Delaware Fast Facts and Key Resources

Delaware Fast Facts and Key Resources

Essential resources for tracing your Delaware roots, including a list of hundreds by county.

 
Fast Facts & Key Resources
? Statehood: 1787

? Colony founded: 1638

? First mostly extant federal census: 1800

? Statewide birth and death records begin: 1861 to 1863; resumed in 1881

? Statewide marriage records begin: 1847

? State-land state

? Original counties: Deale, New Castle, St. Jones

? Contact for vital records:

Office of Vital Statistics Jesse S. Cooper Building Federal and Water streets Dover, DE 19901 (302) 744-4549

<www.state.de.us/dhss/dph/ss/vitalstats.html >

Web Sites

? Delaware 1775-1883 Map

<delgensoc.org/dedivide.html>

? Delaware GenWeb Project

<www.degenweb.org>

? Delaware History Explorer Online Encyclopedia

<www.hsd.org/DHE>

? Delaware Mailing Lists

<rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_states-de.html>

? Delaware Resources at RootsWeb

<resources.rootsweb.com/usa/DE>

? Guide to Vital Records

<www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/collections/vital.shtml>

? A History of African-Americans of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore

 
? Scharf’s History of Delaware, 1609-1888

 

Resources

? A Bibliography of Delaware Through 1960 compiled by Henry Clay Reed and Marion Björnson Reed (University of Delaware Press)

? Colonial Families of Delaware, six volumes, by F. Edward Wright (Willow Bend Books)

? Delaware Genealogical Research Guide edited by Thomas P. Doherty (Delaware Genealogical Society)

? The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

? “Finding Delaware Ancestors” lecture by Thomas P. Doherty (Audiotapes.com)

? Index to Scharf ‘s History of Delaware, 1609-1888 (Historical Society of Delaware)

? Maryland and Delaware Genealogies and Family Histories: A Bibliography of Books About Maryland and Delaware Families by Donald Odell Virdin (Heritage Books)

Organizations and Archives

? Afro-American Historical Society of Delaware

512 E. Fourth St., Wilmington, DE 19801, (302) 571-1699

? Delaware Genealogical Society

505 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801, <delgensoc.org>: Publishes Delaware Genealogical Society Journal.

? Delaware Legislative Council Library

Box 1401, Legislative Hall, Dover, DE 19903, (302) 744-4308, <www.delaware.gov>

? Delaware Public Archives

121 Duke of York St., Dover, DE 19901,(302) 744-5000, <www.state.de.us /sos/dpa>

? Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801, (410) 543-6312, <nabbhistory.salisbury.edu>

? Fort Delaware Society

122 Washington St., Box 553, Delaware City, DE 19706, (302) 834-1630, <www.del.net/org/fort>

? Hagley Museum & Library 298 Buck Road E., Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, (302) 658-0568, <www.hagley.lib.de.us>

? The Historical Society of Delaware

505 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801, (302) 655-7161, <www.hsd.org>

? University of Delaware Library

181 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19717, (302) 831-2965, <www2.lib.udel.edu/subj/genealogy>
 
List of Delaware’s Hundreds

Harried by Delaware’s hundreds? Use this list to keep tabs on the state’s tax districts. Defunct hundreds are in italics, with modern hundreds’ former names in parentheses.

New Castle County

? Appoquinimink

? Blackbird (split from Appoquinimink)

? Brandywine

? Christiana

? Mill Creek

? New Castle

? Pencader

? Red Lion

? St. Georges

? White Clay Creek

? Wilmington (split from Christiana)

Kent County

? East Dover (Dover — originally St. Jones — split into East and West)

? Duck Creek
 
? Kenton (Little Creek)

? Little Creek (split from Duck Creek; different from Kenton)

? Milford (split from Mispillion)

? Mispillion
 
? North Murderkill (Murderkill — originally Motherkill — split into North and South)

? South Murderkill

? West Dover

Sussex County

? Baltimore

? Broad Creek

? Broadkill (also Broadkiln)

? Cedar Creek (Cedar Hook)

? Dagsboro

? Georgetown (split from Broadkill)

? Gumboro (split from Broad Creek)

? Indian River (Indian Creek)

? Lewes & Rehoboth (Rehoboth)

? Little Creek

? Nanticoke (Deep Creek)

? Northwest Fork

? Seaford (split from Northwest Fork)
 
From the February 2005 Family Tree Magazine

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