Wills, probates, deeds, and land records are sometimes included in the "Court Records" section of research guides.
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Colonial records for the Delaware area were created by the governing body at that time. The "three lower counties on the Delaware" have been governed by the Dutch, the Swedes, the Dutch, England under the proprietorship of James, the Duke of York, and England under the proprietorship of William Penn. Additionally, due to boundary disputes, places may once have been in in Delaware, Pennsylvania, or Maryland.
"The Wedge" -- a small piece of land that has belonged to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware. Disputed until 1921. See article in Wikipedia.
San Augustine, Texas, The register of deeds, 1943. Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)
The resources in this section give important land/deed resources for Delaware reseachers.
Delaware Public Archives has the official records of land transactions. Some records are originals, some microfilm, some have been scanned.
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.
The record of the passing of a land title from the government, or other proprietor, to the patentee/grantee. Also called "first-title" deed. After the first-title, any other changes in ownership are done by deeds and wills.
Seller of the land, also called "direct."
Buyer of the land, also called "indirect."
Typically, land records are indexed by Grantor and by Grantee.
Copies of original documents. Usually arranged in chronological order. Many deed books have been microfilmed or scanned.
Survey map; legal description of the land.
States which granted their own lands.
13 original colonies (New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia)
Plus: Maine, Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, and Hawaii.
States where the federal government granted lands. Also called Public Land States.
General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site