Trace your Delaware ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Delaware
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Delaware brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Delaware
Trace your Delaware ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Delaware’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Delaware research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Delaware guide:
- Settlers from New Netherland (what’s now New York) challenged the Swedes, capturing Fort Christina in 1655. Then the Dutch found themselves fending off England—which overtook Delaware for good in 1674.
- Despite its ”first state“ status, Delaware’s federal census records don’t date back to the initial US head count. Fire destroyed the 1790 enumeration of Delaware.
- With Delaware’s long legacy of power struggles, there’s a good chance your ancestors participated in—or witnessed—military action. The DHS holds military records from the Colonial era through World War I.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.