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 theDelaware County Society toDetect Horse Thieves in 1850toProspectus's for Delaware County Businesses. ContactKeith Lockhart today.

If you have never visited my Delco History blog above, PLEASE take a look! Includes pictures and info on the county.

 

  I am grateful to all of the researchers who continually reach out to me and those who are able to benefit from the information supplied here from the my collection. If you ever used the information supplied within this site, or are just an avid fan of Delaware County history, I am reaching out for your help.  As you are aware the increasing server fees have made it difficult to maintain and update this site on a regular basis.  If you would like to help out and keep this web site free, please consider making a donation of your choice.

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What is new on the site:

August 8, 2020 - Posted the following newspapers: Chester Advocate; Chester Daily News; Delaware County Graphic; Delaware County Record and Media Advertiser. July 19, 2020 - Added the Ridley Township,  Thornbury and Upper Providence WPA surveys, see WPA Delaware County Historic Sites Survey 1936 link below.

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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. 

Haverford Township police officer, Matt Hufnal has written a new book,"Hallissey" 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. "5 Stars" by

David Komarnicki is out and available from Amazon. People who have read it, love it!! Check face book !

 

           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 keith106@rcn.com

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 Covered Bridges

One of my pet projects for a number of years is Delaware County covered bridges. I have been researching when they were built, where etc. I made a google map with locations, pictures of before and the site today. In a number of cases ruins could still be seen. I still have a few more bridges to add, but click on the above link to see what I have done. I'm indebted to Celia Caust-Ellenbogen of Friends Library in Swarthmore for guiding me thru google maps. More Info...

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

In 1936 the W.P.A. did a historic Site Survey of Delaware County by township. They put basic info down 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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