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'''1682-1776:&nbsp;''' Pennsylvania's governor controlled much of Delaware, although Delaware had its own provincial assembly after 1703.
 
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'''1776:&nbsp;''' Delaware declared its independence from Britain and established a government separate from that of Pennsylvania.
 
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Revision as of 18:45, 15 April 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:&nbsp; The area was conquered by the Dutch.&nbsp;

1664:&nbsp; Delaware became a British colony.&nbsp;

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:  (December 7,) 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/