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Bruce Springsteen at Ellis Island

07/16/2014 07:44 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2014
  • Megan Smolenyak Genealogy Expert, Author of "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" & "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Those who love "The Boss" or are intrigued by family history will appreciate this charming video of Bruce Springsteen accepting the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award with his mother and her two sisters. He speaks of his colorful, immigrant grandparents, of being "a son of Italy, of Ireland, and of Holland," and of his feelings toward immigration in general. His friend, Brian Williams, served as host of the event, and both made mention of the well known, Italian-Irish mating tradition of New Jersey.