Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, New York City, New York

This island in New York Harbor was the first stop for millions of new Americans from 1892 to 1954. In addition to searching passenger lists at the American Family Immigration History Center, visitors can learn about the history of immigration to the U.S.


New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts

The NEHGS was founded in 1845 with a broad mandate covering everything from the early colonial period to the history of enslaved people and contemporary migration. It is one of the world’s leading resources for family history research.


Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York City, New York

This museum, which educates visitors about Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust, also houses JewishGen’s offices. This online resource in Jewish genealogy provides access to more than 30 million records.


Museum of French Emigration to Canada, Tourouvre au Perche, France

Located a two-hour drive southwest of Paris, this museum traces the history of some of the original settlers who left the Perche region for New France in the 1600s. Many French-Canadians can still trace their ancestry to these original 324 settlers.


[This story appears in the March 2020 edition of WestJet Magazine.]