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Delaware Public Archives

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Address: 121 Duke of York Street, Dover, DE 19901
Phone Number: 302-744-5000
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Highly organized to be of great aid to family history researchers

This archive holds all types of records for Delaware. If you are doing genealogy research, you don't have to go to multiple depositories like courts, archives etc. Its very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This archive holds all types of records for Delaware. If you are doing genealogy research, you don't have to go to multiple depositories like courts, archives etc. Its very organized and friendly. You get a personal tour of the research room facility by expert archivists. The equipment available for free use is more than sufficient. They even have a microfilm... More 

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Camden, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Visited this government building when I researched my family history. Very nice building. Clean and quiet. You have to be prepared to put your personal items in a locker as they are not allowed in the building where researching is conducted. You can leave items in your car. Take pencil and paper if you are doing a family history search.... More 

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Before I graduated high school in 2010, I would often stop by at this place after being dropped off by DART Bus 106. There, I would catch up with my schoolwork and other affairs; it was a place where I could able to relax and refresh myself. I often called DPA as my "hub" or "thinking place". I was going... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you enjoy history of USA you should go here They have so much to teach and you may get to see some great historical documents. So on the first weekend of month

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I stopped in to check out some historic maps and was promptly greeted and made very welcome. The staff listened carefully to my needs and were able to point me directly to what I was looking for. The big surprise was the exhibit space and welcome to Dover information. This is the place to stop first for any history buff... More 

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Elkton Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I use the archives as a research resource with some regularity, but their public displays are worth a visit, always curated in an interesting way.

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delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went here and learned a ton in a short period of time about the underground railroad. It was seriously interesting. I did not realize Delaware's roll in it or that heroes of slavery were right here in our state.

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Georgetown, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Nice place to visit, if you can find parking. Not the Archives fault, blame the city. But the Archives does host the Dover Genealogy group, so its not too bad. Worth a visit if you are doing research, the building itself isnt too historical.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you are looking to learn more about the state's history or that of your own family, the Delaware Public Archives has a wealth of resources to aid in your studies. The staff is very helpful and the materials are well organized, making it easy to gather information on a variety of subjects.

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Philadelphia PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you're not from Delaware (I'm not), why would you want to visit the state archives? I did because I was with a tour group -- I doubt I'd have ventured here on my on. But I'm glad I did. Our guide was friendly, appropriately humorous, and exceedingly knowledgeable. The impressive reading room where the tour began was adored with... More 

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