Delaware has the proud distinction of being America’s first state: on 7 December 1787, it became the first state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. Although Delaware is the nation’s second smallest state and the sixth least populous, it is the sixth most densely populated.
If you are researching your ancestry from Delaware, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online DE newspaper archives: 33 titles to help you search your family history in the “First State,” providing coverage from 1785 to Today. There are more than 267,000 articles and records in our online Delaware newspaper archives!
Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Delaware ancestors in these DE newspapers. Our Delaware newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).
Here is a list of online Delaware newspapers in the historical 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.
|City||Title||Date Range *||Collection|
|Dover||Constitutionalist, or, Defender of the People’s Rights||09/06/1804 – 07/11/1805||Newspaper Archives|
|Dover||Delaware State News||11/02/1991 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Dover||Delaware State Reporter||06/17/1853 – 10/14/1859||Newspaper Archives|
|Dover||Dover Post||06/04/2008 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Dover||National Recorder||11/23/1820 – 03/22/1821||Newspaper Archives|
|Georgetown||Sussex Countian||10/05/2009 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Harrington||Journal||01/04/2007 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Hockessin||Brandywine Community News||01/09/2011 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Hockessin||Hockessin Community News||06/04/2008 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Middletown||Middletown Transcript||06/04/2008 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Milford||Milford Beacon||11/10/2010 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Milford||Milford Chronicle||01/04/2007 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Milford||Peninsular News and Advertiser||08/02/1861 – 02/13/1863||Newspaper Archives|
|Milford||Sussex County Post||01/04/2007 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|New Castle||Newcastle Argus||08/09/1805 – 08/09/1805||Newspaper Archives|
|Newark||Newark Post||10/06/2006 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Seaford||Leader & State Register||01/04/2007 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Smyrna||Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times||10/08/2009 – Current||Recent Obituaries|
|Wilmington||Advance||09/22/1900 – 09/22/1900||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||American Watchman||06/19/1809 – 01/08/1828||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware and Eastern-Shore Advertiser||05/31/1794 – 03/04/1799||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Courant||05/05/1787 – 09/08/1787||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Freeman||09/21/1810 – 10/27/1810||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Gazette||06/28/1785 – 07/27/1799||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Gazette and State Journal||08/02/1809 – 06/30/1810||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Gazette and State Journal||04/19/1814 – 11/20/1835||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Patriot and American Watchman||01/25/1828 – 12/05/1828||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Patriot and Eastern Shore Advertiser||07/09/1816 – 10/04/1816||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Delaware Statesman||10/16/1811 – 02/24/1813||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Federal Ark||06/22/1803 – 10/26/1804||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Mirror of the Times, and General Advertiser||01/18/1800 – 08/22/1806||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Monitor, or Wilmington Weekly Repository||10/07/1800 – 01/06/1802||Newspaper Archives|
|Wilmington||Museum of Delaware and General Advertiser||09/08/1804 – 06/17/1809||Newspaper Archives|
*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.
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