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.
February 4, 2014- late 1860's and early 1870's marriages notices from the Delaware County Republican Newspaper have been added to the genealogical page. Also the R. L. Barnes Map of Philadelphia and vicinity covered only the eastern half of Delaware County. I have started to add the township maps for that area. Added today were, Haverford, Darby and Upper Darby Townships. February 6, 2014- Marple, Ridley Springfield and Radnor Maps from Barnes 1868 Philadelphia and Vicinity have all been added to their pages. It is a great map so take a look. A very special THANKS goes out to Bob Rudolph! Bob has provided me with a copy of the Joshua Ash Map from 1848! It is the first in depth map done of the county and has great detail. I have started adding the maps by township today beginning with Aston. PLEASE take a look, it is a treasure. February 8, 2014- most of the 1848 Ash Maps have been added and more 1880's marriages notices from the Delaware County Republican Newspaper have been added to the genealogy page. February 13, 2014- all the township Ash maps have been added to their pages. February 19, 2014- more marriages have been added from the early 1880's And lots of talks and lectures in the coming week, so get out of the house! Come and support the Colonial Plantation at their Beef and Beer Friday Night! Click on lectures and events link below for details. February 28, 2014- more 1880's marriages notices from the Delaware County Republican Newspaper have been added to the genealogy page. March 13, 2014- more 1880's marriages notices from the Delaware County Republican Newspaper have been added to the genealogy page. March 26, 2014- Lots of things starting up in the next few weeks, this weekend the Opening of the Colonial Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park! Check the events link!! April 1, 2014- all sorts of events this weekend including WW2 reenactment at the Colonial Plantation. Check everything out at our Events and Lectures link below!!
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.
I am pleased to announce the release of LOCAL author Elizabeth MacGuire’s pictorial history book Collingdale Borough, from Arcadia Publishing. She will be doing a book signing at the Collingdale Library this month. Check the event page for details!
Several new books are out this month and deserve your attention ! First, Black Gold The African American Athlete at Media High School !915-1966 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 Bethel Twp. is out!! Written by Beth "Bethel" McCarrick with help from her daughter, Faith McCarrick-Diskin and everyone at the Bethel Township Preservation Society. There is a book signing this month, click above for details!
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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