Delaware Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Birth and Christening Index
Collection years 1710-1896
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Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index for births and christenings in the years 1710 to 1896 comprised of the following:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1710-1896 Marriages, 1713-1953 Deaths and Burials, 1815-1955
Delaware 12,395 16,989 31,756
Kent 0 3,098 20,509
New Castle 17,634 46,578 127,021
Sussex 269 3,359 30,306
Total 30,298 70,024 209,592

What Can These Records Tell Me?

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Births and Christenings Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

The records in this collection may include:

  • The name of the child
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of christening
  • Names of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

The records may also include:

  • Death date (if occurring within a few years of birth)

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the person
  • The place where the birth occurred
  • The approximate date of birth

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710-1896." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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