Delaware Land and Property

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Sussex County, Delaware

Online Resources

Colonial and Early State Land Records

The earliest land grants in Delaware were given by the Swedes and Dutch. When the English acquired the area in 1664, land grants were issued by the proprietary of James, Duke of York, in New York. When jurisdiction fell to William Penn in 1682, land was granted by this proprietary until the Revolutionary War. Records of the Penn proprietary have been microfilmed:
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The following sources may be helpful to find references to people in the early records:


The following include land record inventories:

County Records

County land records were filed in the county courts. The county recorders have deeds, mortgages, and leases from the late 1600s to the present. The Family History Library has microfilms of deeds and deed indexes, warrants, surveys, patents, and bonds for all three counties. These deeds are available on microfilm at the Family History Library:

You will find these listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under DELAWARE, [COUNTY] - LAND AND PROPERTY.

The Delaware Public Archives has microfilms of road records, 1786-1940 for the three counties. These may mention persons who resided by the roads, and may list the names of persons helping to maintain the roads.


New Castle County Recorder of Deeds has an online index to the land records.  Simple Search allows a search by name and date range. Summary Data shows volume, page, and type.  Archive Search gives choice of volume and page for a book type, such as dee (deed).  After the selection, the digital page will be shown.

Delaware Land Records, mostly later years for:
- Kent County - an index and images for a fee.
- Sussex County - a free index with images available for a small fee.


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