Delaware Archives: 33 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

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.

Photo: Delaware state capitol, Dover, Delaware
Photo: Delaware state capitol, Dover, Delaware. Credit: Joshua Daniel Franklin; Wikimedia Commons.

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).

Search Delaware Newspaper Archives (1785 – 1900)

Search Delaware Recent Obituaries (1991 – Current)

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

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.

CityTitleDate Range * Collection
DoverConstitutionalist, or, Defender of the People’s Rights09/06/1804 – 07/11/1805Newspaper Archives
DoverDelaware State News11/02/1991 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DoverDelaware State Reporter06/17/1853 – 10/14/1859Newspaper Archives
DoverDover Post06/04/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
DoverNational Recorder11/23/1820 – 03/22/1821Newspaper Archives
GeorgetownSussex Countian10/05/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HarringtonJournal01/04/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HockessinBrandywine Community News01/09/2011 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HockessinHockessin Community News06/04/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MiddletownMiddletown Transcript06/04/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MilfordMilford Beacon11/10/2010 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MilfordMilford Chronicle01/04/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
MilfordPeninsular News and Advertiser08/02/1861 – 02/13/1863Newspaper Archives
MilfordSussex County Post01/04/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
New CastleNewcastle Argus08/09/1805 – 08/09/1805Newspaper Archives
NewarkNewark Post10/06/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SeafordLeader & State Register01/04/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
SmyrnaSmyrna-Clayton Sun-Times10/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WilmingtonAdvance09/22/1900 – 09/22/1900Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonAmerican Watchman06/19/1809 – 01/08/1828Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware and Eastern-Shore Advertiser05/31/1794 – 03/04/1799Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Courant05/05/1787 – 09/08/1787Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Freeman09/21/1810 – 10/27/1810Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette06/28/1785 – 07/27/1799Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette and State Journal08/02/1809 – 06/30/1810Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Gazette and State Journal04/19/1814 – 11/20/1835Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Patriot and American Watchman01/25/1828 – 12/05/1828Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Patriot and Eastern Shore Advertiser07/09/1816 – 10/04/1816Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonDelaware Statesman10/16/1811 – 02/24/1813Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonFederal Ark06/22/1803 – 10/26/1804Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMirror of the Times, and General Advertiser01/18/1800 – 08/22/1806Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMonitor, or Wilmington Weekly Repository10/07/1800 – 01/06/1802Newspaper Archives
WilmingtonMuseum of Delaware and General Advertiser09/08/1804 – 06/17/1809Newspaper Archives

*Date Ranges may have selected coverage unavailable.

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