Sunday, May 27, 2012

No Ruppelt?! But there is a Ruppel

On Friday Maura, Nick, my Dad, and I went to New York City to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It turned out to be a beautiful day, actually kind of warm!

We arrived at Grand Central Station and made our way Downtown to Battery Park- the very bottom of Manhattan. We then rode the ferry to the island with the Statue of Liberty and took an audio tour...which was kind of interesting. 
Here is what I learned from our audio tour (Cynthia to be exact)...
- She is a "Big Woman" (Made us all laugh!)
- It is made of Copper
- Her fingernail is the size of your forearm
- Her waste is 35 feet wide
- The man who designed the Eiffel Tower had some part in designing the Statue
- She is VERY thin
- Built 1886

Statue of Liberty and one of the ferrys
Ferry Ride
After exploring the Lady, we took the ferry to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is where millions of immigrants came to the United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's. We took another audio tour, which I found to be more interesting than the Statue of Liberty. I learned about health examinations, where they came from, and 9 million came through (only 2% were sent back). Outside the main building, there were a list of the names of those who came through the island. Of course we looked for Ruppelt, but there were NONE! There were several Ruppel, but I think some may have changed their name to Ruppelt, but who knows? My Dad was determined to find more names in our family and we found a few...check them out below.
Main Hall 
Grandma's (Dad's side) Maiden Name 
Mom's Maiden name: KOTH
My paternal great grandmother's maiden name: STEFFEL
Want to know more about Ellis Island or if your family came through, check it out here 

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