Delaware Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974
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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 Vital Records
Collection years 1650-1974
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of various vital records, including, births, marriages, deaths, Bible and tombstone records from the Delaware Public Archives. Although the records span various year ranges they generally cover the years 1650 to 1974. More images and records will be published as they become available.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Delaware, Vital Records, 1650-1974.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Registration date
  • Race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' address
  • Parents' birth places
  • Father’s occupation

Marriage

  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence or address of bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Officiator

Death

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age or birth date
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Birth place
  • Name of parents
  • Surviving spouse
  • Race
  • Last known address
  • Parents' names
  • Informant’s names
  • Informant’s residence

Collection Content

Sample Images

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Delaware Marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual or individuals
  • The approximate date and place of the event

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Record Category
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volume to view the images.


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 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.

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 information found to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities. Records of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states
  • Search the appropriate related collections
Delaware State Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Delaware State Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Delaware State Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Record Finder

Consult the Delaware Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records

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 Vital Records, 1650-1974." Database with images. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 14 August 2018. Delware Public Archives, Dover.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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