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Titanic Survivors and Famous Arrivals Featured

March 1st, 2005



You don’t have to be a genealogist or have ancestors who came to America through Ellis Island to enjoy discovering the “famous arrivals” now featured on Among the millions of records that are available online for free as part of the American Family Immigration History Center® brought to you by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, you will find:


  • Madeline Astor—19-year-old pregnant bride of John Jacob Astor IV, who was rescued from the sinking Titanic by the Carpathia and brought with other survivors to New York, while her husband perished with the ship.
  • Rudolph Valentino—legendary silent film star who left Italy penniless to find fame and fortune in America.
  • Henny Youngman—“King of the One Liners” who arrived with his Russian Jewish parents from England, where he had been born just six months earlier.
  • Leslie Howard—British-born son of Hungarian Jews came to America and headed for Hollywood and is best known for his portrayal of the quintessential Southern gentleman Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind.
  • Xavier Cugat—Spanish-born bandleader known as “King of the Rhumba” arrived as a teen-ager from Havana, Cuba, where his family had emigrated years earlier, to further his music career.


These are just a few of the famous immigrants and travelers who are listed on For example, did you know that Harry Houdini and Theodore Roosevelt shared a boat to New York? Or how about Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung?

The “famous arrivals” are included in the immigration and travel information of the 25 million people who entered America through the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1892-1924. Forty percent of Americans can trace their roots back to at least one ancestor whose records are included in this database.

The American Family Immigration History Center® is located at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Its online database has had over 6 BILLION hits since its launch in April 2001. Its fascinating treasure trove of historical information makes one of the most popular genealogical destinations on the Internet.

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