My mom requested a trip to Ellis Island while she was here. It was my first time there and it was pretty cool. The lines were crazy and the school groups dizzying (we went early Thursday morning), but I learned a few new things. Like, most of the immigrants that came to Ellis Island were from Southern Europe, so the chances that my ancestors stopped there is pretty low. Northern Europeans mostly went through the Battery Park "checkpoint". (What do they call it?) It was great to hear so many of the stories of the immigrants; so sad, scary, amazing, and inspirational.