Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954
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|Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States|
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|Location of Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware|
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|Record Type||Vital Records|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
The records consist of vital records and indexes from Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Some of these records may be duplicated in the New Castle County registers. The records include:
- Births (1881-1919)
- Marriages (1881-1954)
- Deaths (1881-1954)
To Browse This Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
Statewide registration of births began in 1861, was discontinued in 1863, then resumed in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1921.
Delaware counties began keeping marriage records as early as 1832. These records have been transferred from the counties to the Delaware Public Archives. These early county marriage records are not available at the Family History Library; however, the library has records of some pre-1847 marriage bonds. State registration of marriages began in 1847 and was generally complied with by 1913. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of the marriage bonds for 1744-1836 and 1855-1861, and licenses for 1889-1894. You can obtain marriage records for the most recent 40 years by writing to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. For marriages recorded more than 40 years ago, contact the Delaware Public Archives.
Marriages of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.
Although some deaths were recorded as early as 1855, state registration of deaths officially began in 1881 and was generally complied with by 1890.
The Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics has death records for the most recent 40 years. For deaths recorded over forty years ago, contact the Delaware Public Archives.
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Counties in Delaware recorded marriages to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs by documenting marriages and property ownership.
Vital records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant.
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
- The approximate date and place of the birth, marriage or death
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View the Images
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume to view the images.
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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, marriage, or death 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 residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
- Search for a death record
- Search for an obituary or cemetery record
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the names
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning or end of record collections. You may also want to check with a local historical or genealogical society as they often create indexes to local records
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, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 5 December 2016. Public Archives, Dover.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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