Nackerud

108 Years in the USA
1903 - 2011

NORWAY

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THE NEW LAND

Andrew
Gunhilda
Julia
About the Name
Ellis Island
 

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Alf
Harry
Franz
Rolf
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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through the portal of Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Through the years, this gateway to the new world was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to 27.5 acres mostly by landfill obtained from ship ballast and possibly excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system.

Prior to 1890, the individual states (rather than the Federal government) regulated immigration into the United States. Castle Garden in the Battery (originally known as Castle Clinton) served as the New York State immigration station from 1855 to 1890. These early immigrants came from nations such as England, Ireland, Germany and the Scandinavian countries and constituted the first large wave of immigrants that settled and populated the United States. Throughout the 1800's and intensifying in the latter half of the 19th century, ensuing political instability, restrictive religious laws and deteriorating economic conditions in Europe began to fuel the largest mass human migration in the history of the world. It soon became apparent that Castle Garden was ill-equipped and unprepared to handle the growing numbers of immigrants arriving yearly. Unfortunately compounding the problems of the small facility were the corruption and incompetence found to be commonplace at Castle Garden.

The Federal government intervened and constructed a new Federally-operated immigration station on Ellis Island. While the new immigration station on Ellis Island was under construction, the Barge Office at the Battery was used for the processing of immigrants. The new structure on Ellis Island, built of "Georgia pine", opened on January 1, 1892.
 

Wall of Honor: The Nakkerud Family

Overlooking New York Harbor, this beautiful memorial is the largest wall of names in the world. Located in the shadow of Ellis Island's historic Main Building and the Statue of Liberty, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor is a 664 feet long, 4 feet 10 inches high, double sided, semi-circular wall and a 213 feet long adjacent addition which bears the names of nearly 600,000 individuals and families engraved on stainless steel panels as a tribute to our nation's immigrant heritage. Ellis Island is the only national monument where any American can place a name in tribute.

If you visit The Wall, go over to panel 309 and you will find "The Nakkerud Family".  Rolf Nackerud was the person responsible for putting the family name on the wall.  Of course, just like his tombstone, he used "Nakkerud" instead of "Nackerud".
 

Nakkerud family Certificate of Registration at the
American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island

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