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This web site is intended for the serious and casual researcher. Click on the Municipalities bar above and select the township or boro you want to look at. There you will find 18th and 19th century tax records, early censuses, cemeteries lists, town directories, maps etc. Then visit the Genealogical Resources link above where there are numerous books on Delaware County history from the 19th and early 20th century. Records are added regularly so please check back often. Most of what you see here and what will be added comes from the forty-five year accumulation of Delaware County Historical memorabilia amassed by Keith Lockhart.This web site has been made possible through the combined efforts of former Delaware County State Representative Ron Raymond, who obtained funding for the web site, and historian Keith Lockhart. Keith is a lifelong Ridley Township resident and a graduate of Penn State University. He has written numerous booklets on the history of the area and for many years penned a history column for Town talk. He has also shared his vast knowledge of local history through articles for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Times Newspapers.  Through the dedication and hard work of numerous typists the transcription of the tax and census records took over two years of work to complete. My sincere gratitude goes out to these people. A special thanks to my wife, Mary Lockhart, Donna Greenbarg of Hatboro, Janice Daleandro of Morton, Ethel Dougherty of Norwood, Dawn Beck of Springfield. Keith Lockhart's collection contains many rare books and booklets on Delaware County Pa. History that are not available anywhere else. These booklets run the gamut from the Delaware County Society to Detect Horse Thieves in 1850 to Prospectus's for Delaware County Businesses . Contact Keith Lockhart today.

If you have never visited my Delco History blog above, PLEASE take a look! Includes pictures and info on the county.

 

  I am grateful to all of the researchers who continually reach out to me and those who are able to benefit from the information supplied here from the my collection. If you ever used the information supplied within this site, or are just an avid fan of Delaware County history, I am reaching out for your help.  As you are aware the increasing server fees have made it difficult to maintain and update this site on a regular basis.  If you would like to help out and keep this web site free, please consider making a donation of your choice.

 

Thanks Keith

 

What is new on the site:

July 6, 2019- more months of the Delco Realty News from 1915 have been added see below and more 1879 marriages from the Delaware Co. American Newspaper of Media. July 15, 2019- Big update!! #1 typist Mary has been working overtime! First newspaper articles on the Edgmont Twp. page about Sycamore Mills, articles on the Marcus Hook page about the construction of the Viscose Village and all of the year of 1915 of the Delco Realty News is now on the link below plus the first few months of 1916! Please take a look. July 28, 2019- another big update!! More Delco Realty News from 1916, plus numerous newspaper articles from Aston thru Bethel on their respective pages. Everything from school dedications, anniversaries to business updatestake a look. August 12, 2019- big update Mary has been typing away and new articles have been added to the Rose Valley and Media pages. Plus more months of Delco Realty building news!! August 25, 2019- I have added a number of new newspaper articles from the early 1900's to various pages, especially Media Boro. Check them out! September 10, 2019- I will be adding several atlases from eastern Delco in the next few weeks. They are Sanborn atlases from the mid 1950's. Today I added Aldan and part of Tinicim Twp. September 17, 2019-

more atlas pages have been added for Tinicum Twp., Darby Twp., Folcroft Boro and Sharon Hill Boro on their respective pages. September 23, 2019- more map plates of Eastern Delaware Co. have been added. They are from a Sanborn Atlas updated to the mid 1950's. All the maps added today are of Yeadon Boro. September 25, 2019- more mid 1950's maps have been added to Sharon Hill, Collingdale etc. Plus on the map link above I added the 1870 map of Delawaqre Co. from the G. M. Hopkins Atlas, there are other maps there too. Check them out.

 

New and Noteworthy Delaware County History Books and Dvds

    This link is to let everyone know what new books and booklets that are out, dealing with Delaware County history. If you would like to make people aware of any new books please let me know. 

Haverford Township police officer, Matt Hufnal has written a new book, "Hallissey" about the making of the first police chief in Haverford and the problems that were involved. It was not easy creating and running a police department 100 years ago!! The book which just came out in late August 2018 is available on Amazon. Click on Amazon to go to the link to purchase the book.

 This month, July, 2018, a book on growing up in Chester during WW2 is just out. "5 Stars" by

David Komarnicki is out and available from Amazon. People who have read it, love it!! Check face book !

  April, 2017 is another Arcadia Book, "The Williamson College of the Trades" , all about the great history of that Delco institution. The book is by Andrew Miller who teaches history at Neumann College.

   Just in time for Christmas 2016, Ed Stewart has published, "Slacker" the story of Grover Bergdoll whose well to do family lived in Delaware County. Bergdoll fled to Germany during the First World War rather than be drafted. The story caused national head lines in the day. Read this well done book about a family crisis and what happend to them.

   Another new book is out this Spring, 2016 "Immortal of the Cinder Path" the story of James 'Ted" Meredith by Jack Lemon. Meredith a Delco native set two world and Olympic records in Stockholm, Sweden. The book is by Jack Lemon from Media class of 1964. Click on the link above to order the book and for more information.


           Delaware County Historical Events,Lectures, Meetings Etc.

The page as it states is to announce upcoming meetings, lectures and historical events throughout Delaware County. If your group is planning something special, or just a meeting, please pass the information on to me and it will be posted on this new page. E-mail keith106@rcn.com

Delaware County Trolleys and Transportation

    Stan Bowman of Chester County was born and raised in Delaware County and began taking pictures of trolleys in his teens. In the past 50 odd years he has amassed the largest collection of trolley pictures and information around. Stan has been kind enough to share some of his pictures and information with my site and over the next month or so, maps, pictures and information will be added about all the trolley routes and companies that once operated in Delaware County.

Delaware County Mills

  A new mill page has been created, to go to it, click the link above. It features the 1826 mill survey, the report of the 1843 flood and a rare mill map for the entire county also from 1843. More will be added to this site in the next few months.

Delaware County Newspapers

This page has been opened for Delaware County Newspapers. The link for the Chester Times to search it, is now here. The good news after numerous scanning and experimenting the first year of the Morton Chronicle from 1880-1881 is now on the site and can be searched. More years will be added next week most from my personal collection. It has taken allot longer than I thought to do this but it will be well worth it. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Delaware County Realty News

The Delaware County Realty News was a column first published in the Chester Times in April of 1912. It was a weekly column that talked of new buildings, developers, architects etc. Even building permits etc. Take a look!

WPA Delaware County Historic Sites Survey 1936

In 1936 the W.P.A. did a historic Site Survey of Delaware County by township. They put basic info done only and NEVER used addresses only approximate locations. I have begun to update it by adding addresses, taking pictures and correcting some wrong information. Please have a look.

 

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