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.
July 11, 2016- new typist, Wendy Petkus-Mazeika was nice enough to type a history of Sycamore Mills in Edgmont and also include a map. The history is on the Edgmont page under links. July 12, 2016- thanks to Bob Strickler, computer genius, who has the patience to work with me several new pages have been added and I will be adding a lot to them. I have known Bob for 50 years and he always comes thru. Thanks again Bob! Check out the new WPA link at the bottom of my page. July 19, 2016- the Radnor tax rate for 1779 has been added to that page. August 6, 2016- I have just added the Bethel Twp. W.P.A. 1936 Historic Site Survey to the link at the bottom of this page. It is a project I have been working on for awhile. PLEASE take a look! Will be adding more soon. August 11, 2016- the Tinicum Twp. W.P.A. Historic Site Survey has been added, the link is at the bottom of the page. Always looking for typists, email me if you are interested!! August 27, 2016- more marriages from the Upland Union newspaper from 1834 have been added. September 4, 2016- all the 1834 marriages are now done from the Upland Union newspaper. They can be seen on the Genealogical page, the link is above. September 19, 2016- all the known marriages from the 1830's in the Upland Union newspaper are now on the site. September 27, 2016- started the Upland Union marriages for 1840's now on the Genealogical page. October 2, 2016- more Upland Union marriages from the early 1840's have been added. October 3, 2016- if you have never visited my page, Maps the link is above. I just posted maps and aerial pictures from 1979. There is a lot more on the map site too, please take a look. October 21, 2016- more marriage announcements from the Upland Union newspaper from the early 1840's have been added. November 8, 2016- more marriages from the mid 1840's from the Upland Union 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.
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 Germanyduring the First World War rsther 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 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.
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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