In May 1997, Bob O'Connor posted a message to the GEN-NYS list asking for other Staten Island researchers to get together. That note goes as follows:
I am trying to locate others with an active interest in Staten Island genealogy. There seem to be very few. My hope is to compile a list of interested persons who are willing to share data and ultimately make the connection to the genealogical society at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. I am hopeful that through this society and the archivist at the SIIAS we can open up information resources that are currently very difficult to access.
So, if you are actively interested in Staten Island genealogy and willing to share your resources with others having similar interests please contact me and lets see what we can do as a group.
Janet remembers how thrilled she was when a friend hooked her up with him (thanks, Betty!). She thought she was the only one. :-) A year later, in May 1998, that mailing list evolved into a WEB page of surnames and contact information. That page (ok, now 2) is still an integral part of our site. We looked to gather information to help the new SI researcher learn the tricks of the Richmond County genealogy trade. Then our focus shifted to sharing resources and putting data online. To that end, we've had many contributions and found many contributors.
In 1998, two independent researchers interested in Staten Island genealogy recognized a need and had the opportunity to advance their interests. Janet and Bob decided to join forces and develop an automated genealogy research capability. To this project they brought a rapidly growing no-post mailing list that had been started a year or so earlier and the technical expertise necessary for web page design and development. Their efforts quickly evolved into a formal Staten Island Genealogy web page which has grown rapidly and gained widespread acceptance.
The success of http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrichmo/ has, without a doubt, been a group effort. There have been many valuable contributions made by interested followers and many more are anticipated for the near future. Those who have contributed to the success of this page include:
Six months after the site started, in December 1998, we became the official NYGenWeb site for Richmond County, in the USGenWeb.
The WEB site, the GenConnect boards, and the mailing list are a truly cooperative effort among many individuals. We look forward to everybody sharing connections and information! Someday I'll manage to connect my line to half of you anyway!
1998 was a big year for Richmond County on the internet. We set up a Staten Island Genealogical Resources site in May to bring together like-minded researchers. In November we became the official NYGenWeb site and moved to RootsWeb. Here are some highlights:
Plans for 2000
|Digitize WWII casualty database||Please Volunteer!|
|Asbury Interments Database||Awaiting input: Please Volunteer!|
|Gather team for info gathering||Please Volunteer!|
|History/Maps/Lost & found page (photos, etc.)||Additions always welcome.|
|OES Membership List||Being input|
|More CENSUS Transcriptions||Got any?|
|Vital transcriptions||We need a laptop!|
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