May 26, 2003 in Personal

Bring Me Your Tired, Poor and Huddled Masses

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Being a tourist is exhausting but also quite exhilarating at the same time. Despite the monsoon like weather here in New York, I spent the day visiting monuments like the Statute of Liberty and Ellis Island. At Ellis Island, my older sister and I did a search to see if any of our relatives landed there. We found a few Barzey’s from Monsterrat, but not really sure about the family connection. In all the excitment, we called our great Aunt in Montserrat to ask about a few names we found. My family came to the Americas in waves — some during the early 1900s but most came late 1950s though early 1980s. We did find our great grandfather’s name (William Henry Barzey) on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor list, so that was pretty exciting. The whole experience renewed my interest in my family genealogy, so I plan to start working on it again when I get back to Chicago.

One Comment

  1. April 15, 2004 at 3:42 pm


    I came across your blog when a search for “bring me your tired” brought me to your account of visiting Ellis island. I have ancestors who arrived there in the 1600’s “after careful consideration and based on general principle.”
    Chicago on girl!

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