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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Delaware, 
United States
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Location of Delaware
Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1697-1886
FamilySearch Resources
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What Is in the Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to selected church records from Delaware, mostly from the city of Wilmington. The collection covers the years 1697-1886.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample image of indexed information:

Delaware Baptisms - James Smith
Name James Smith
Event Type Baptism
Event Date 12 Nov 1798
Event Place Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
Gender Male
Race Irish
Birth Date 24 Sep 1798
Father's Name James Smith
Mother's Name Hannah

What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The records usually include the following:

  • Child’s full name
  • Baptism date and place
  • Date and place of child's birth
  • Child's gender
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name

Some records may include the following:

  • Race
  • Whether living or stillborn
  • Father's age, occupation and place of birth
  • Mother's maiden name, age and place of birth
  • Child's place of order in family
  • Parents' place of residence

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as the date and place of birth

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
Fill in the requested information on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.


What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • The city of Wilmington also has a register of vital statistics.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the related collection Delaware Vital Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

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