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 —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
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.