Laura Lee or Becky Webb, Fort Delaware State Park, (302) 834-7941; or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, (302) 739-9175 or email@example.com
New kiosk at Fort Delaware offers Civil War records
DELAWARE CITY (July 27, 2012) – The Fort Delaware Society has installed a very special interactive touch screen kiosk in the Sutler Shop at Fort Delaware. The kiosk contains 41,000 records of Confederate POWs and Union Soldiers who were at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. The kiosk was designed and built by Kionetics, based in Newark, and made possible by a generous grant from the Crystal Trust.
The records originally were transcribed from National Archives microfiche by the late Jocelyn Jamison. Jamison interpreted the handwritten records and placed the information on index cards. The information contained on each card was copied to a computer database by the Fort Delaware Society, assisted by volunteers from MBNA.
With the information computerized, visitors are now able to type in the last name of an ancestor that they believe was at Fort Delaware during the Civil War. If a record is found, the individual’s rank, regiment and company along with any other information contained in the Society’s record will be displayed. The visitor can fill out a form to request that the information be sent to them.
“The kiosk is an excellent way for the Society to fulfill its mission: to foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and preserve its legacy,”said Fort Delaware Society President Catherine C. Keenan.
More information about Fort Delaware, including programs and schedules, is available at destateparks.com. More information about the Fort Delaware Society is available at fortdelaware.org
Vol. 42, No.281