Delaware Public Archives
121 Duke of York Street
Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room
Guest Submitter: Garth Coombs
The Archives holds a great collection of Delaware state records. By their statement, it has more records than the Wilmington Historical Society, which was my original destination.
There is a card file of everybody. Separate notebooks with orphans court records, land records, probate records, marriage, death, birth, cemeteries, insurance files. All supported by microfilms. More importantly, the Archivists are extremely helpful. They gave us a complete tour of the facility and made excellent suggestions on looking at probate, and insurance records.
Based on the Archivist’s suggestion we found the 1855 will and probate record of my great, great grandfather. Upon reading the will I found his two children by a first marriage, along with his daughters’ husband’s name. I had found no record of them anywhere else.
Also based on her suggestion, we found his home insurance record which gave a complete house description, including dimensions, attached kitchen, smoke house, crib, granary, stable, carriage house, pump, ash house, cart house, plus names of adjoining houses and factory.
All in all, if you have anyone in Delaware, it is a good place to visit.