Posts Tagged ‘Orphan’s Court Records’

Delaware Public Archives to hold Workshop on Organizing Genealogical Information

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Are your digital genealogy files all over the place? Have you discovered a record for your ancestor, twice? Librarian Leah Youse will be presenting a program at the Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. on developing methods of genealogical arrangement and organization. Whether you are just getting started or you have been conducting online research for years, this talk will provide ideas to take your organizational system to the next level. Youse will focus on managing files and folders, email, and research, including a brief discussion on easing the burden with software.

Leah Youse earned her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from The University of Alabama and currently provides reference services to patrons at the Elkton Central Library in Cecil County, Maryland. She has done archival work with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Cecil County. Youse’s primary interests include research methodology and genealogy blogging.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail


Leah Youse

Leah Youse


Delaware Public Archives to Hold Genealogical Summit

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The Delaware Public Archives will be hosting a genealogical summit featuring two prominent speakers on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Shamele Jordon, genealogical lecturer and podcaster, will be presenting a program entitled Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research. Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging for will be offering a presentation on Using to Find Your Family Roots.

The first program, entitled Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research, features Ms. Jordon as she presents how family history research techniques remain unchanged, but can be more successful with the addition of today’s technology.   This session will cover organizing information on computers and mobile devices, using lineage software, storing in the cloud and other tips to maximize one’s ancestral search.

For the second presentation, Using to Find Your Family Roots, Ms. Petersen will be exploring the popular genealogical website to show researchers how they can use the program to gather important information about their ancestry and make contact with other genealogists worldwide who may be related and want to share their research.

Shamele Jordon is a researcher, lecturer, and podcaster.  Her biographical highlights include being a researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives Special and African American Lives II; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, lecturer at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Sabrina Petersen currently serves as the Director of Global Imaging for   A professional genealogist, she is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association oProfessional Genealogists. Petersen has contributed works to Ancestry Magazine and her lectures are part of the “Know Your Records” series at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Md. Her areas of expertise include Mid-West research), NARA research, and online research.

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

How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Are you ready to put together your family’s genealogy?  On Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m., Nancy Lyons will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on how to begin your family tree. This presentation will provide an excellent starting point for researching your genealogical roots.  Among the numerous types of resources to be discussed are vital statistics, census reports, and probate records. This is the first 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.  Other upcoming workshops in this series will include topics such as church records, naturalization papers, and American passenger arrival lists.

 Nancy Lyons is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.  The

Delaware Public Archives Launches Searchable Finding Aids Tool

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

There’s a new tool now available for online patrons to search the records of the Delaware Public Archives. Known as the Collection Gateway, this new feature searches the databases of nineteen different collections in the Archives. The Collection Gateway will open a treasure trove of information for historians, genealogists, and all citizens who have an interest in finding Delaware information online.  Among the collections now searchable online are Church records, Orphans Court records, Newspapers, Maps, Coroners Reports, Probates Reports, and Apprentice Indentures. The complete list can be found at or on the Delaware Public Archives homepage at Along with having the ability to easily search through these records; users can also integrate what they find and share their discoveries using social media tools such as facebook, twitter and e-mail.

There are nearly half a million records currently available online and the Delaware Public Archives will continue to add databases to more collections. The Gateway will be updated on a quarterly basis.  To make these materials available online, Archives staff extracted pertinent elements from each document to make it easy to identify each record.  Because not all the information was extracted, the Gateway gives only a glimpse into the full record.  Once a detail page for the document has been reached, it will be possible to e-mail a request for the full record to the Delaware Public Archives.  With this request, the Archives staff can pull the record and send a reply with a link to to purchase a copy. To view the original record, it is strongly recommended that patrons visit the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Center at the Delaware Public Archives.  Take some time to check out this exciting new feature!

We know where the bodies are buried, do you?

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

So have you ever been taking a nice leisurely walk through the woods, enjoying the fresh air, the sights, the sounds, and then boom you trip over something?  And has that something ever been a tombstone?  You can ask the gentleman that came in the other day because that’s exactly what happened to him.  Needless to say he was a little freaked out by the whole thing.  During his walk it seems he stumbled across an old family graveyard.  Some of the stones had broken while others were still in relatively good shape.  He wrote down the information that was on the stones and came in to see if he could find out more about the people.

 The stones were very old from the late 1700s to the mid 1800s. He was able to locate the individuals in the Walter G. Tatnall tombstone collection as well as the Tombstones of Sussex County book. He used our probate records, orphan’s court records, and our deed records to find out more about the family.

To learn more about the tombstone records we have here view our clip on the states YouTube channel.

 To see what other books on cemeteries we have browse the Delaware Library Catalog.

Old Swedes Church Cemetery

You Found What In The Barn?

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Have you ever been walking around an old barn or farm area and found something really cool?  That’s what happened the other day when a patron was walking around a barn on Miller Road off of Route 202.  She came across an old book entitled “Lessons from the Book of Common Prayer”, published in 1855.  There was an inscription in it. She came in to see if she could learn more about the person who owned the book.

 She used our birth, marriage, and death records. She also found some good information in our probate records and orphans’ court records.

 She was not only able to identify the woman that wrote the inscription, but found out lots of information on the family.  She was even able to determine the book was given as a wedding gift to the woman’s new daughter-in-law.

  For more information on the types of records we have, view our FAQ page.

Lessons From The Book Of Common Prayer

Who Do You Think You Are?

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

So I was watching TV the other night and happened to catch the new NBC show entitled “Who Do You Think You Are?”. It’s about 7 celebraties who are researching their genealogy. You never know what you may uncover or who you may be related to.

Did you know that you can find out more about your ancestors here at the archives? We have all sorts of records you can use to trace your family history. We have birth, marriage, and death records. We also have probates, deed, orphan’s court records, tax assessments, and manuscript genealogies just to name a few.

To learn more about some of the records I’ve mentioned and how they can be used to trace your family, visit our video series on YouTube.

Family Tree