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.
December 9, 2015- the Tinicum Tax rate for 1786 has been added to that page. December 17, 2015- the Chester Twp. tax rate for 1784 has been placed on that page. December 29, 2015- I have been adding missing taxes for the past several months to the site. Sadly many of the 1780's taxes are lost. Today I added the 1786 taxes for Middletown and Upper and Lower Chichester Twp's. January 4, 2016- the Darby Township tax rate for 1782 and 1786 have been added. January 12, 2016- the Bethel tax rate for 1781 and the Upper Darby Rate for 1786 have been added to their pages. January 19, 2016- Aston tax rate for 1782 and the correct Haverford rate for 1781 have been added. January 24, 2016- the Middletown Twp. 1798 window tax has been added along with the 1781 Lower Chichester tax rate. January 30, 2016- the W.P.A. tombstone survey from 1936 for St. Francis De Sales Cemetery in Aston has been added along with the Darby tax rate for 1781. February 5, 2016- the Radnor tax rate for 1781 and the Aston tax rate for 1783 have been added. February 10, 2016- the Tinicum and Springfield tax rates for 1788 have been added.
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.
A new book is out this month, January 2016, the book, is by Robert L. Bingham.
It is his reminisces of growing up in Lansdowne part memoir and history book. He will be doing some book signings this month click on the link above for more information. Several new books are out this month and deserve your attention ! First, Black Gold The African American Athlete at Media High School 1915-1966 and thru out Delaware County. The book is written by Jack Lemon, an athlete himself of Media High School. The book can be mail ordered. Click the book page above for more details. I read the book really liked it, lots of great stories and insights. The second book out is, The Killing of John Sharpless by Stephanie Hoover. The Sharpless Murder happened in late 1885, when Sharpless, a well known farmer was killed by a black man. A sensational trial followed, with corruption and mishandling of the investigation just part of the many problems of the case. It is a great read. The Arcadia Book on is out!! Written by Beth "Bethel" McCarrick with help from her daughter, Faith McCarrick-Diskin and everyone at the Bethel Township Preservation Society. PLEASE check out fellow, Class of 1969 Ridley Grad, Rich Pagano's new book, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty" look for it in local stores!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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