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  Archived Posts From: 2010

YES, I’m Finally A Member!

Written on: November 30th, 2010 in Research Room

Have you been trying to join a lineage based society and hit a brick wall?  Maybe we can help. We did the other day when a patron came in to see if she could find documentation on an ancestor so that she could join the Society of Colonial Inn Keepers.  She was surprised at all the  information she found, not only in our original records, but in our book collection too.

 She used vital statistics and probate records to trace her lineage.  The icing on the cake was when she looked in Tavern in the Town and found her ancestor listed as a tavern owner. 

 So who’s in your family? Clergy? You may be eligible for the Society of Descendants of  Colonial Clergy.   Or how about the Descendants of Colonial Judges and Lawyers.  You can look at original records and books like Scots Kith and Kin to see if you can join a heritage society. Any soldiers? We have records of the Revolutionary War   to see if you can join the Sons/Daughters of the American Revolution.  You can check out our Civil War records to see if your eligible for the Sons of the Union/Confederate Veterans. Were any of your ancestors on the Mayflower? Come in and look at our series of books entitled Mayflower Families.   So what are you waiting for?  Why not stop by and let the fun begin. You never know what you may find out about your family.

 To see what books we have available look at the Delaware Library Catalog.

 To view our Civil War Guide or our Revolutionary War Guide click on the link.

To find out more about our book collection, view our YouTube video.


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New Accessions at The Delaware Public Archives

Written on: November 22nd, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Thanks to the financial generosity of the Friends of the Delaware Archives, we have attained two important Delaware related items.  The first item is a picture of Governor William Cannon who served as Governor of the First State during the Civil War from 1863 to 1865. The second item is a booklet entitled “A Brief Sketch of the Military Operations on the Delaware During the Late War.”  This booklet was published in 1820 and addresses the military actions taking place on the Delaware River and Bay during the War of 1812.   To learn more information about the Friends of the Delaware Archives, click here.




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There’s A New Face In Town

Written on: November 12th, 2010 in Blog Posts

In case you haven’t heard, we have a new director. His name is Stephen M. Marz, CA.

 Steve is a Certified Archivist who, for the past five years, has served as Deputy Director of the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.  He has a B.S. in Secondary Education and History from Monmouth University, an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in History from the University of Maryland–Baltimore County.

 Steve is interested in providing access to the public to our records whether on site or via the internet. He takes our role as stewards of the records of the great state of Delaware very seriously.  We are extremely excited to see what wonderful endeavors await us.

 He looks forward to hearing your comments and suggestions and invites you to take a look at our digital archives.

So please join me in welcoming him to our archives family.




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Workshop to Focus on Wills and Probate Records

Written on: November 1st, 2010 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesInside the DPAResearch Room

The last of Nancy Lyons’ series of genealogical workshops, entitled “Analyzing Wills and Other Probate Records” will be held this Saturday, November 6, 10:30 a.m., at the Delaware Public Archives.  This free workshop will provide plenty of valuable genealogical tips for researchers so  mark this date on your calendar.  There will be handouts for those who attend and the Mabel Lloyd Research Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 for those who want to conduct research before and after the workshop.


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