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The following important events in the history of Delaware affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.
 
The following important events in the history of Delaware affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.
  
'''1638: ''' Swedes began settling in the Delaware area.
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'''1638: ''' Swedes began settling in the Delaware area.
  
'''1655'''<nowiki>:  The area was conquered by the Dutch. </nowiki>
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'''1655'''<nowiki>:&nbsp; The area was conquered by the Dutch.&nbsp;</nowiki>
  
'''1664'''<nowiki>:  Delaware became a British colony. </nowiki>
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'''1664'''<nowiki>:&nbsp; Delaware became a British colony.&nbsp;</nowiki>
  
'''1682-1776: ''' Pennsylvania's governor controlled much of Delaware, although Delaware had its own provincial assembly after 1703.
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'''1682-1776:&nbsp;''' Pennsylvania's governor controlled much of Delaware, although Delaware had its own provincial assembly after 1703.
  
'''1684-1736: ''' The colonial government of Maryland laid claim to southern and western Delaware.
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'''1684-1736:&nbsp;''' The colonial government of Maryland laid claim to southern and western Delaware.
  
'''1776: ''' Delaware declared its independence from Britain and established a government separate from that of Pennsylvania.
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'''1776:&nbsp;''' Delaware declared its independence from Britain and established a government separate from that of Pennsylvania.
  
'''1787: ''' Delaware became the first state.
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'''1787:&nbsp;''' Delaware became the first state.
  
'''1861-1865: ''' During the Civil War, Delaware was a Union state.
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'''1861-1865:&nbsp;''' During the Civil War, Delaware was a Union state.
  
 
One of the best sources for studying Delaware history is:
 
One of the best sources for studying Delaware history is:
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Revision as of 22:26, 18 January 2008

The following important events in the history of Delaware affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.

1638:  Swedes began settling in the Delaware area.

1655:  The area was conquered by the Dutch. 

1664:  Delaware became a British colony. 

1682-1776:  Pennsylvania's governor controlled much of Delaware, although Delaware had its own provincial assembly after 1703.

1684-1736:  The colonial government of Maryland laid claim to southern and western Delaware.

1776:  Delaware declared its independence from Britain and established a government separate from that of Pennsylvania.

1787:  Delaware became the first state.

1861-1865:  During the Civil War, Delaware was a Union state.

One of the best sources for studying Delaware history is:

Scharf, John Thomas. History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Two volumes. Tucson, Arizona: W. C. Cox, 1974. (FHL film 1000154.) An excellent, detailed history with names, dates, and places.

Scharf's book is indexed in:

Coghlan, Gladys M. Index to History of Delaware, 1609-1888. Wilmington, Delaware: Historical Society of Delaware, 1976. (FHL book 975.1 H2s index; fiche 6088424-26.)

Other important histories, many including biographical sketches and name indexes, can be found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

DELAWARE - HISTORY

DELAWARE, [COUNTY] - HISTORY

Websites

http://portal.delaware.gov/facts/history/delhist.shtml

http://www.hsd.org/