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  Archived Posts From: 2012

How Do I Preserve My Documents, Photographs, and Digital Memories?

Written on: December 21st, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesMaps and SurveysPhotographsResearch Room

Looking for a way to preserve all those holiday photos and videos for future generations to see? On Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will present a program to show how to preserve items such as old photographs, documents, and digitized memories on CDs, DVDs, and flash drives. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge needed to care for and preserve  those irreplaceable memories. Presented by the staff of the Delaware Public Archives and the Delaware Government Information Center, this preservation workshop will include basic information and instruction on proper handling and storage of family papers, photographs and digital media to ensure long term preservation.

Archives staff member, Sarah Denison, will be presenting information on the conservation and preservation of paper documents and photographs.  Ms. Denison has processed a number of document collections including Civil War letters in the Small Manuscript Collection, Board of Education photographs, and Sussex County Orphans Court Records. She is currently processing and cataloguing the George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection which will be available to the public in the spring of 2013. In addition to these responsibilities, Ms. Denison also serves as the coordinator of the DPA Twitter account.

Concerning digital records, Mike Mahaffie, Deputy Director of the Delaware Government Information Center, will be addressing what is needed to save your digital memories. Highlighting his discussion will be a quick history of ways people have been saving digital records, things to do to determine what is important, what is needed to maintain your digital moments as technology changes, and the various ways available to save what’s important to you based on cost and longevity.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.


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Goodbye 2012

Written on: December 21st, 2012 in Research Room

As we get ready for 2013 I sat down today and reflected on all the accomplishments from this past year.  I thought about all the digital information we made available via our website. How our eBooks have helped many learn about Delaware history. I thought about all the people we connected with through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr,  QR codes, YouTube, and our blog. I remembered all the school tours and outreach programs.  And of course I couldn’t help but think about all the patrons we assisted in the research room.  Whether it was helping get copies of documents for legal issues, helping them learn more about a favorite or curious Delaware subject, letting them take a walk down memory lane, or making that connection with their family tree.  It has been a great 2012.  We are looking forward to 2013 and all the exciting things to come!

 


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Happy Return Day!

Written on: November 7th, 2012 in Research Room

Ox Roast at Return Day 1952

Did you know that it is the 200th anniversary of Return Day?

We had some curious folks from New Castle County stop in to see what all the hubbub was about.  They looked at photographs , and at our newspaper clipping file. They also saw the 1811 legislative petitions from each county asking for election districts for the first time and then they looked at the 1811 Sussex County sheriff election returns.  The 1811 returns contain the first return that states officials will read the results at the courthouse in Georgetown on the Thursday after the Tuesday election.

So if you’re heading to Georgetown tomorrow, have fun at the parade, eat some ox, and enjoy the reading of the returns and burying the hatchet.

1811 Sussex County Sheriff Election Return


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Delaware Public Archives to Feature Genealogical Program on Passenger Arrival Records

Written on: October 24th, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m., Nancy Lyons will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on how to locate and use American passenger arrival records in family research.  This workshop will provide information about finding family members on ship passenger lists and manifests.  These documents are considered critical genealogical resources for those researchers looking for their ancestor’s country of origin. Included in this program will be examples of information you can expect to find, locations and time periods for passenger lists and indices, as well as links to online passenger lists.

This is the fourth and final program in a series of genealogy workshops presented by Nancy Lyons, a highly respected genealogist whose programs have been well received by beginners and advanced genealogists alike. This workshop will include information that will be helpful to those who are searching for information in Delaware and in other states as well.

Nancy Lyons is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.  The founder of the Irish Family History Research Group, Lyons has served as a volunteer at the Mormon Family History Center in Wilmington for 17 years.  She has also been the chair of the Delaware Genealogical Society Educational Committee for the last seven years.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.


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Skull On A Stick

Written on: October 18th, 2012 in Research Room

Tis the season for creepy tales and here’s one right from our holdings.

This is a statement collected from concerned citizens of the Mispillion Hundred in the 18th century regarding the mistreatment of the skull of a gentleman who had died approximately 15 years earlier. According to this record, the perpetrator dug it up and allowed his children to drag it through the streets on a string and affix it to a stick. As one of our processers put it, these kids could have really used an X-Box.

This is just one of the curious tales found in our Small Manuscripts Collection. Come by and dig up some history today.

Statement From Concerned Citizens RG 9200.M01 Marshall Family Papers


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The History of the Beatles and the Social Revolution of the 1960s

Written on: September 26th, 2012 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

It’s been fifty years since four young men from Liverpool, England known collectively as The Beatles walked into a recording studio to record their first single “Love Me Do.”   The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is celebrating this anniversary with a program about this legendary group who changed the musical and cultural fiber of the 1960s.  To be presented on Saturday, October 6, 10:30 a.m., the program features Delawarean and Beatle historian Joel Glazier.  Along with The Beatles presentation, the Delaware Public Archives will have a small, temporary display of documents from its collections about the protest movement of the 1960s.  As noted by State Archivist Stephen M. Marz, “when many citizens think about the Delaware Public Archives, they believe we only keep materials from the 17th century through the early 20th century.  However, we want people to know that we have a large collection of materials related to recent Delaware history that researchers and all citizens should know are available for review and research.  We think this program on The Beatles, who were so much a part of this historic period, presents an excellent opportunity to bring out a sampling of these 1960s documents. It was a definitely a different era and that is truly reflected in the materials.”   

Joel Glazier, a resident of Wilmington, is a retired Delaware public school teacher who has been a Beatles fan since 1964, when the group first achieved recognition in America.  His interest continued into his teaching career and The Beatles have been used in his classroom and as part of university courses he has taught.  He was fortunate enough to have met all four Beatles and saw the group in concert when they toured the United States in the mid 1960s. As a speaker with the Delaware Humanities Forum he has given talks on various aspects of The Beatles history at dozens of Delaware schools, libraries and for various social and educational groups.

 The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us

Delaware State Archivist Stephen M. Marz and Archives staff member David Bagosy review the protest documents that will be on display at the October 6 program.


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Delaware Day at Antietam

Written on: September 14th, 2012 in Research Room

Delaware Memorial at Antietam

Did you know that Monday was “Delaware Day” at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland?  Antietam is remembered as the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War and many of the Delaware troops present were involved in some of the most terrible parts of the battle. 

The Delaware Heritage Commission and the Delaware Public Archives, along with members of the Central Delaware Civil War Roundtable and 2nd Delaware re-enactors held a memorial ceremony at Philadelphia Brigade Park to honor the Delaware troops.  This park features a memorial to the 3rd Delaware Volunteers. The ceremony included a three volley salute by the 2nd Delaware, a wreath laying by the Archives and the Civil War Roundtable, a rendition of Taps, and the reading of  a letter that contained an account of the battle by Colonel John Andrews. Colonel Andrews led the 1st Delaware Volunteers at  Bloody Lane, one of the deadliest areas of the battlefield.

To learn more about Delaware Civil War soldiers you can visit our digital archives. You can also follow the war through the eyes of Cyrus Forwood, a soldier in the 2nd Delaware. 


3 Volley Salute By 2nd Delaware Re-enactors

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You Found Mold Where?!?

Written on: September 7th, 2012 in Research Room

Sometimes our researchers ask if I ever get out of the building.  Well the other day I had an occasion to, just not the kind that I like…..

An agency called to say they had some moldy books.  I went to take a look and indeed they were moldy.  It’s amazing what 80 percent humidity can do to records so quickly.  I consulted with our preservation officer and the records analyst for the agency to let them know the volume we were dealing with, the current situation, and most importantly, that they were permanent, vital records. We decided to send a team to help the agency.  We unbound the books, brushed the mold off, and rehoused them in new boxes.  The effort took just about a day.  The records were saved for future Delawareans.  So the next time I get asked if I ever get of the office…

Mold on the covers of the volumesTaking the volumes apart and brushing off the mold


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Using Naturalization Records as a Genealogical Source

Written on: August 22nd, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, September 1 at 10:30 a.m., Nancy Lyons will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on how to use Naturalization papers.  These types of documents can reveal important information about one’s ancestors. Depending on the place and time of naturalization the information contained in them can vary. This workshop will use examples to explore how the naturalization process worked, where to find the records and how to utilize the information they contain.

 This is the third in a series of genealogy workshops presented by Nancy Lyons, a highly respected genealogist whose programs have been well received by beginners and advanced genealogists alike. This workshop will include information that will be helpful to those who are searching for information in Delaware and in other states as well.  

 Nancy Lyons is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.  The founder of the Irish Family History Research Group, Lyons has served as a volunteer at the Mormon Family History Center in Wilmington for 17 years.  She has also been the chair of the Delaware Genealogical Society Educational Committee for the last seven years.  

 The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.



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Hey, I know that guy!!!

Written on: August 1st, 2012 in Research Room

We posted a wedding album on our Facebook page. It had been up for about 5 minutes when a man called to tell us that he recognized a face. He is originally from Jersey City, NJ and in one of the pictures was his boss when he was 13 years old. He worked at Neibanck’s Grocery Store from age 13 to 16 which was owned by Henry Neibanck. Mr. Neibanck used to tell him that he would vacation in Delaware for two weeks at a time. He said that he planned to retire here one day. The gentleman said he hadn’t thought about him in years.  Thanks for the memory.

Have you connected with us on Facebook? Or better yet, why not stop by the research room and take a look at some of our over 800,000 photos.   Who will you recognize?

Wedding of Dorothy Walsh and Sgt. Henry Neibanck



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