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  Archived Posts From: 2012


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

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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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