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  Archived Posts From: 2012


The War of 1812 Comes to the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: June 28th, 2012 in Delaware History

       2012 marks the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. An exhibit about this war sometimes referred to as the Second Revolutionary War in America, will be put on display at the Delaware Public Archives starting June18th. The exhibit will present some of the Archive’s finest documents relating to the war, along with highlighting a few of Delaware’s heroes who bravely defended our great state. In the war that would inspire Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner and see the White House in flames, the small state of Delaware would contribute much to the defense of the nation. Delaware’s brave men and women helped stave off a British attack in the town of Lewes, render a devastating defeat on the British fleet on Lake Champlain, and contributed to ending the war through the Treaty of Ghent. Come see more about these events and much more about Delaware’s role in the war at the Delaware Public Archives. If you see the exhibit and want more, check out our links to the War of 1812 website along with our free eBooks.

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How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Written on: June 26th, 2012 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

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

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Delaware Public Archives Introduces Spanish Speakers to Vast Collection through YouTube

Written on: June 12th, 2012 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesInside the DPAResearch Room

The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is reaching out to native Spanish speakers to let them know what resources and services DPA provides.  To that end, DPA has produced a new Spanish-language video, as part of its Inside the Delaware Public Archives series. It can be viewed on DPA’s YouTube channel at  Between 1990 and 2008, the number of people speaking Spanish at home in Delaware more than tripled (from 15,302 to 47,614).  “This is a creative way to reach the growing number of people speaking Spanish at home in Delaware who want to learn more about our state’s history, as well as the useful documents which can be found at the Public Archives,” said Governor Jack Markell.   The video, as with the other 13 videos in the Archives series, is less than three minutes long and is intended to be a basic introduction to resources and services which can be further explored by visiting or contacting DPA. The Archives’ next Spanish language video will focus on Delaware’s role as the First State.

“I felt that our very successful YouTube series would be the best vehicle to provide this useful information to Delawareans who might prefer to access it in Spanish,” said Director Stephen Marz.  Without a fluent Spanish speaker on staff, the Delaware Public Archives recruited Patty VanSant – a native of Chile who has lived in Dover for the last six years – to present the information in the video.  In her presentation, Mrs. VanSant focuses on three types of records: vital statistics, education records, and migrant records.  Vital statistical records may be needed for passports, pensions, Medicaid and other government benefits, as well as personal IDs. Education and migrant records may provide critical student information such as transcripts, immunization documents, SAT scores, and Certificates of Eligibility (COEs) which determine eligibility for migrant resources.  The Archives video series was a finalist for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s 2012 IDEAS (Innovation, Dedication, Excellence & Achievement in Service) Award.  All of the videos were produced in-house from script writing to filming to posting.  

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