Happy 20th Anniversary,
Ellis Island Immigrant Database!

What a difference two decades make By Megan Smolenyak In April of 2001, a miracle occurred. Well, it certainly seemed that way at the time. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) opened the American Family Immigration History Center (AFIHC), launching an online database — digitized and indexed — of the passenger records of millions of immigrants who took...


The Crisis in the
Catholic Church

Please join in the conversation about this important topic; we welcome your comments, thoughts, and feedback. James Carroll’s newest book, The Truth at the Heart of the Lie is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. View Tom’s previous interviews for Irish America with Emma Donoghue, Timothy Egan, John Feerick, and James Nesbitt. Tom Deignan is a teacher, author, and...