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It's taken some doing, but Annie Moore (the true one) is finally reclaiming her place in history. Here you'll find links to a number of articles and other resources about her. You may also be interested in watching some of these videos about Annie.

Annie Moore and her brothers Philip and Anthony arriving at Ellis Island
Annie Moore and her brothers Philip and Anthony arriving at Ellis Island

By Megan
  • December 31, 2016 - The Huffington Post - "125th Anniversary of Annie Moore and Ellis Island Reminds Us Why We Should Welcome Immigrants" by Megan Smolenyak
  • April 19, 2016 - Audio File The Ray D'Arcy Show - RTÉ Radio 1 - "Finding Annie Moore's Relations" - Ray D'Arcy interviews Megan
  • April/May 2016 - Irish America Magazine - Digital Edition [Pages 76 - 78] - "Annie Moore's Long Lost Irish Cousins" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 30, 2016 - Megan Smolenyak YouTube Channel - "Annie Moore, 1st to arrive at Ellis Island, serenaded by her Irish cousin, tenor Paul Linehan" by Megan Smolenyak

  • December 31, 2013 - Huffington Post - "They Say It's Your Birthday -- But It's Not" by Megan Smolenyak
  • June 2012 - Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine - "Annie Moore" by Megan Smolenyak
    Read this article in Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy Magazine online Digital Edition [Pages 34-35]
  • December 29, 2011 - Huffington Post - "120 Years Ago: Ellis Island Opens Doors and Welcomes Annie Moore of Ireland" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 25, 2010 - Huffington Post - "Roots Travel in Ireland" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 20, 2010 - Posterous - "More Photos from my Annie Moore Day in Cork" by Megan Smolenyak
  • August 18, 2010 - Posterous - "Walking in Annie Moore's Footsteps in Cork" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 9, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "This Is Annie Moore at Ellis Island: $1,000 If You Can Prove Me Wrong" by Megan Smolenyak
  • February 2, 2010 - The Huffington Post - "Historical Photo? Is this Annie Moore Arriving at Ellis Island?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 29, 2009 - The Huffington Post - "Photos of Annie Moore, First Ellis Island Immigrant: Help Solve a History Mystery" Now we know what Annie looked like, but there might be more to see" by Megan Smolenyak
  • December 3, 2009 - The Huffington Post - "Getting History Wrong: How did we get our history so wrong so fast?" by Megan Smolenyak
  • Monday, July 17, 2006 - - "$1,000 Reward for Ellis Island's Little Orphan Annie" The contest that launched the hunt for the real Annie" by Megan Smolenyak
  • March 21, 2023 - - "Man related to Cork's Annie Moore writes musical about lives of immigrant women" by Colette Sheridan
  • March 17, 2023 - CNN - "Her name is on a pub, a boat and an AI platform. But what happened to the Irish teen who arrived at Ellis Island in 1892?" by Catherine E. Shoichet
  • February 17, 2023 - Irish Star - "Annie Moore: The first immigrant processed at Ellis Island and her life after arriving" by Brian Dillon
  • January 2, 2023 - Irish Central - "First through Ellis island - Annie Moore’s tough and tragic life" by Tom Deignan
  • October 20, 2022 - Kildare Nationalist - "Story Of First Immigrant To Ellis Island Brought To Life In Musical Show by Her Narraghmore Cousin" by Finian Coghlan
  • October 18, 2022 - Irish Central - "Genealogist finds Annie Moore's living relatives" by Sheila Langan
  • February 3, 2017 - The Irish Times - "The Cork girl who was first through Ellis Island's gates" by Eoin Butler
  • December 30, 2016 - The Telegraph - "125 years of Ellis Island: a living monument to the land of the free" by Michael Kerr
  • December 30, 2016 - The New York Times - "Two Irish Girls Who Made It to New York" by Maeve Higgins
  • December 26, 2016 - - "Remembering Annie Moore, Ellis Island's First Immigrant" by Christopher Klein
  • April 14, 2016 - Irish Central - "Annie Moore’s cousin reflects on her huge significance among Irish Americans" by Frances Mulraney
  • April 10, 2016 - The Irish Times - "Annie Moore a symbolic figure for Irish Americans, says relative" by Barry Roche
  • April 3, 2016 - Irish Central - "Genealogist finds living Irish relatives of first immigrant to pass through Ellis Island" by Sheila Langen
  • March 30, 2016 - Irish America - "Celebrating the 2016 Irish America Hall of Fame" by Adam Farley
  • March 30, 2016 - The New York Times - "A New Verse in the Ballad of Ellis Island's First Immigrant" by Sam Roberts
  • March 26, 2016 - The Corkman - "Iconic emigré Annie Moore had roots in North Cork"
  • March 18, 2016 - The Irish Times - "Generation saga: Relatives of Annie Moore traced" by Barry Roche
  • February/March 2013 - Irish America - "Calling Up the Ancestors: Genealogist Megan Smolenyak" by Sheila Langan
    Read this article in Irish America's online Digital Edition [Pages 52-54]
  • March 15, 2012 - The New York Times - "Discovering a New Photo, Perhaps, of Ellis Island's Annie" by Sam Roberts
  • August 10, 2010 - Irish Examiner - "Annie Moore genealogist at emigrant's Shandon birthplace for first time"
  • August 10, 2010 - (Cork) Evening Echo - "Famous Genealogist Visits Cork"
  • May 9, 2010 - New York Magazine - "How Ellis Island's First Immigrant, Annie Moore, Became an American Mystery" by Jesse Green
  • December 30, 2009 - AFP - "Photographs unearthed of first Ellis Island immigrant"
  • December 28, 2009 - The New York Times - "Relatives Say Photos Depict Ellis Island's First Immigrant" by Sam Roberts
  • December 2008/January 2009 - Irish America - "A Celtic Cross for Annie Moore"
    PDF Read this article in PDF format
  • October 15, 2008 - The Irish Echo - "Annie's Place" by Ray O'Hanlon
  • October 13, 2008 - Irish Times - "Ellis Island's first immigrant honoured" by Lucy Kennedy
  • October 8, 2008 - The Irish Echo - "Annie's Day" by Ray O'Hanlon
  • August 13, 2008 - Irish Echo Online - "Annie will finally get her marker"
  • September 20, 2006 - The Irish Echo - "Putting things right: Annie Moore lived, and died, in New York's hardscrabble streets" by Ray O'Hanlon
  • September 14, 2006 - The New York Times - "Story of the First Through Ellis Island Is Rewritten" by Sam Roberts
  • September 15, 2006 - Audio File listen to NPR's Morning Edition - "Life of First Ellis Island Immigrant Revealed"
  • Wrong Annie Moore Photo Album - This is a series of images showing evidence that the Annie Moore whose story was once featured at Ellis Island (and in a number of books and elsewhere) was the wrong one. I launched a contest to find the family of the real Annie Moore, so naturally some folks asked for proof that the "known" Annie Moore was the wrong one. If you click here, you'll find additional background information, including the story behind this quest for the true Annie Moore.
Annie Moore - Used with Permission of her Family
Statue of Annie Moore and Brothers
Annie Moore with child

A letter from then candidate Obama
acknowledging Annie Moore and the contributions
of immigrants in general at the time of her memorial service

Annie Moore memorial dedication
Annie Moore plaque

Photo Credits
Photo of Michelle Obama courtesy of Joe Beine

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