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Online Delaware indexes and images

1870-1940

Online Federal and State Population Schedules of Delaware 
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Federal population schedules

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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the Family History Library
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Federal Census Microfilms Available from the National Archives
1940 N/A 1910 T624 1870 M593         1840 M704 1810 M252
1930 T626 1900 T623  Soundex T1037 1860 M653 1830 M19 1800 M32
1920 T625  Soundex M1554 1880 T9  Soundex T741 1850 M432 1820 M33 1790 M637
     


Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the population schedules of Delaware, click here

Federal non-population schedules

Online indexes and images

Online Federal Non-Population Schedules for Delaware

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Family History Library Federal Census Non-Population Schedule Microfilms for Delaware

  • 1890 and 1900 African Americans and Agriculture census. NARA, Prechtel-Kluskens, Claire, and U.S. Bureau of the Census List of selected African Americans from the 1890 and 1900 Federal population censuses of Delaware and related census publications; agriculture in the state of Delaware (1901) and Negroes in the United States (1904)FHL Collection
  • 1860 slave owners. Family History Library FHL Collection
  • 1850 slave owners. Family History Library FHL Collection
  • 1850-1880 Mortality census. FHL Collection
  • 1790 Reconstructed census. DeValinger, Leon Reconstructed 1790 census of Delaware FHL Collection

National ArchivesFederal Census Non-Population ScheduleMicrofilms for Delaware

  • 1935 Census of Business
  • 1820 - 1880 Manufactures Census

Indexes: fiche, film, or book

For a list of microform and book indexes for the non-population schedules of Delaware, click here.

State, territorial, and colonial censuses

Delaware took several censuses before the first federal census was done. The dates are listed below. These census records may have columns that were different or more unusual than those found on federal censuses. The responses and years of coverage may give additional information on the family.

  • 1782 Population schedules for these "hundreds" (townships): Branywine, Christiana, St. George's, Duck Creek, Little Creek, and Lewes Town.[9] The state census has been reconstructed for the rest of the state from tax lists.
  • 1693 A special census was taken of Swedes who were associated with the Swedish Lutheran Church and who were living in Pennsylvania, Delaware, west New Jersey, and Cecil County, Maryland. The census and an index to it are in Craig, Peter Stebbins. The 1693 Census of the Swedes on the Delaware. Winter Park, Florida: SAG Publications, 1993. (Family History Library book 973 X4c.)
  • 1671 New Castle County, Delaware; Philadelphia and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington County, New Jersey.[10]

Existing and lost censuses

For a list of available and missing Delaware censuses, click here.

Why use a census?

A well-indexed census is one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. You can also use censuses to follow the changes in a family over time, and identify neighbors. These and other clues provided by censuses are important because they help find additional kinds of records about the family.


More about censuses

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Sources and footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 FamilySearch, a free online service of the Family History Library, including free images of many federal censuses, including an index of the 1880 federal census of the United States; connected with 1880 census images provided by Ancestry.com, a subscription site.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Internet Archive, a free online service includes free images of most of the federal censuses.
  3. 3.0 3.1 HeritageQuest has arranged with many subscribing public libraries in the United States to allow users free access on home computers by means of their personal library card numbers. HeritageQuest provides images of all surviving 1790 to 1930 federal censuses, and indexes to many but not all of them.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fold3, formerly known as Footnote.com, a subscription site partnering with the National Archives and includes some federal censuses. Free access is available at many public libraries.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Ancestry.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources. They have three online editions: (1) an FHL edition free only at the Family History Library and a few Family History Centers, (2) a slightly smaller Library edition free only at some public libraries, and (3) a Home edition subscription service for individuals.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Archives.com, a subscription site that provides online indexes and images to all surviving federal census records, among other sources.
  7. 7.0 7.1 FamilyLink.com, a subscription site that provides online images (and some indexes) to all surviving federal and many state census records, among other sources.
  8. 8.0 8.1 HeritageQuest has slave owner schedule images only.
  9. Ann S. Lainhart, State Census Records (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992)[[FHL book 973 X2Lai]], 29.
  10. Peter Stebbins Craig, 1671 Census of the Delaware (Philadelphia, Pa.: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1999)[FHL Book 974 X2c 1671].

 

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