Dick’s article is one of the best I’ve read about Ellis Island. He offers a great summary of the history and processes immigrants were required to endure in order to be admitted to America.
He also mentions many other ports of calls used for immigration into America that you may not be aware of unless you’re a history buff.
He also dispels some of the myths about name changes often heard in family histories to explain how a families surname was changed at Ellis Island by a government employee who could not correctly record the immigrants name.
A must read to help you better understand the history of Ellis Island and how immigrants were admitted to America.
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Ellis Island and Your Ancestors