Delaware, Vital Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1860 to 1962.<br>
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The collection consists of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. It includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and tombstone records. Althought the records span various year ranges they generally cover the years 1860 to 1962.
 
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The collection consists of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. The collection includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and tombstone records spanning various year ranges.  
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This collection of family Bible pages includes certificates, funeral programs, obituaries and other things found within family Bibles in the state of Delaware. Most of the folders in this waypoint - Delaware, Vital Records 1680-1961, Bible Records, Folder 64-103 contain a name of a family in the center tab of the file folder, with pages and memorabilia taken from that bible. However, a few of these folders do not appear to be from one family Bible and are folders composed entirely of one type of record. These folders do not have family names attached to them and the images within each folder appear to be from more than one family. This can be confusing when the individual search suddenly comes across several folders full of Burial or Removal Permits.  
 
This collection of family Bible pages includes certificates, funeral programs, obituaries and other things found within family Bibles in the state of Delaware. Most of the folders in this waypoint - Delaware, Vital Records 1680-1961, Bible Records, Folder 64-103 contain a name of a family in the center tab of the file folder, with pages and memorabilia taken from that bible. However, a few of these folders do not appear to be from one family Bible and are folders composed entirely of one type of record. These folders do not have family names attached to them and the images within each folder appear to be from more than one family. This can be confusing when the individual search suddenly comes across several folders full of Burial or Removal Permits.  
  
 
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1447341/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1447341/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
 
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.
 
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:  
  
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*Child’s name  
 
*Child’s name  
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The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:  
  
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[[Image:Delaware Vital Records Marriage DGS 5099254 283.jpg|thumb|right|Delaware Vital Records Marriage DGS 5099254 283.jpg]]  
  
 
*Full name of bride and groom  
 
*Full name of bride and groom  
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The following important biographical facts may be found in the death records:  
 
The following important biographical facts may be found in the death records:  
  
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[[Image:Delaware Vital Records Death DGS 5099241 276.jpg|thumb|right|Delaware Vital Records Death DGS 5099241 276.jpg]]  
  
 
*Name of deceased  
 
*Name of deceased  
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==== Using the Information  ====
 
==== Using the Information  ====
  
When you have located your ancestor’s 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.  
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When you have located your ancestor’s 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. For example:  
 
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For example:  
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*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*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.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
 
*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
 
*Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
 
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
 
*The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.  
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  
If you are unable to find the ancestors you are looking for, try the following:
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
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*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.
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Search the appropriate related collection
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:[[Delaware State Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:[[Delaware State Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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:[[Delaware State Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities. Records of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.  
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
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*[[Wilmington Delaware Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Wilmington Delaware Family History Center]]  
*[[Delaware|Delaware]]  
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*[[Delaware]]  
 
*[[Delaware Vital Records]]
 
*[[Delaware Vital Records]]
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*[[Delaware Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Delaware Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Delaware Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==

Revision as of 00:34, 13 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Delaware, Vital Records, 1680-1962 .

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of various vital records from the Delaware Public Archives. It includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and tombstone records. Althought the records span various year ranges they generally cover the years 1860 to 1962.

This collection of family Bible pages includes certificates, funeral programs, obituaries and other things found within family Bibles in the state of Delaware. Most of the folders in this waypoint - Delaware, Vital Records 1680-1961, Bible Records, Folder 64-103 contain a name of a family in the center tab of the file folder, with pages and memorabilia taken from that bible. However, a few of these folders do not appear to be from one family Bible and are folders composed entirely of one type of record. These folders do not have family names attached to them and the images within each folder appear to be from more than one family. This can be confusing when the individual search suddenly comes across several folders full of Burial or Removal Permits.

For a list of record categories currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Delaware Bureau of Vital Statistics. Vital Records, Delaware Public Archives, Wilmington, Delaware.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The following important biographical facts may be found in the birth records:

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  • Child’s name
  • Child’s sex
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Registration date
  • Race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' address
  • Parents' birth places
  • Father’s occupation

The following important biographical facts may be found in the marriage records:

Delaware Vital Records Marriage DGS 5099254 283.jpg
  • Full name of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence or address of bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • Number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Officiator

The following important biographical facts may be found in the death records:

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  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age or birth date
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Birth place
  • Name of parents
  • Surviving spouse
  • Race
  • Last known address
  • Parents' names
  • Informant’s names
  • Informant’s residence

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the Record Category ⇒ Select the Record Type, Year Range, and Volume which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, infant, or deceased

Search the Collection

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. Look at the list of entries created by your search. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s 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. For example:

  • 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.
  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information.
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the birth date or age 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.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county. However, ministers may have reported marriages performed in other counties.
  • Compile the marriage entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the marriage records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the bride and groom who may have married in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in vital records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the appropriate related collection
Delaware State Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Delaware State Death Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
Delaware State Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities. Records of Delaware residents may also be recorded in adjoining states, such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Delaware, Vital Records, 1680-1962," images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-24428-24334-70?cc=1447341&wc=13684782) Bible records > Bible records, c 1680-2000, Folders 001 - 063 > Image 4 of 367 Images, Elizabeth A. Hudson, born September 7, 1870; Delaware Public Archives, Wilmington, Delaware.