Links to External Genealogical Databases
Useful for Delaware Research

These links to exterenal sites are posted by the Delaware Genealogical Society
as a service to genealogists researching subjects in the Delaware area.

Links to Online Data for:
Delaware | New Jersey | Pennsylvania | Maryland | Virginia

Delaware - General Resources 

Digital Bibliography of Delaware is a brand new (2010) website produced by the University of Delaware. Access is free for this index of articles,newsletters, theses, and books about Delaware. Some books have been fully digitized by Google books, and those listings have links to the digitized edition.

Census Finder - Free Census Records Online
is another very useful site with direct links to genealogical resources for Delaware (and other states)is maintained by Brenda Hay.
See also her webpage on Historical Museum Links for Delaware

Search US GenWeb and Rootsweb for data relating to Delaware and its counties:

New Castle County: 1693 Tax, 1777 Brandywine
New Castle: 1794 Wilmington residents
New Castle: Newark Friends 1686-1704
New Castle Marriages to 1750
Kent County
Sussex County: Sussex Orphans Court 1737-1847: A-O,V,Y
Sussex: Index to Turner "Some Records ..."

Government Records for Delaware

The Delaware Public Archives is the chief state repository for vital records. See their pages on
Vital Records (birth, marriage, death)
Delaware Vital Statistics (official birth, death and marriage certificates)
Research Room
Search Holdings
County (KT/NC/SX) probates to 1925
Delaware Naturalizations 1787-1928
Digital Images: for example. Kent County Paupers

WEB ACCESS TO Delaware Vital Records

As of fall 2010 you can view and print Delaware Vital Records for Delaware (and other states) if you have an membership OR (for Delaware only) if you have a Delaware public library card.

For a list of the vital records that are available on, log onto that site, go to the Card Catalog, and (in the left menu column) select Birth, Marriage & Death, then (under the heading Filter by Location), select USA and then the state where your ancestor lived.

Now there are two options:
#1 -- If you have an membership you may proceed to do a search and view and print.
32 -- If you do NOT have an membership but are a Delaware resident you may get free access to these records (limited to Delaware vital records) by doing the following:

  1. Go to the Delaware Public Archives site at
  2. In the left menu column click on Digital Ancestry to go to
  3. Click the link at the bottom of that page to go to the Delaware Library Catalog at
  4. In the upper right corner of the Delaware Library Catalog log onto that site with your library card number and PIN. This will give you a new Delaware Library page.
  5. Click on Delaware Genealogy Online in the menu at top of the page. This will take you to the Delaware page of
  6. You may now search for something, but in order to view the record you will need to sign up for a free trial account. will ask you for your name and an email address. will then email you a user name and password.
  7. Once you have these, you can not only search but also view the digitized records from the Delaware Public Archives anytime.
While the usual trial subscription is 14 days, your subscription to the Delaware page of won't expire.

These are the records we know about at
DE Births 1800-1908
DE Marriages 1744-1912
DE Marriages 1806-1933
DE Deaths 1811-1933

Family Search Click on US and the following databases are in the alphabetical listing
Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710-1896 27 Dec 2010 date transcribed
Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1922 4 May 2010
Delaware Marriages, 1713-1953 27 Dec 2010
Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955 14 Jan 2011
Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815-1955 13 Dec 2010

Delaware - Major Historical and Genealogical Repositories

The University of Delaware has many resources available to the public:
Delaware Genealogy Guide
Delaware Newspapers
Special Collections - large genealogy collection
Richard E. Stevens, of the Univ. of Delaware Math Dept ., has posted many datasets online such as Delaware Orphans Court Extracts 1770-1830, Directories: 1814/45/53 Wilmington, 1885 DE, and Newark census 1800-70, Federal Tax 1862-65

Beers Atlas (1868) Maps of Delaware -- note many family names and businesses

Historical Society of Delaware: The DHS has an excellent library for genealogical research. See their Library page for a list of genealogical resources for Delaware, such as
a general surname file containing over 12,000 references
a family history folder file
published and privately printed family histories
census records
marriage records from 1680 to 1850
church and cemetery records
Delaware town and Wilmington City directories

Winterthur Library
Hagley Library specializes in business records and histories for the Brandywine River Valley.

Delaware -- More Genealogical Items

Directory of Delaware Repositories
Catholics: Wilmington Diocese: index to microfilms has 37,000+ records on-line for Wilmington DE.
The last has Catholic Sacramental Records, extracts of City Directories, extracts of Census Records, extracts of Civil Death Records, Gravestone Inscriptions, Refugees from France and Haiti, and Record Finding Aids
Mount Olive Cemetary is is an historic African-American cemetery located near Wilmington, DE. This website is an ongoing project by Regina Barry, who is adding to the information as more gravesones are photographed.
Fort Delaware Society - Civil War
Nanticoke Indians
Delaware Society SAR - Revolutionary War
Downstate Delaware Genealogists
First Families of Delmarva (1614-1700)

Queries See PA-roots Do a search for New Castle County and for Sussex County. has public access to the Federal Census images for Delaware in 1790-1930.

Online Books about Delaware

For a subscription fee Accessible Archives provides online acess to page images of such books as Scharf's "History of Delaware".

Sources for Books on Delaware

Delaware Genealogical Society (this site)
Colonial Roots (formerly Delmarva Roots)
Genealogical Bookshop
Heritage Books (formerly Willow Bend)


See for Pennsylvania and the counties near Delaware: Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County (for example Wills 1685-1825)

PA State Archives and Library
Historical Society of PA
Chester County Archives
Chester County Historical Society
Philadelphia City Archives
Genealogy at the Phila. Free Library | Ask a Librarian

New Jersey 

New Jersey [GenWeb]
Salem County [RootsWeb]
New Jersey Archives
Archives Catalog
New Jersey State Library items on the Civil War


Maryland | MD GenWeb Archives
both of these have resources listed by county
Maryland Archives
1876 MD Maps
1783 MD Tax

Delmarva Peninsula 

Nabb Research Center
"Catholics in Colonial DelMarVa" index


Virginia State Library
Virginia State Library Card Catalog | Search
Virginia Land Patents and Grants
1790,1800 Virginia taxes
Eastern Shore Virginia (on the Delmarva Peninsula)

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