Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Delaware, Wilmington Vital Records, 1847-1954
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|Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, |
|Flag of Delaware|
|Location of Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware|
|Location of Delaware|
|Record Type||Vital Records|
|Public Archives, Dover|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
The records consist of vital records and indexes from Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. Some of these records may be duplicated in the New Castle County registers. The records include:
- Births (1881-1919)
- Marriages (1881-1954)
- Deaths (1881-1954)
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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
Sample Images[edit | edit source]
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.
Birth and deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Counties in Delaware recorded marriages to safeguard the interests of the wife and other legal heirs by documenting marriages and property ownership.
Vital records are considered to be primary source records. Information in these records is usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant.
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The approximate date and place of the birth, marriage or death
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
When you have located your ancestor’s birth, marriage, or death 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.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- 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
- Search for a death record
- Search for an obituary or cemetery record
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the names
- 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
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Delaware.
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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