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.
Delaware County Times History Blog
March 18, 2013- the Nether Providence Twp. 1828 state census has been added. March 25, 2013- Donna has added more marriages from the 1860's and 1870's. April 10, 2013- Donna has added more marriages from the 1870's and 1880's. I'm giving a talk next week showing before and after pictures from thru out the county. Click on lectures below for info. Hope to see you there! April 21, 2013- Donna has added more marriages from the 1870's. April 29, 2013- Pat Smith and Donna have both added more marriages to the site! May 5, 2013- Donna has added more marriages from the 1870's. May 11, 2013- More marriages have been added by Donna. May 18, 2013- Donna has added more 1870 marriages.
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. Steve Edgcumbe of West Chester has published a book on the "History of West Chester Pike" Lots of great pictures. Click above to get the info on where to get them. Upper Darby Historical Society's Arcadia book is out, the order form is on the link above. A Mickey Vernon DVD is now out! Visit the link above for more info!
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!
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 email@example.com
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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