Historical Photo? Is This Annie Moore Arriving at Ellis Island?

Posted by admin on Feb 3, 2010

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak has published some new amazing photographs of Annie Moore and she needs help to prove whether the picture is truly Annie and her brothers:

“About a month ago, I wrote about the recent discovery of photos of Annie Moore, the Irish teenager who was the first to arrive at Ellis Island when it opened on January 1, 1892. On December 29th of last year, the New York Times featured a photo of Annie that had been located by her great-granddaughter, Maureen Peterson. I was delighted that we could all finally see what this symbol of immigration — and by extension, the American dream — looked like. It was long overdue.

And now we come to the history mystery that I wrote about previously. Discovered by Annie’s great-nephew, Michael Shulman, at the National Park Service’s library at Ellis Island, this image appears to be Annie with her brothers on the day of their arrival at Ellis Island itself:

If that’s true, this photo is historically significant. I would go as far as to call it iconic. But the question is whether the picture is truly Annie and her brothers.

So here’s my plea. If you have expertise in facial recognition, architecture, the history of Ellis Island or the Barge Office that preceded it, or in any area that might contribute to the resolution of this mystery, please post comments here or email me, whether they support the claim or refute it. It was a virtual team of genealogists who restored Annie’s place in history back in 2006, so I’m hoping that a similar crowd-sourcing approach will work again. Let’s find the truth!”

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