New Castle County, Delaware Genealogy

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Guide to New Castle County Delaware genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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New Castle County, Delaware
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Location in the state of Delaware
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Founded August 8, 1673
County Seat Wilmington
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New Castle County, Delaware Historical Facts

New Castle County Courthouse
800 North French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302-571-7545

Formerly New Amistel County Name changed to New Castle by 31 Dec 1674.
Clerk of Peace has marriage records from 1911.
Prothonotary has divorce and court records.
Register of Wills has probate records; Recorder of Deeds has land records. [1]

The New Castle County Government Center
87 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720-1648

Parent County

1673 New Castle County was created 8 August 1673 from New Amistel (old) County. County seat: Wilmington [2]

New Castle County, Delaware Genealogy Resources

Bible Records


Courtesy of the Diocese of Wilmington:


For tips on accessing New Castle County, Delaware Genealogy census records online, see: Delaware Census.

Church Records

Contains the church records of:
  • Wilmington: Central Presbyterian Church; First Presbyterian Church; Holy Trinity Church; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Swedes Church

Christina Parish was located in what is now Wilmington. A 1754 membership list is preserved in Archivum Americanum at the Consistory Court of the Archbishop of Upsal in Sweden. A copy is held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.[3]

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Large numbers of Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, probably arrived at the port of New Castle in the early 1700s.[4]

Ethnic, Political or Religious Groups



Places / Localities

Populated Places


  • Delaware City
  • New Castle
  • Newark



  • Bellefonte
  • Elsmere
  • Middletown
  • Newport
  • Odessa
  • Smyrna
  • Townsend


  • Arden
  • Ardencroft
  • Ardentown

More information can be found at Delaware Hundreds.

  • Appoquinimink
  • Blackbird
  • Brandywine
  • Christiana
  • Mill Creek
  • New Castle
  • Pencader
  • Red Lion
  • St. George's
  • White Clay
  • Wilmington

Unincorporated Communities:

  • Bear
  • Blackbird
  • Brookside
  • Centreville
  • Christiana
  • Claymont
  • Edgemoor
  • Elmhurst
  • Glasgow
  • Greenville
  • Gwinhurst
  • Hockessin
  • Kirkwood
  • MacDonough
  • Manor
  • Marshallton
  • Minquadale
  • Montchanin
  • North Star
  • Pike Creek
  • Port Penn
  • Rockland
  • St. Georges
  • Stanton
  • Talleyville
  • Tybouts Corner
  • Wilmington Manor
  • Winterthur
  • Yorklyn

Neighboring Counties

Kent | Maryland counties: Cecil | Kent | New Jersey counties: Gloucester| Salem | Pennsylvania counties: Chester | Delaware



Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from New Castle County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in New Castle County.

- Nield's Independent Battery, Delaware Light Artillery
Revolutionary War


Delaware Public Archives has placed the New Castle County Naturalizations Original petitions and other legal documents of immigrants wishing to become American citizens on-line. There is an alphabetical listing of the names and dates.The date listed  reflects the year of the file and may vary from the document displayed. The file for each individual may contain more documentation.




The 1676 list of taxables has been published:

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), New Castle, Delaware Page 121 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Charles J. Stillé, "Archivum Americanum in the Consistory Court of the Archbishop of Upsal," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 15 (1891):482, 484-485. For free online access, see WeRelate.
  4. Wayland F. Dunaway, The Scotch-Irish of Colonial Pennsylvania (Chapel Hill, N.C.: The University of North Carolina Press, 1944), 51. Free digital version at PA's Past: Digital Bookshelf at Penn State.