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Delaware Baptisms, 1697-1886
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Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1697-1886
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What is in This 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.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Baptisms The records may include:

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

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

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the child
  • The approximate date of birth

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Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

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

When you have located your ancestor’s baptismal 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.

I Found the Person 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

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

Record Finder[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation
"Delaware Baptisms, 1697-1886." Database. FamilySearch. : 14 June 2016. From Delaware Public Archives, Dover, and Papers of the Historical Society of Delaware, IX: The Records of Holy Trinity Old Swedes Church, (Wilmington, Delaware: Historical Society of Delaware, 1890).
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