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A Closer Look (Finding Family) #196732

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 27, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A closer look at the Ellis Island Website allowing people to trace their immigrant roots introduced; scenes shown from Ellis Island today. [Ellis Island Stephen BRIGANTI - cites the number of paid viewers.] [Librarian of Congress James BILLINGTON - says people want to know where they came from; explains that genealogy is stories.] [At Ellis Island, three PEOPLE - express interest.] The role of the Mormon Church in organizing the immigration records outlined. [Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Elder Todd CHRISTOFFERSON - cites the importance of family.]

(Washington: Michele Norris) The importance of the records of the Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company for the history of black families examined; details given about this treasure trove of records compiled by the Mormon Church. [Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation William HALEY - says this is a "Rosetta Stone."] [Genealogist Richard BURNRIDGE - comments on personal discoveries.]

Jennings, Peter;
Norris, Michele

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