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Richmond County NY Gen
A list to connect with other researchers doing Richmond County, NY, aka Staten Island.
Welcome to the NYRichmo mailing list for Staten Island researchers!
FIRST, before posting queries or questions, please check out our web site. You will find much of the information there. http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/ and pay special attention to the search page. This will save everyone a lot of time. Thanks!
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Thank you in advance for your cooperation! If you have any questions, feel free to contact admin ( NYRICHMO-ADMIN@rootsweb.com ) or RootsWeb (at the link above). Let's make this a productive place to research.
Crash Course in Staten Island Genealogy
If you spell it geneOlogy or can't yet convert to Soundex in your head or don't know what FHC stands for...
FHL Getting Started with Family History (By Starting at the Beginning)
Genealogy.coms Getting Started Guide http://www.genealogy.com/articles/research/getting_started.html
RootsWeb's "Guide to Tracing Family Trees" http://rwguide.rootsweb.com/
Genealogy.com's GenForum http://genforum.genealogy.com/general/
Cyndi's List "Beginners" links http://www.cyndislist.com/beginners
If you have done probate in Ohio and baptismal records in Holland...
Staten Island Quirks
Staten Island was inhabited by the Lenai Lenape Native Americans. In the 1600s, the Dutch and then English opened the "Gateway to New York." Many, many immigrant groups were to follow.
Staten Island was comprised of four, then five, incorporated villages, until 1898, when it joined NYC ("The Consolidation"). It is now one of the five boroughs (roughly equal to a county) of the city. Since then it is known as "The Forgotten Borough" so keep this in mind when researching. Also remember that the locals spell it "boro," similar to "donut" rather than "doughnut".
In general, records before 1898 were kept by Staten Island, and some of them ended up in Albany (the state capital); and since then by New York City. The NYC Municipal Archives and NYC Department of Health have the vitals, but records such as probate and deeds are still at the county seat (St. George).
You should start off with Vitals http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/vitals.html and Censuses http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/resources.html before going any further. Then, connect with other researchers at Surnames http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/surnames.html, browse the Site http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/ and do a Search http://www.nygenweb.net/richmond/search.shtml on your surname. We have some great military, school, church, immigrant, and much, much more info at our site.
The volunteers who post information, or administer websites, probably do not have your family tree on their computers. So please do the above rather than asking. Still have questions? The mailing list that you just subscribed to http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/usa/NY/richmond.html would probably know more than admin.