Delaware Archives: 40 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Delaware, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online DE newspaper archives: 40 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: University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Photo: University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. Credit: Cargoudel; Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors from Delaware in these newspapers. Our DE newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Delaware Newspaper Archives (1785 – 1922)

Search Delaware Recent 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.

City Title Years of Coverage Issues Available Collection
Dover Delaware State News 11/02/1991 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Dover Post 06/04/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Constitutionalist, or, Defender of the People’s Rights 09/06/1804 – 07/11/1805 7 Newspaper Archives
Dover Delaware State Reporter 06/17/1853 – 10/14/1859 376 Newspaper Archives
Dover National Recorder 11/23/1820 – 03/22/1821 6 Newspaper Archives
Georgetown Sussex Countian 10/05/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harrington Journal 01/04/2007 – 06/28/2017 Recent Obituaries
Hockessin Brandywine Community News 01/09/2011 – 03/22/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hockessin Hockessin Community News 06/04/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lewes Cape Gazette 03/11/2016 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middletown Middletown Transcript 06/04/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Middletown Middletown transcript 01/04/1868 – 12/30/1922 2128 Newspaper Archives
Milford Milford Beacon 11/10/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Milford Chronicle 01/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Sussex County Post 01/04/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Peninsular News and Advertiser 08/02/1861 – 02/13/1863 70 Newspaper Archives
New Castle New-Castle Gazette, and Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Advertiser 08/27/1836 – 08/27/1836 1 Newspaper Archives
New Castle Newcastle Argus 08/09/1805 – 08/09/1805 1 Newspaper Archives
Newark Newark Post 10/06/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Seaford Leader & State Register 01/04/2007 – 01/28/2010 Recent Obituaries
Smyrna Smyrna-Clayton Sun-Times 10/08/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wilmington Advance 09/22/1900 – 09/22/1900 1 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington American Watchman 06/19/1809 – 01/08/1828 1514 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Constitutionalist 04/03/1833 – 08/29/1836 146 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware and Eastern-Shore Advertiser 05/31/1794 – 03/04/1799 38 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Courant 05/05/1787 – 09/08/1787 12 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Freeman 09/21/1810 – 10/27/1810 3 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Gazette 06/28/1785 – 07/27/1799 176 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Gazette and State Journal 08/02/1809 – 06/30/1810 32 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Gazette and State Journal 04/19/1814 – 11/20/1835 400 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Patriot and American Watchman 01/25/1828 – 12/05/1828 84 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Patriot and Eastern Shore Advertiser 07/09/1816 – 10/04/1816 13 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Register, or, Farmers’, Manufacturers’ and Mechanics’ Advocate 11/01/1828 – 10/24/1829 52 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Delaware Statesman 10/16/1811 – 02/24/1813 3 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Federal Ark 06/22/1803 – 10/26/1804 22 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Mirror of the Times, and General Advertiser 01/18/1800 – 08/22/1806 278 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Monitor, or Wilmington Weekly Repository 10/07/1800 – 01/06/1802 3 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Museum of Delaware and General Advertiser 09/08/1804 – 06/17/1809 19 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Wilmington Daily Commercial 12/18/1866 – 12/30/1876 2704 Newspaper Archives
Wilmington Daily Gazette 04/02/1872 – 12/07/1883 3567 Newspaper Archives

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