Resources for Vital and Other Records
The Office of Vital Statistics has birth records since 1929, death records since 1956, marriage records since 1930, and divorce records approximately from 1935 through 1975. Click here for ordering information.
The Public Archives of Delaware has staff that will search early births, marriage, and death records that have been compiled from family Bibles, newspapers, church records, tombstones, and similar sources in their holdings. Before 1913, Delaware's vital records are not complete. The Delaware Public Archives houses birth certificates created since 1913 that are 72 years or older and death and marriage certificates 40 years old or older. See their web site for more information and to order records.
Another helpful vital record resource available from the DPA is their Probate Database Search, which includes pre-1925 probates.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Sussex County Court House's holdings include original deeds and wills from 1680 on, which can be viewed on their premises only. Copies cannot be obtained by writing to the county offices, only from the Delaware Public Archives.
The Nabb Center, a part of Salisbury State University, offers thousands of microfilmed public records, a library of published genealogical and historical information pertaining to the Delmarva peninsula, and much more.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints maintains probably the world's most impressive collection of genealogical information and material at their main Salt Lake City, Utah library. In order to make some of this material more available, they maintain Family History Centers at selected church sites around the nation. Researchers can access most of the microfilms and microfiche that are in the main Family History Library. One does not have to be a member of the LDS church to use the FHC resources.
Last Update Friday, 07-Feb-2014 11:25:06 MST
County Coordinator: Gayle Triller