Where to find Delaware census records, immigration records, land records, maps, vital records and more.
Records for colonial Delaware are plentiful and varied. But according to the Historical Society of Delaware's website, "Delaware's rich and complex colonial history offers genealogists a special challenge. Early colonial documents might be found in many places, including the archives of New York State and Pennsylvania, as well as those of Sweden, the Netherlands, and Great Britain."
The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) has documents from the Swedish colonial period, 1638 to 1655; the Dutch settlement, 1655 to 1664; the Duke of York regime, 1664 to 1682; and the Penn Proprietorship, 1682 to 1776, with the majority of their holdings dating from statehood in 1776.