Can you name a relative of yours who came to America through Ellis Island? Beginning in 1892, some 12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island. Who knows, one of them might have been related to you. We took the audio tour which took around 40 minutes. I would recommend taking the audio tour if you make it to Ellis Island. We caught the ferry from the Jersey side and Ellis Island was the first stop. There were more people on the ferries from New York.