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.

Thanks Keith

   What is new on the site:

"The Williamson College of the Trades"

a new book just out see below.

January 28, 2018- Typists Linda Hosier and Mary Marker have been working overtime! Linda has almost completed the 100 year old Darby house history and Mary is just going crazy adding lots to the Delco Realty News from 1913, the link is below. I have added more pages from the 1928 Suburban Atlas for Upper Darby, Springfield and Clifton Hghts. This atlas is indexed at 200 feet to the inch and is very detailed, pages will be added every week. Check everything out. January 30, 2018- beginning in the late 1880's the Chester Times Newspaper would do features on new Delaware County towns and their businesses etc. I have added the articles on Garretford and Fernwood to the Upper Darby page, under newspaper articles. Read about the "villages" as the Times put it. February 1, 2018- More Delco Realty news from 1913 has been aded see the link below and more maps from the 1928 atlas to Colwyn, Upper Darby, Sharon Hill etc. February 6, 2018- more pages from the 1928 atlas have been added to Springfield, Morton etc. February 13, 2018- maps from the rare 1928 atlas have been added to Springfield, Swarthmore etc. and more Delco realty News from late 1913. Please take a look! February 18, 2018- more marriages from the Delaware County American Newspaper from 1865 have been added. February 28, 2018- marriages from the Delaware County American Newspaper from 1865 have been added. More atlas pages from 1928 for Springfield, Ridley, Nether Providence etc. have been added to their respective pages. March 7, 2018- more marriages from the Delaware County American Newspaper from 1865 have been added. March 16, 2018- more pages from the rare 1928 atlas have been added to Ridley and Springfield Twps. Rutledge Boro etc. The Delco Realty News for the year 1913 is now complete. The link is 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

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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