Wilmington Delaware Family History Center

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Wilmington Delaware Family History Center

The Wilmington Delaware Family History Center (FHC) serves the Wilmington Delaware area. We are located in the west wing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and are staffed by 15+ volunteers. Our Facility contains computers, Microfilm\fiche readers and a scanner. We also have hundreds of Microfilms and thousands of Microfiche in the FHC. Our staff is experienced in multi-cultural research including U.S., European, Hispanic and African-American. They are also familiar with research in multiple languages such as English, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Family History Center Located in this Church Building .JPG Family History Center Entrance.JPG Parking Lot for Family History Center.JPG

Entrance to the Family History Center located halfway down the building on the right side. The Wilmington Delaware FHC is open to the public. All are welcome and our services are free.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

Location Map: Location Map

Address: 143 Dickinson Lane, Wilmington, DE

  • Please note, this is not a mailing address. Located in Westhaven (off Dupont Road between Kennett Pike (Route 52) Lancaster Pike (Route 48)). There is ample parking on the side of the building. Please ring the bell or call, our staff will open the door.

Languages: English ; Spanish

Phone: 302-654-1911

E-mail: de_wilmington@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours:

  • Tuesdays: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 6:00pm-9:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am-1:00pm

Holiday Schedule: Closed Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 25 to Dec.2 and Dec. 23 - Jan.6,2020.

Closed 1st weekend in Apr/Oct for General Conference

Inclement Weather: Closings posted with WDEL SnoWatch -- Snowatch

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

Collections[edit | edit source]

  • Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
  • Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
  • Book Collection: --

Databases and Software[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Center Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions,
  • Premium Websites that can be accessed at the Center without charge:
  1. Ancestry.com - Institution version
  2. World Vital Records• Access Newspaper Archive
  3. 19th Century British Library Newspaper Digital Archive
  4. Alexander Street Press -- The American Civil War: Research Database | Letters and Diaries | Images, Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera Social and Cultural History | Women and Social Movements in the United States
  5. ArkivDigital Online
  6. Create your Who Do You Think You Are? Story, for free
  7. Findmypast - Institution version
  8. Fold3.com (formerly Footnote)
  9. Historic Map Works - Library Edition
  10. LegacyStories
  11. MyHeritage - Library Edition
  12. Paper Trail
  13. ProQuest Obituary Listings
  14. Puzzilla.org - Premium Services

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • Computers for online Family History Research
  • Microfilm and Microfiche Readers
  • Microfilm Scanner (with computer interface to load records to flash drives)
  • Printer and Scanner to upload Pictures and Documents

Center Services[edit | edit source]

Staff Research Specialties[edit | edit source]

Resources in the Local Area[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Links[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Research Wiki: What It Can Do For You!: A comprehensive video presentation explaining the Wiki, navigating it, and some especially useful pages. Case studies demonstrate using the Wiki for genealogical research. Editing and adding articles to the Wiki are covered.

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]