Do not laminate your documents. A laminated document can never be restored to its original state.
Ellis Island was closed in 1954 and declared a National Park in 1956.
Use only accepted abbreviations (no homespun stuff).
Single-nucleotide polymorphism or SNP (pronounced snip) is a test that confirms your haplogroup by determining if a mutation as occurred from its ancestral state.
If you can’t locate your ancestors in US passenger lists, try looking in Canadian records. Immigrants often found it easier and less expensive to sail to Canada and travel overland to the United States.
Get into the habit of jotting down memories.
In the Virginia Militia, free males ages 18 - 50 were members unless exempted.