Register for Webinar Wednesday - Angel Island's Immigrants from 80 Countries: Stories from the West Coast Counterpart to Ellis Island by Grant Din
While people who have heard about Angel Island might know about the Chinese poetry carved on its walls, what is less known is that over half a million immigrants from eighty countries were processed by officials on the island, and genealogical resources are still available to researchers. There were generally more barriers to Angel Island immigrants than on Ellis Island, and case files document these challenges faced by immigrants. Learn from examples of Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Korean, Russian, and South Asian immigrants, as well as the island's use to house "enemy aliens" from Hawaii and the West Coast during World War II, and find out about the National Archives and other resources that might be available for your own research.
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About the presenter
Grant Din has conducted genealogical research for over thirty years and currently serves on the board of the California Genealogical Society. He served on the staff of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation for eight years and currently volunteers there to manage the Immigrant Voices website with over 220 stories of West Coast immigrants from throughout the world. Grant's interest in genealogy started at a wedding reception in his youth, where a relative showed him a page from a family tree showing he is in the 36th generation of the Gong family (he's also a 24th generation Owyang). He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University, an M.A. in public policy analysis from Claremont Graduate University, and a B.A. in sociology with emphasis on urban studies from Yale University, and has traveled throughout the U.S., China, and Japan for his research. Recently, Grant was a part of the research team for The Six, an upcoming film about the Chinese who survived the Titanic. He has over thirty years of experience in the Bay Area non-profit sector and lives with his family in Oakland, CA.
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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at: