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 thirty-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.

Thanks Keith

   What is new on the site:

"The Williamson College of the Trades"

a new book just out see below.

  September 2, 2017- added some more articles on Media Boro to that page early history of the boro and he town library. September 11, 2017- a have added numerous marriages from the 1880's to the Genealogical page from the Delaware County Republican Newspaper. Also two of my booklets, the Histories of Glenolden and Ridley Park both done for the town's centennials, have been reprinted. Contact the individual historical society to buy copies. October 11, 2017- New typist, Linda Hosier has been working on some Darby articles from over 100 years ago. A number of old time Darby residents wrote the history of Darby and the families as they remembered it. The articles are a tough read and Linda has done a great job! the articles are on the Darby page. I have also added the first 2 months of 1914 for the Delaware County Realty News take a look the link is below. October 15, 2017- Thanks to Mary Giove more Delco Realty news has been added to that page below is the link. Including several weeks missing from 1913. November 5, 2017- on the genealogical page above I have just added a bunch of marriage notices from the Delaware County American Newspaper. The newspaper was first published in the late 1850's in Media. The marriages start in the 1860's. Always looking for typists! email me below.

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. 

  Just out this month, 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

 

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