Recommended Websites on Immigration

There are many websites available to support a study on immigration. Below is a listing of some our favorites. 

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Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
series explores the Chinese immigrant experience in America. Explore eye witness accounts  from people who have lived the Chinese American saga first-hand, watch segments from the series, view timelines and take a quiz. PBS, 2003.

Ellis Island’s Genealogy Learning Center
Research primary source records to find passengers and ships that came through Ellis Island or the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924.  This site also provides a tutorial on how to conduct genealogy research, complete with references to other online sites that relate to family tree research.  Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

Ellis Island’s “The Immigrant Experience”
Explore a timeline of immigration history that reflects some of the major forces that brought people from all over the world to America’s shores or learn about the stories of six Americans from different backgrounds who have researched their immigrant ancestries and discovered new insights into their families’ pasts – and into themselves. Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

From Ellis Island to Orchard Street with Victoria Confino
Create your own character and follow in the footsteps of an immigrant from Italy, Russia, or Austria-Hungary to Ellis Island and to your new home in a Lower East Side tenement in 1916.  Design your own passport, make decisions about what to bring with you to America, furnish your new tenement apartment, and write a letter to friends and family back in the Old World. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Gods of Chinatown
Join Isabel Chang on this virtual tour of Manhattan’s Chinese temples & fortune telling parlors. God s of Chinatown is a project of the Tenement Museum’s Digital Artist in Residence Program. Isabella Chang is a web artist born in Taipei who immigrated to America at the age of 13. Tenement Museum DARP.

Image Detective
Students become historians as they examine primary source documents. Just like
historians, students pose questions, scan pictures, look for details and describe observations, as well as make speculations and deductions based on their findings. Picturing Modern America, a project of the Center for Children and Technology.

Immigration Explorer
This New York Times interactive map allows you to trace immigrations paths across the United States from 1880 to 2000 by country of origin and destination cities. Students can also explore which immigrant groups have settled in their hometown across the 20th century. The New York Times, 2009.

Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today
Find out what it means to come to the United States as an immigrant from the early 20th century through the early 21st century.  View photographs, listen to oral history clips, and watch original video footage to learn more about what it was like to arrive at Ellis Island 100 years ago or meet and learn about children who have recently arrived to the United States from Kenya, India, and Vietnam.  This site also includes an oral history scrapbook activity, as well as graphs and charts that show how immigration has changed over time.  Scholastic, 2007.

New Americans
Watch clips from The New Americans series, which documents the experience of five immigrant’s journey to America from their homeland to learn what it means to be new Americans in the 21st century.  The site includes a collection of some of the art, food, music and words brought to the United States by recent immigrant groups and allows visitors to  take a quiz about common misconceptions related to immigration.  PBS, Independent Lens films.

Stowaway! An Interactive Immigration Game
Step into the shoes of an 11 year old Italian boy in the year 1910 and choose your own adventure as you emigrate and make a new life for yourself in America.  This website also includes a clickable timeline about New York City history, as well as other activities, but this Q&A game is our favorite activity because it provides a fully interactive simulation experience.  PBS Kids, 2005.

StoryCorps Animation Short About A Family’s Immigrant Experience
StoryCorps’ original animated shorts series features some of our best-loved radio stories. In this immigration short, Blanca Alvarez and her husband risked crossing the border to immigrate into the U.S. and then struggled to make ends meet. They hoped to shelter their children from these harsh realities, but Blanca’s daughter Connie reveals how much children can really see of their parents’ lives—and the inspiration they draw from their struggles. StoryCorps.

StoryCorps Historias
Listen to the stories of Latinos in America and learn about their experiences as immigrants and migrants. StoryCorps Historias is a project to record
the stories of at least 700 Latinos around the country to deliver the StoryCorps experience to Latino communities, to honor these culturally significant voices, and to ensure these voices are represented on public radio. StoryCorps.

The Jewish Museum Immigration Online Resources
This online educator resource features diverse works from The Jewish Museum’s vast collection that relate in to the topic of immigration. Material is developed for elementary, middle and high-school teachers and includes images, information and activities. The Jewish Museum.

Virtual Tour of 97 Orchard Street
The tenements of Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been home for countless immigrants since the early 1800s.  Take a virtual step inside 97 Orchard Street, explore the historic tenement’s tiny apartments, and learn about the immigrants who lived there between 1864 and 1935. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum.