What a wonderful story! More than 80 years after her death, the first person to pass through Ellis Island finally has a marker on her last resting place, according to this story from the New York Daily News.
One commenter notes, “By the way, a very skilled researcher & genealogist, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, found the real Annie. The legend was that she’d married & died in Texas, but it wasn’t too likely. Ms. Smolanyak found the NYC records & traced the family.”
Also on October 18, 2008 – she will be in Huntsville, AL – sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library – speaking on “Trace Your Roots with DNA,” “Beyond Y-DNA: Your Genetic Genealogy Options,” “Reverse Genealogy: Techniques for Finding Your Lost Loved Ones” and “Welcome to Roots Television!” at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 700 Monroe St. SW.