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.

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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