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For years he sang about the Irish teen who was Ellis Island's first arrival. Then he learned she was his cousin
by Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

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17 March 2023

On 17 March 2023 CNN reported: The story of Annie Moore captivated audiences from the moment she arrived on American shores. On January 1, 1892, reporters from New York newspapers looked on as Moore walked through the large double doors of the new federal immigration depot at Ellis Island. She'd traveled on the SS Nevada on a 12-day journey from Queenstown, Ireland, with two younger brothers by her side. ...According to the newspaper accounts, a Catholic priest blessed Moore and a top official handed her a $10 gold coin to commemorate the occasion. Then she and her brothers were escorted to a waiting room to reunite with their parents, who'd been living in New York for four years. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

For years Paul Linehan stepped onstage to sing a ballad about a faraway place and a person who seemed to have no connection with his life. The song describes a teenager who walked through Ellis Island's doors in New York Harbor more than 130 years ago. A surprising discovery in 2016 changed his perspective on the tune -- and changed his life in ways he never expected. ... All those years as Linehan had been singing the ballad, an American genealogist had been searching for Annie Moore's descendants.

... the teenager's celebrity faded. But her name became a storied part of American and Irish immigration history.

You can see it on a pub in New York City, a National Park Service boat and even an AI platform that aims to help match refugees with communities where they can resettle.

There's a statue of Annie Moore on Ellis Island, and another one -- showing her with her brothers -- in the Irish town where they set sail.

But who was Annie Moore? And what became of her after her much-celebrated moment in the spotlight?

Those are questions that professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak has thought about for decades.

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