Delaware Orphan Court Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Delaware Orphan Court Records, 1680-1978
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|Flag of Delaware|
|Location of Delaware|
|Record Type||Orphan Court|
|Delaware 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]
This collection contains records for the years 1680 to 1978 from the Delaware Public Archives. The Orphan Court deals with guardianship of minors, real estate left intestate, partition of real estate, and appeals from the Register of Wills.
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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:
- Names of interested parties
- Date of court proceeding or transaction
- Details of the case
- Amount of money exchanged or paid
- Names of family members, heirs, and witnesses
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The place of residence
- The court date
- The names of interested individuals
Search the Index[edit | edit source]
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View the Images[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Use the date and locality to search for census and church records
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the deceased
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct
- Witnesses in court cases may be close relatives
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Consult the Delaware Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records
- Check for variant spellings of the surnames
- Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local historical and genealogical groups also compile indexes to local records
- Search the records of nearby counties
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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