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A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains Bible records from Delaware. The collection is: Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Delaware. Old Bible Records. 13 Volumes. Newark, Delaware: n.p., 1944-73. FHL book 975.1 V29d and FHL film 845762 (first of 5 films) This collection contains records of persons living about 1650-1970, to which the Historical Society of Delaware has an every-name index.


Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

A partial index to the DAR collection of Bible records is:

Kirkham, E. Kay. An Index to Some of the Bibles and Family Records of the United States. Volume 2. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1984. FHL book 973 D22kk v. 2 and FHL fiche 6089184

The Delaware Public Archives (see the "Archives and Libraries" section for the address) is actively collecting and indexing Bible records. You can write for more information about the current status of this collection. The Historical Society of Delaware (see the "Archives and Libraries" section for the address) also collects Bible records.

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.