York.

Today, over 100 million Americans - one third of the population - can trace their ancestry to the immigrants who first arrived in America at Ellis Island. A song called Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears was written about the immigrants to Ellis Island, New York.

Italian family looking for baggage, Ellis Island NY 1905; NYPL Digital Gallery

Italian family looking for baggage, Ellis Island NY 1905; NYPL Digital Gallery

Lapland children, (possibly) from Sweden.The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division. Digital ID: 418037. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906-1914]

Lapland children, (possibly) from Sweden.The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division. Digital ID: 418037. Sherman, Augustus F. (Augustus Francis) -- Photographer. [ca. 1906-1914]

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