Delaware Archives: 111 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Delaware, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online DE newspaper archives: 111 titles to help you search your family history in the “First State,” providing coverage from 1785 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online Delaware newspaper archives!

Photo: Blackbird Pond on the Blackbird State Forest Meadows Tract in New Castle County, Delaware
Photo: Blackbird Pond on the Blackbird State Forest Meadows Tract in New Castle County, Delaware. Credit: Delaware Forest Service; Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for articles about your ancestors from Delaware in these newspapers. Our DE newspapers are divided into two collections, each with their own search page:

  • Newspaper Archives (complete paper with all articles, including historical obituaries, with a number of very rare single-issue newspapers – many of them are the only known issues of the paper)
  • Obituaries (including both historical and recent obituaries, if obits are specifically what you are searching for)

Search Delaware Newspaper Archives (1785 – 1923)

Search Delaware Obituaries (1991 – Today)

Illustration: Delaware state flag
Illustration: Delaware state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a complete list of Delaware newspapers in the online archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The DE newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
ClaytonClayton call07/06/1897 – 07/06/18971Newspaper Archives
ClaytonClayton herald08/17/1867 – 07/31/186912Newspaper Archives
CountyDelaware Business Daily04/22/2012 – CurrentObituaries
Delaware CityDelaware City news07/09/1887 – 04/11/18895Newspaper Archives
Delaware CityDelaware City press02/28/1913 – 12/12/191339Newspaper Archives
DoverDelaware State News11/02/1991 – CurrentObituaries
DoverDover Post06/04/2008 – CurrentObituaries
DoverConstitutionalist, or, Defender of the People’s Rights09/06/1804 – 07/11/18057Newspaper Archives
DoverDelaware State Reporter06/17/1853 – 10/14/1859376Newspaper Archives
DoverNational Recorder11/23/1820 – 03/22/18216Newspaper Archives
DoverDelaware State Reporter04/26/1853 – 09/24/185810Newspaper Archives
DoverDelawarean05/26/1900 – 02/13/190116Newspaper Archives
DoverDover argus and Delaware advertiser10/24/1804 – 10/24/18041Newspaper Archives
DoverDover herald01/16/1800 – 01/16/18001Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownSussex Countian10/05/2009 – CurrentObituaries
GeorgetownMessenger12/30/1858 – 03/16/186412Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownSussex gazette09/14/1838 – 09/14/18381Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownUnion09/11/1863 – 08/26/186436Newspaper Archives
HarringtonJournal01/04/2007 – 06/28/2017Obituaries
HockessinBrandywine Community News01/09/2011 – 03/22/2013Obituaries
HockessinHockessin Community News06/04/2008 – CurrentObituaries
Holly OakHolly Oak journal02/01/1889 – 02/01/18891Newspaper Archives
LaurelDelaware leader05/08/1920 – 05/08/19201Newspaper Archives
LewesCape Gazette03/11/2016 – CurrentObituaries
MiddletownMiddletown Transcript06/04/2008 – CurrentObituaries
MiddletownMiddletown transcript01/04/1868 – 12/30/19222128Newspaper Archives
MilfordMilford Beacon11/10/2010 – CurrentObituaries
MilfordMilford Chronicle01/04/2007 – CurrentObituaries
MilfordSussex Post01/04/2007 – CurrentObituaries
MilfordPeninsular News and Advertiser08/02/1861 – 02/13/186370Newspaper Archives
MilfordDiamond state10/05/1855 – 10/05/18551Newspaper Archives
MilfordPeninsular News and Advertiser09/27/1872 – 06/29/18773Newspaper Archives
New CastleNew-Castle Gazette, and Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Advertiser08/27/1836 – 08/27/18361Newspaper Archives
New CastleNewcastle Argus08/09/1805 – 08/09/18051Newspaper Archives
NewarkNewark Post10/06/2006 – CurrentObituaries
NewarkNewark ledger08/07/1880 – 08/07/18801Newspaper Archives
NewarkNewark post01/26/1910 – 12/20/1922647Newspaper Archives
NewarkSaturday visitor02/12/1876 – 02/12/18761Newspaper Archives
NewarkDelaware ledger08/04/1883 – 04/06/1889265Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport enterprise03/02/1889 – 03/02/18891Newspaper Archives
OdessaOdessa herald11/03/1888 – 05/02/18913Newspaper Archives
OdessaOdessa leader09/21/1892 – 09/21/18921Newspaper Archives
SeafordLeader & State Register01/04/2007 – 01/28/2010Obituaries
SmyrnaSmyrna-Clayton Sun-Times10/08/2009 – CurrentObituaries
SmyrnaDelaware herald05/28/1851 – 05/28/18511Newspaper Archives
SmyrnaHerald08/06/1870 – 08/05/187148Newspaper Archives
SmyrnaSmyrna call10/08/1901 – 10/08/19011Newspaper Archives
SmyrnaSmyrna telegraph01/03/1850 – 03/28/18504Newspaper Archives
SmyrnaHerald04/06/1883 – 04/01/1890354Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAdvance09/22/1900 – 09/22/19001Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAmerican Watchman06/19/1809 – 01/08/18281514Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware and Eastern-Shore Advertiser05/31/1794 – 03/04/179938Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Courant05/05/1787 – 09/08/178712Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Freeman09/21/1810 – 10/27/18103Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette06/28/1785 – 07/27/1799176Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette and State Journal08/02/1809 – 06/30/181032Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette and State Journal04/19/1814 – 11/20/1835400Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Patriot and American Watchman01/25/1828 – 12/05/182884Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Patriot and Eastern Shore Advertiser07/09/1816 – 10/04/181613Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Register, or, Farmers’, Manufacturers’ and Mechanics’ Advocate11/01/1828 – 10/24/182952Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Statesman07/10/1811 – 07/03/181329Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonFederal Ark06/22/1803 – 10/26/180422Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMirror of the Times, and General Advertiser01/18/1800 – 08/22/1806278Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMonitor, or Wilmington Weekly Repository10/07/1800 – 01/06/18023Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMuseum of Delaware and General Advertiser09/08/1804 – 06/17/180919Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington Daily Commercial12/18/1866 – 12/30/18762704Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDaily Gazette04/02/1872 – 12/07/18833567Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAdvertiser11/22/1879 – 12/20/18793Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAdvertiser11/22/1879 – 01/17/18805Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAmerican Watchman01/11/1822 – 03/12/182218Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonBlue hen”s chicken08/03/1849 – 05/09/18514Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonBusiness index05/24/1876 – 08/05/18768Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDaily enterprise04/03/1858 – 04/23/18582Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware advertiser & star07/05/1832 – 07/05/18321Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware farm and home03/11/1886 – 08/22/18956Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette07/08/1809 – 06/06/181047Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette and State Journal05/24/1817 – 12/25/1902994Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware inquirer07/23/1859 – 03/22/18626Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware patriot & American watchman01/18/1828 – 12/05/182887Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware register, or, Farmers”, manufacturers” and mechanics” advocate11/01/1828 – 10/24/182952Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Republican10/08/1841 – 05/20/19037249Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware State journal and statesman04/27/1827 – 04/19/1870990Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware straight-out truth teller10/01/1872 – 10/01/18721Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware tribune01/03/1867 – 10/18/1877279Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware weekly Republican04/30/1847 – 07/31/188463Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelawarean, and farmers” and mechanics” advertiser12/17/1836 – 12/17/18361Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonGrimshaw”s messenger04/01/1858 – 04/01/18581Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonHoliday journal11/26/1879 – 12/31/18796Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonIndependent Delawarian11/29/1848 – 11/29/18481Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMirror of the times & general advertiser02/25/1804 – 02/29/18042Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMonitor & Wilmington repository09/20/1800 – 11/16/18014Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMorning herald08/23/1875 – 06/19/1879938Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMuseum of Delaware & general advertiser06/24/1809 – 06/24/18091Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonSociety news10/13/1883 – 12/15/18832Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonSun10/25/1897 – 12/31/1901957Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonSunday critic12/16/1883 – 12/16/18831Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWeekly post11/09/1889 – 11/09/18891Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWeekly times10/16/1886 – 03/19/18873Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington argus01/14/1880 – 01/14/18801Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington Democrat01/12/1901 – 01/12/19011Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington lokal-anzeiger und Wilmington freie presse05/16/1914 – 05/16/19141Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington mercury09/18/1798 – 10/30/179833Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmingtonian06/14/1884 – 09/08/188880Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware state journal07/01/1870 – 12/06/1883211Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonEvening journal05/21/1888 – 02/17/192310504Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonEvery evening, Wilmington daily commercial01/01/1906 – 01/13/1923517Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWeekly Delaware State journal and statesman01/11/1861 – 11/01/18613Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington Daily Commercial01/01/1872 – 12/30/18761147Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmington expositor08/26/1831 – 07/06/183228Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonConstitutionalist04/03/1833 – 08/29/1836146Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonWilmingtonian06/26/1823 – 10/20/1831203Newspaper Archives

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