A family researcher can now use their Delaware Library Card at home to find Delaware births through 1908; and Delaware marriages and deaths through 1933, through collaboration between the Delaware Public Archives, Delaware Division of Libraries and Ancestry.com.


Through collaboration between the Delaware Public Archives, Delaware Division of Libraries and Ancestry.com, a family researcher can now use their Delaware Library Card at home to find Delaware births through 1908; and Delaware marriages and deaths through 1933.

These original records, in the possession of the Delaware Public Archives, have been digitized, alphabetized and placed on the Ancestry.com website. These vital statistics cover all three counties in Delaware.

To access this information, log in to the Delaware Library Catalog page at www.lib.de.us and click on “Delaware Genealogy Online” at the top of the menu, and then search the Delaware page of Ancestry.com.

If a researcher wants to look at the original record they will be asked to submit their first and last name and an email address in order to receive a password for a free trial subscription to Ancestry.com. Although it is designated as a trial subscription, it will never expire.

Delaware Naturalizations through 1850 will be the next addition to this project. Will books through 1947 and land records through 1947 also will be available at a later date.

“I think the addition of these Delaware Vital Statistics to Ancestry.com will provide a valuable online genealogical tool for people searching for their Delaware roots,” said Dawn Mitchell, Archives Research Room supervisor.

For more information, visit the Delaware Public Archives site at www.archives.delaware.gov. Look for Digital Ancestry under the Services section.