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Am I Part American Indian?

Written on: March 31st, 2010 in Delaware HistoryResearch Room

Has anyone ever told you that you may have American Indian ancestry?  Have you ever wondered how you could find out?  One clue may be your last name.  Each tribe has particular surnames that are associated with them.  Names like Coker, Jackson, Durham, and Norwood to name just a few. There are two recognized American Indian […]


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Newly Conserved Document Shows 1825 Road from Smyrna to Seaford

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

Several items have just returned from being conserved and one of the more interesting ones is an oversize plot for a road from Cowgill’s Corner (south of Smyrna) to the Seaford area.  Completed in 1825, this plot provides a detailed look at one of period’s main transportation arteries through Kent and Sussex County.  While the […]


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Kidnapped!

Written on: March 26th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryResearch Room

Have you seen the new nonfiction book entitled “Birthright:  the true story that inspired Kidnapped” by A. Roger Ekirch? The book is set in 1728, when a 12-year old was kidnapped, sold into indentured servitude, and sent to Delaware, so his uncle could keep the property the boy should have inherited.  After 13 years, he […]


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Haunted Delaware

Written on: March 17th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

Do you ever watch the show Ghost Hunters?  It’s gotten to be a pretty big thing.  We had a group of high school students come in the other day that are big fans of the show and wanted to know if Delaware had any haunted places.  Of course we do! There are numerous stories of […]


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Snowmore!

Written on: March 10th, 2010 in Delaware HistoryPhotographsResearch Room

A family came in the other day from out of town.  They had come to visit relatives and couldn’t believe all the snow we had.  They couldn’t remember it ever being like this on any other family visit and asked if this was normal?  It made them wonder how many winters has Delaware had like […]


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Photos from Aviation’s Early Days

Written on: March 4th, 2010 in PhotographsResearch Room

Our photo archivist, Randy Goss, was organizing some of the photos from one of our Photograph Collections and found these great shots of Samuel P. Langley’s attempt to be the first man to fly. These six pictures were taken October 7, 1903 on the Potomac River.  Langley was the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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.  […]


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