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
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.
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, 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. 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, ,
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,
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.
book is out this Spring, 2016 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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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