This weekend we pause to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I would like to take a few minutes to tell you that we have lots of records relating to not only Delaware’s involvement in wars, but the individuals who served. We have records from the Revolutionary War up through Vietnam. To give you an idea of the types of records, we have a World War II memorial volume, letters from Delaware soldiers that were used in the Vietnam Mailbag book, pension records for soldiers from the Civil War and oaths of allegiance for Revolutionary War soldiers. We have service records for World War I and a list of those who lost their lives in Korea. And of course, we have photographs. I have a small sample below. To learn more about what military records we have you, can search our on-line guide or come and visit us. We’d love to see ya!
The Delaware Public Archives will sponsor a workshop entitled Using HeritageQuest to Find Your Family Roots on Saturday, June 5, 10:30 a.m. HeritageQuest Online is a unique resource for both genealogical and historical researchers. With coverage dating back to the late 1700s, researchers can use HeritageQuest to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled. Among the collections included on HeritageQuest are the U.S. Census 1790 – 1930, UMI Genealogy & Local History books collection, PERSI (Perodicals Source Index), and Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files.
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 Thomas.Summers@state.de.us.
This past weekend was the spring race for NASCAR at Dover International Speedway. One might say “What would the archives possibly have on a NASCAR event?” For starters, we have lots of photographs. We have great aerial views of Dover Downs from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. It is incredible to see how the seating has changed over the years. We have a large newspaper collection that includes the Delaware State News going back to 1965. There are some wonderful articles about the track and such stars including Richard Petty, Bill Elliott, Neil Bonnet, and Dale Earnhardt Sr.
For more pictures from past races at Dover Downs, view theNASCAR album on our Facebook page.
We had a group of students come in the other day that was studying early Delaware. Their assignment was to find interesting tidbits about Delaware. We sent them to the early court records for each of the counties. They were surprised at what they found.
For example, there is a list and description of livestock earmarks registered with the Kent County Court in 1686 and 1687, and a court docket showing fines of 50 lbs. of tobacco for smoking in court. But the most interesting thing they found were the bounties for wolf heads. First they couldn’t believe that Delaware had wolves at one time and then they kept saying “they actually brought the head in to get paid?” They made copies of the pages and all received “A’s” on their reports.
To learn more about Delaware’s early period view our Examining The 17th Century Through The Documents Of The Delaware Public Archives exhibit on our digital archives page.