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  Archived Posts From: 2015


How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Written on: May 28th, 2015 in Blog PostsEvents at the Archives

Are you ready to put together your family’s genealogy? On Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m., professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon 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. This workshop will look at the top 100 genealogy websites and teach which historical records can reveal the most about your family’s past. Participants will learn proven methods to root out their most elusive ancestors, and how they can continue to develop new genealogy research skills on their own.

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995. In addition to conducting research and providing genealogical coaching, Dixon currently teaches both beginner and intermediate level genealogy courses. She also lectures regularly throughout the tri-state area. One of Dixon’s particular areas of specialization is United States military records. She is also a member of the planning committee for the Main Line Genealogy Club in the Philadelphia area.

The workshop 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

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DPA Digital Collections on the Delaware Heritage Collection

Written on: May 7th, 2015 in Blog PostsInside the DPAMaps and SurveysPhotographsResearch Room

Katie Hall, reference archivist

It’s been a while since we’ve highlighted processing and digitizing activities at DPA, and that’s because we’ve been working along like busy little bees to increase access to some of our most popular and most accessed photograph collections. These images are available on the Delaware Public Archive’s section of the Delaware Heritage Collection and we’re adding new items monthly!

Photo of Delaware Heritage Collection screenshots

Delaware Heritage Collection Screenshots

The Delaware Heritage Collection is an online portal supported by the Delaware Division of Libraries that makes it possible for cultural institutions in Delaware to share items that were previously only accessible in person at those institutions.

Our new landing page on the Delaware Heritage Collection includes a thumbnail image and brief description of each collection. Search all of our uploaded collections on the landing page, or search for a particular image on the collection’s page. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for or have any questions, please let us know!

We recently made the Delaware Development Office (DEDO) Photograph Collection available on the Delaware Heritage Collection. This collection features photos taken between 1941 and 1973 that document state development activities like festivals and community celebrations, construction and opening of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, and political campaigns.

In addition to the photograph collections, we have been busy scanning and uploading maps, State Manuals, Legislative Rosters, and agency Annual Reports to make these frequently-requested collections available to researchers.

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