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Repositories and Libraries in Kent County Delaware

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Delaware Public Archives
Dover Public Library
Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Kent County Recorder of Deeds
Kent County Register of Wills
Smyrna Public Library
Other Kent County Repositories

Delaware Public Archives

Delaware Public Archives
121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., North
Dover, DE 19901

Tel: (302) 744-5000
Fax: (302) 739-6710
Email: archives@state.de.us
Web: Open the website
Delaware Public Archives

Holdings of the Delaware Public Archives

Repository Holdings Icon Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is the central repository for all non-current records of the State, its counties and municipalities. The DPA houses over 40,000 cubic feet of government and historical documents, maps and newspapers. Most records date from statehood beginning in 1776, but DPA also has documents from the Swedish colonial period 1638-55; the Dutch settlement 1655-64; the Duke of York regime 1664-82 and the Penn Proprietorship 1682-1776. DPA has an extensive card catalog of births, marriages, marriage bonds and deaths from various sources, and they have a large collection of Delaware genealogical and historical books. Collections are continuously upgraded. To view seldom used items, contact DPA before you go as they are not always accessible.

Manuscripts
The DPA has papers and correspondence of for example George Read, Caesar Rodney, John Clayton; the Ridgely papers and the John Dickinson Collection. Private Accounts Collection includes business records of farmers, craftsmen, storekeepers and professional men dating from the 18th century. DPA also has manuscript genealogies donated by private individuals such as J. B. Turner, Walter Tatnall, and Millard Hudson and others. View a complete list on the DPA website.

Municipal Records
DPA has minutes, ordinances, resolutions, accounts, reports and correspondence of many Delaware towns including Dover, Frederica, Georgetown, Lewes, Magnolia, Viola and Wilmington.

Microfilm Holdings
Over 10,000 self-service microfilms. Most probates, deeds, tax records, newspapers, federal censuses plus selected indentures, court and church records.

Useful Links on the Delaware Public Archives Website

Content Link Description
Digital Images www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/exhibits
Probates www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/collections/probate.htm Probate case file statewide index (1680-1925) has some entries not in the pre-1800 books listed in the Probate Books table below.
Naturalizations www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/collections/natrlzndb 1787-1928 in DE (incomplete)
Database of record groups www.state.de.us/sos/dpa/collections/guideintro.htm Database of all record groups at the Delaware Public Archives.

Research Requests

Research Requests Icon Limit requests to a specific record for a specific person at a specific time (must include a date or approximate date of event). There is no search charge, but there is a charge for copies. Limit: 5 requests per correspondence. For longer searches, a list of genealogists willing to do research for a fee is supplied upon request. Request can be made by email or mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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If your GPS unit does not find 121 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, try using 121 Duke of York St.

Dover Public Library

Dover Public Library
35 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901

Tel: (302) 736-7030
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Delaware Public Archives

Holdings of the Dover Public Library

Repository Holdings Icon Collection of Delawareana, genealogy and Delaware censuses 1800-1900. An on-line catalog is at www.lib.de.us.

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Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Family History Centers
Lebanon (Rt 10) and Old Mill Roads
Dover, DE 19934

Mailing Address:
415 Dogwood Ave
Dover DE 19904

Tel: (302) 697-2700
Email: barre37@ibm.net
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Family History Centers

Holdings of the Family History Centers

Repository Holdings Icon The Family History Centers (FHC) is continuously updating their collections. These facilities are your local access to the extensive collection of genealogies at FHC in Salt Lake City, Utah and original church & government records from around the world.

How to Use the Family History Centers

How To Use Icon First search their catalog at www.familysearch.org. Once you locate a microfilm/microfiche number go to your local FHC, order microfilms/microfiche to be sent there for your viewing at that Family History Center. You can search the International Genealogical Index (IGI) & Family Registry (both lists of individuals, dates and events) at the same address. The FHC collection contains Delaware church and cemetery records, city directories, probate, land, tax and court records, histories, etc.

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Kent County Recorder of Deeds

Kent County Recorder of Deeds
Kent County Administration Building
414 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

Tel: (302) 744-2314
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Kent County Recorder of Deeds

Holdings of the Kent County Recorder of Deeds

Repository Holdings Icon Deeds 1680 present.

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Kent County Register of Wills

Kent County Register of Wills
Kent County Administration Building
414 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

Tel: (302) 744-2330
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Kent County Register of Wills

Holdings of the Kent County Register of Wills

Repository Holdings Icon Wills 1680 present.

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Smyrna Public Library

Smyrna Public Library
107 S Main St
Smyrna DE 19977

Tel: (302) 653-4579
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Smyrna Public Library

Holdings of the Smyrna Public Library

Repository Holdings Icon Kent County cemetery records, Duck Creek Genealogical Collection, Smyrna Times newspaper. An on-line catalog is at www.lib.de.us.

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Other Kent County Repositories

Here is a list of the repositories and libraries in Kent County.

Name Contact Information
Barratt's Chapel and Museum

Holdings: Peninsula-Delaware United Methodists archives
6362 Bay Road
Frederica, DE 19946
(302) 335-5544
Web: users.aol.com/Barratts
E-mail: barratts@aol.com
Delaware Agricultural Museum 866 N DuPont Hghwy
Dover, DE
(302) 734-1618
www.agriculturalmuseum.org
Delaware St College
Jason Library
(302) 739-5111
www.dsc.edu/library
Downstate Genealogist c/o Dover Public Library
35 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901
Duck Creek Historical Society PO Box 335
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 653-8844
Greater Harrington Historical Society PO Box 64
108 Fleming St
Harrington, DE 19952
(302) 398-3698
Milford Historical Society 501 N.W. Front St
PO Box 352
Milford, DE 19963
(302) 422-5745
(302) 422-8996
Milford Public Library 11 S.E. Front Street
Milford, DE 19963-1941
(302) 422-8996
www.lib.de.us
Wesley College Parker Library 120 N State St
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 736-2413
www.wesley.edu/library/indexlibrary.html