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  Archived Posts From: 2010


What Is A Hundred?

Written on: February 26th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryMaps and SurveysResearch Room

Have you ever looked at your deed and seen the term hundred? Have you ever wondered what that meant?  A couple came in after they had purchased their new house. They were curious what the term Appoquinimink  Hundred meant  on their deed.

The term hundred originated in England and is defined as a division of a county. It is different than a township or an election district. There is much debate, even today, among historians whether the term was defined as every hundred farms, every hundred families, or even every hundred men to bear arms. Delaware is the only state that still uses this term. 

 The couple looked at hundreds maps, histories of Delaware, and William Penn’s earliest references to hundreds in the early court records of New Castle County. They discovered that Appoquinimink Hundred was established in 1682 and that Delaware has 33 hundreds. So what hundred do you live in?

 Another resource for information regarding hundreds can be found at the University of Delaware Library.

Picture of Appoquinimink Hundred 1830 to Present

Appoquinimink Hundred 1830 to Present

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On the Home Front: Delaware Women during the Civil War

Written on: February 22nd, 2010 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

The Delaware Public Archives will sponsor a Civil War program entitled On the Home Front: Delaware Women during the Civil War on Saturday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. As with previous wars, the women kept the home fires burning as the men marched off to engage in battle. But during the Civil War, things were just a little bit different. Covering the political and social sway of the times, Bobbi Steele-Wilkins, a member of the Central Delaware Civil War Roundtable, will present a view of women’s lives in Delaware from 1861-1865. Working in homes, factory and field to provide for themselves and the armies, they added physical, monetary and moral support to their family and friends in a border state full of divided loyalties.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Duke of York Street in Dover, Delaware.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

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Great Response to the Judy Johnson Program

Written on: February 22nd, 2010 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

More than 25 people came out on Saturday, Feb. 20, for the Judy Johnson program at the Archives.  Not only did the speaker, Ellen Rendle, do a great job of presenting information about Johnson’s life and career, but numerous individuals who knew Mr. Johnson came forward to talk about their remembrances.  Several persons noted that Johnson was always willing to help out young ballplayers in any way that he could.  In addition, Joe Mitchell of Wilmington brought a number of items from his Negro Leagues collection that truly added to the day’s program.   An article about the program appeared in Sunday’s News Journal.

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Olympics or Bust!

Written on: February 19th, 2010 in Research Room

I was watching the Olympics this week and was listening to the commentators talking about the athletes that live in the United States but play for other countries. I couldn’t help but think about a family we helped in 2007.

 We had a mother call who wanted to get dual citizenship for her son. He was a baseball player .They were of Italian heritage and he wanted to play baseball for Italy. 

 In order to do this, she needed to get copies of vital statistics with the Apostille Seal. Every country has a different set of requirements that you must meet in order to prove your lineage. For Italy, you have to go all the way to the boat your ancestor got off of.   We provided her with legal copies of death and marriage certificates of her grandfather, with live signatures.

 Her son received dual citizenship and went on to play for Italy.

 For more information on Apostille Seal process visit the Division of Corporations

For more information on Delaware’s Olympians visit the Delaware Sports Museum

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Rescheduling of Judy Johnson Program

Written on: February 15th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

Because of the avalanche of snow Delaware has experienced since early February, the program on Judy Johnson, the first Delawarean elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 20, 10:30 a.m.   For more information check out the announcement on the Archives website.

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Are You Sure Pop-Pop Served In The Civil War?

Written on: February 12th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Have you ever had an Uncle that always has a story about one of your ancestors serving in a war? So the story goes of war heroes in every family. Did you ever wonder if it was the truth?  A young lady came in because her uncle had been telling her for years about her great, great grandfather who served in the civil war.  She thought her uncle was putting her on so she wanted to see if she could find something.  She found out that Uncle Joe was telling the truth.  She looked at clothing books, service records, and more importantly her grandfather’s pension file.

For more information view our Civil War Guide

Photo of the Color Guard Of The First Delaware Regiment

Earliest Known Record Of The Use Of The Delaware State Flag

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AHH! You Mean I’m Not Really Married?

Written on: February 2nd, 2010 in PhotographsResearch Room

You’ve been asking your kids for years to give you a trip to Europe for Christmas. You don’t need any more knickknacks, gift certificates, etc.  And this year they finally did!  Now you have to get your passport. 

I had an extremely excited woman call to get a copy of her marriage certificate from 1964.  Guess what?  We discovered it didn’t exist.  We found the marriage application that had been filled out, but there was no certificate. It seems the minister never mailed the return back in to the office.

So what do you do if you don’t have your marriage certificate?  You will need to contact the Office of Vital Statistics main office in Dover.  They can issue a delayed certificate.  They will use a letter provided by us and some other documents to issue the certificate. The lady got her marriage certificate and had a wonderful time in Europe.

Read more about how to obtain records from the Office of Vital Statistics

Photo of Dillwyn And Gigi Parrish Leave Claymont For Their honeymoon On October 3, 1927.

Dillwyn And Gigi Parrish Leave Claymont For Their honeymoon On October 3, 1927.

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