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As recognition of all the hard work the many fine volunteers of the NYGenWeb put in, I have decided to feature a different county page and coordinator each month. Its hard to pick one each month, because so much effort goes into each one. Thank you to every person who contributes their efforts to making this project a continuing success. I am pleased to recognize Delaware County, NYGenWeb page under the direction of Joyce Riedinger as April's Featured County.

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A look at the Table of Contents Page for the April Feature County, Delaware just gives a forecast of all the valuable information on this site. Reseachers with an interest in Delaware County, NY, have alot of information available to them at this site. The Historical Background section gives you some of the history of the towns and county, as well as maps from the 1860's. Additional expanded information on the towns and hamlets are found later on the page. Joyce Riedinger, your host for the Delaware County page, has developed an excellent working relationship with the people in that county, and it is reflected in the amount of actual datasets she has on her pages.

Visiting Delaware County's, NYGENWEB page, is like opening a good book. One that you will want to have in your library to return to again and again.

Clicking on Delaware County will take you to the title page of the site. But don't stop there! Just like a good book that you have to open to enjoy-- so too you must click on the link for table of contents to get where you want to go. In it you will find "chapters" on Historical Background, Towns and Hamlets, County Resources, Cemeteries, Census and much, much more!

Unlike a book which is static, the Delaware Co site is ever changing. In March, for example, the 1855 Davenport Federal census index was added to the site, as well the 1865 one. An index to the wonderful postcard collection was put on, and separate pages for each town and hamlet in the county were developed.

Now that we know a little about Delaware County, let's find out about its coordinator, Joyce Riedinger.

Joyce is the webmaster and coordinator for this wonderful page as well as her other sites which included: Schoharie County, Tryon County, and Joyce's creation all of which you'll also want to visit. Her presentation of her surname research on her homepage is among the best I've seen.

Joyce started personal family research in 1988. In 1991/92 she computerized over 10,000 records of descendants from early settlers of Town of Charlton, Saratoga County. These had been compiled over a 20 year period by the late Barbara Holbrook, a neighbor of hers, and were handwritten and in notebook binders. Printouts were done and put into notebooks along with newspaper clippings, copies of wills, etc., and photos of old tombstones.

Joyce's first love before computer came along was photography. These albums plus others that local families put together were on display at the first "Festival of Families" held at Harmony Hall in Charlton, NY during Charlton's bicentennial the summer and fall of 1992.

In answer to why she volunteered for Delaware County, Joyce replied: "I volunteered for Delaware County because a number of my ancestors settled there after the Revolution. I had no local connections, but since September 1996, when the Delaware web-site went online, a great deal of support has come my way. The Delaware County Clerk's office has been fantastic, and am currently in touch with many of the local historians.

In addition, at the present time, 26 people from across the United States have volunteered and are helping on the Delaware County and Schoharie County sites. Some of my biggest helpers have been Laurie Kyle of Washington- my first helper (and what a helper she has been!); and Cheryl Jordan of Texas, and Gary Myers of Florida. It definitely is a sharing project, from which we all benefit." At the bottom of the Welcome page for Delaware County is a list of those whose support and help make this page possible.

Be sure to visit this month's featured county today! You'll be glad you did.

Visit the March Featured County page. Jefferson County, NY
Visit the February Featured County page. Herkimer County, NY
Go to the January Featured County page. Monroe County, NY
View USGenweb Page of the Week of Oct 28, 1996 Onondaga County NY

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