I received my first NARA (National Archives & Records Administration) request today.
This is a certified photocopy of the manifest from Ellis Island for my great-grandfather, Angelo Palmeri. The photocopy is simply a photocopy. But it comes with a certificate attached – bolted really – to the paper with a ribbon and certificate sticker attached to it. I presume this is an accepted and secure method to guarantee that the document – even if it is just a photocopy – is authentic.
official certified copy of Ellis Island manifest for my great-grandfather