Thanks to all that provided advice for my trip to Walton. I thought I would
take an opportunity to summarize my experiences as an aid to other future
Walton Library: As many advised, I did contact Annie Sulgar in advance and
she did have a couple of obituaries waiting for me when I arrived. That was
good because the microfilm is very hard to read. It is a negative image -
white type on black, so very slow to go through. There is an index for all
types of references through 1897 and a listing of all deaths from 1900
onward. Also, the room with the reader is very cold - even wearing my coat
I was still shivering.
Cemeteries: Annie also took us out to the Johnson Hill Cemetery, which was
not that hard to get to but would be pretty difficult during the summer when
the brush is grown. I took pictures of most of the graves there if anyone
is interested. I haven't yet looked to see how they turned out.
Walton Historical Society: I met Larry Miller who gave me a tour of the
building which they are renovating; however, the materials they have are in
boxes and not yet inventoried. So there's no way to really go through it at
this time. I need to follow up in a year or 2 to see where they are in the
Delaware Historical Society (Delhi): They do have records for Christ Church
Parish (Episcopalian) and the First Congregational Church in Walton;
however, they are only open Mondays and Tuesdays so I was not able to go.
They will do paid research so I may look into that option.
Walton Town Clerk: Rhonda Williams will review the index for marriages,
births, and deaths and, if a record is found, type a genealogical
certificate for $22. The Town Clerk's office has records for events
happening outside the village, but in the township, from the early 1880s
onward. For events occurring within the village of Walton, we need to
contact the Village Clerk.
Delaware County Records (Delhi): They have the land records, along with
state and federal census and some misc. stuff. Note: They will not allow
digital cameras and will not make copies of many of the records so be
prepared to copy by hand. This is the first county records office that
would not allow me to take digital pictures. They had no explanation -
that's just their policy. Copies of deeds are $.50 page. Since they have
no records that the Family History Library does not have on microfilm, you
may be better off ordering from them, since you can make copies from the
film at lower cost, photograph the reader, or download copies to a flash
drive or CD for free.
Delaware Surrogates Court (Delhi): Located in the same building as the
County Records. They have all the wills scanned, but the system is very
difficult to use. But they have all the originals downstairs and you are
able to look the wills up in an index, locate the box downstairs and view
the original papers. You can take digital pictures or have copies made at
$.50/page. If you want to get copies remotely, just send or fax them a
letter with the info, they will send you the copies with a note indicating
the cost and then you send a check. The Family History Library has the
index on microfilm. I believe the files that went to probate are located on
web site, but the intestate files are not, and they can
be just as interesting.
Overall, allow more time for your visit than you actually need as people are
very friendly and will want to chit chat quite a bit.
Hope this helps others with their Walton area research. Feel free to
contact me for more info.
From: Melissa Harrison [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:20 PM
Subject: [NYDELAWA-L] Walton Vital Records
I've read the posting on dcnyhistory about the problems obtaining viral
records from the town clerks, particularly Walton. Since that posting is
now 5 years old, I'm wondering if the situation has improved. I am
a research trip to Walton next week and would appreciate any
Also, does anyone know where any of the Church records of the area might
reside. I am looking from about 1840 - 1905. Unfortunately, I have no
which church they attended.
Any other suggestions for my first "in person" research trip are
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