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Delaware History: Local Histories: Delaware

Family Histories and Local Histories

There is a great deal of overlap in the sources counted as "family histories" and the sources counted as "local histories." Be sure to check both.

This is a selected list of family histories. Check DELCAT Discovery find more.

Finding Books: Browse by Subject

These are examples of useful subject terms to use in DELCAT and WorldCat Local

Delaware -- History, Local

[name of the city or town (state abbreviation)]-history
Newark (Del.)-history
New Castle Del-Buildings, structures, etc.
Wilmington (Del.)-Pictorial works
Laurel (Del.) -- History

[name of the city or town]-history
New Sweden-History
Bohemia Manor-History
Delmarva Peninsula-History

Local History Reference Resources

County histories are valuable for history of the county, including changes in county boundaries. Many includes include lists and/or biographical sketches of early settlers or prominent residents.

Starting Points

Search for Digitized Books

Many older histories have been scanned are available in Google Books. Tip: enter a title in quotation marks.

Subject Librarian

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Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H

Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

New Castle County