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Delmarva Bibliography
Collection of bibliographic resources pertaining to Delmarva history, including primary and secondary sources.

Primary Sources:           Delaware | Maryland | Virginia
Secondary Sources:      Delaware | Maryland | Virginia

What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?
Primary sources are "actual records that have survived from the past, such as letters, photographs, articles of clothing." Secondary sources are "accounts of the past created by people writing about events sometime after they happened." [Library of Congress definition]




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Delmarva has an extensive selection of primary source materials dating from the earliest time of European settlement.


Primary Sources: Delaware Go to Secondary Sources: Delaware

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Bendler, Bruce A. "Colonial Delaware Records 1681-1713." Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1992.

Bendler, Bruce A. "Colonial Delaware Assemblymen 1682-1776." Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1989.

Burr, Horace, trans. The Records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church, 1697-1773 (1890).

Clark, Raymond B. Jr. "Delaware Revolutionary Pensioners." published by author 1982.

Colonial Society of Pennsylvania. Records of the Court of New Castle on Delaware. Lancaster, PA: 1904.

Colonial Society of Pennsylvania. Records of the Court of New Castle on Delaware, 1681-1699, Land and Probate Abstract Only. Meadville, PA: Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, 1935.

Delaware. Court Records of Kent County, Delaware, 1680-1705. Washington, DC: American Historical Association, 1959.

Delaware. Court of Chancery. Delaware Chancery Reports. 1814-.

Delaware. The Duke of York Record: Being an Authorized Transcript From the Official Archives of the State of Delaware, and Comprising the Letters Patent, Permits, Commissions, Surveys, Plats, and Confirmations by the Duke of York and Other High Officials, From 1646-1679. Wilmington, DE: Sunday Star Print, 1903.

Delaware. Governor's Register: Appointments and Other Transactions by Executives of the State from 1674-1851, Vol. 1. Wilmington, DE: Star Publishing Company, 1926.

Delaware. Minutes of the Council of Delaware State, 1776-1792. Wilmington, DE: Historical Society of Delaware, 1887.

Delaware. Records of the Court of New Castle on Delaware. 2 vols. Lancaster, PA: 1904-1935.

deValinger, Leon. Court Records of Kent County, Delaware, 1680-1705. Washington DC: The American Historical Association, 1959.

deValinger, Leon. Calendar of Sussex County Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800. 1964.

deValinger, Leon Jr. "Reconstructed 1790 Federal Census of Delaware." Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 1962.

D.G. Beers, Atlas of the State of Delaware, 1868.

Dill, Raymond Walter, William Martin Dill, and Elizabeth Ann Bosthic Dill. Souls in Heaven, Names in Stone: Kent County, Delaware Cemetery Records. 1989.

Dunlap, Arthur R. "Dutch and Swedish Land Records Relating to Delaware- Some New Documents and a Checklist." Delaware History 6 (1954): 25-52.

Hone, Craig, ed., Records of the Courts of Sussex County Delaware, 1677-1710. 1991.

Gehring, Charles T. New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Volumes XX-XXI, Delaware Papers, (English Period): A Collection of Documents Pertaining to the Regulation of Affairs on the Delaware, 1664-1682. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2000.

Hancock, Harold B. "Descriptions and Accounts of Delaware, 1700-1740." Delaware History 10 (1962).

Hancock, Harold B. "Historical Records Relating to Delaware in the British Isles." Delaware History 10 (1963).

Hancock, Harold B. "The Reconstructed Delaware State Census of 1782." Wilmington, DE: Delaware Genealogical Society, 1983.

Horle, Craig W., ed. Records of the Courts of Sussex County, Delaware, Vol. 1, 1677-1689. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Horle, Craig W., ed. "Records of the Courts of Sussex County, Delaware, Vol. 2, 1690-1710. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991.

Maddux, Gerald and Doris Ollar. Delaware Federal Census 1800. Baltimore MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1976.

Masons, Elaine H., ed. Land Records of Sussex County Delaware, 1782-1789. 1990.

More, Nicholas. "Letters of Doctor Nicholas Moore, and Others, 1686." In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.

Munroe, John A. and John C Dann. "Benjamin Eastburn, Thomas Noxon and the Earliest Map of the Three Lower Counties." Delaware History 21 (1984-1985): 217-232.

Myers, Albert C. Walter Wharton's Land Survey Register, 1675-1679, West Side of Delaware River, From Newcastle County, Delaware into Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Wilmington, DE: The Historical Society of Delaware, 1955.

O'Callaghan, E. B. Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, 15 vols. Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons, and Company, 1856-1888.

Olmstead, Virginia. Delaware Federal Census 1850. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co.

Paschall, Thomas, Letter of Thomas Paschall, 1683. In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912).

Peden, Henry Jr. Colonial Delaware Soldiers and Sailors 1638-1776. Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1995.

Penn, William. "Some Account of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1681." In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.

Penn, William. "Letter from William Penn to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders, 1683." In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.

Penn, William. "A Further Account of the Province of Pennsylvania, by William Penn, 1685." In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912.

Pennsylvania. Colonial Records of Pennsylvania: Minutes of the Provincial council of Pennsylvania, From the Organization to the Termination of the Proprietary Government, 1st Series, 3 vols. Harrisburg, PA: Theophilus Fenn, 1838-1840.

Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Archives: Selected and Arranged from Original documents in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth Conforming to Acts of the General Assembly. 1st-8th Series, 1852-1930.

Public Archives Commission of Delaware. The Governor's Register, 1674-1851. 1926.

Records of the Court of New Castle on Delaware, 1676-1681. Lancaster, PA: Wickersham Printing Co., 1904.

Records of Sussex County: Court Records, 1680-1699. (Also known as Deale-Sussex County Court Records, 1680-1699)

Richards, Mary Fallon. "Black Birth Records, New Castle County, Delaware, 1810-1853." National Genealogical Society Quarterly 67 (1979).

Thomas, Gabriel, An Historical and Geographical Account of Pensilvania and of West-New-Jersey, 1698. In Myers, Albert Cook, Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey, and Delaware, 1630-1707 (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912).

Turner, C. H. B. Some Records of Sussex County. Philadelphia, PA: Allen, Lane and Scott, 1909.

Virden, Donald O. "Delaware Bible Records Vol. 1." Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1991.

Virden, Donald O. "Delaware Bible Records Vol. 2." Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1992.

Virden, Donald O. "Delaware Bible Records Vol. 3." Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 1992.

Wright, F. Edward. "Delaware Newspaper Abstracts 1786- 1795 Volume 1." Silver Spring, MD: Family Line Publications, 1984.

Wright, F. Edward, ed. Vital Records of Kent and Sussex Counties, Delaware, 1686-1800. 1986.

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Primary Sources: Maryland Go to Secondary Sources: Maryland

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Primary Sources: Virginia Go to Secondary Sources: Virginia

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Ames, Susie M. County Court Records of Accomack-Northampton Counties, VA. 1632-1640.

Ames, Susie M. County Court Records of Accomack-Northampton Counties, VA. 1640-1645.

Ames, Susie M. Studies of the Virginia Eastern Shore in the Seventeenth Century. 1940.

Carey, Mary Frances and Moody K. Miles III. Tombstone Inscriptions of Upper Accomack County, Virginia. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1995.

Crowson, E. Thomas and Susan Hite. Accomack County, Virginia, 1860 Census. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1987.

Crowson, E. Thomas. Colonial Life as Revealed by the Court Records in One of the Original Shire of Virginia. 1981.

Doliante, Sharon J. Maryland and Virginia Colonials, Volumes 1 & 2. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1991.

Ewald, Annie Laurie. Accomack County, Virginia, 1800 Census. The Virginia Genealogist 1 &a,p; 2 (1957).

Fleet, Beverley, ed. Virginia Colonial Abstracts, 3 vols.

Guild, Jane Purcell. Black Laws of Virginia. Afro-American Historical Assoc. of Fauquier Co. Va., 1936, 1996.

Hotten, John Camden. The Original Lists of Persons of Duality: Emigrants... Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700. 1974.

Jester, Annie Lash and Martha Woodruff Hiden, comps. Adventurers of Purse and Person: Virginia. 1607-1625. Richmond, VA: 1964.

Kingsbury, Susan Myra. The Records of the Virginia Company of London 4 vols. 1906-1935.

Koger, Celestine G. The Slave Inhabitants Schedule of Accomack Co., Virginia. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1995.

Marshall, James H., comp. Abstracts of the Wills and Administrations of Northampton County. VA., 1632-1802. 1993.

Mason, Frances N. John Norton and Sons, Merchants of London and Virginia, being the Papers from Their Counting House for the Years 1750 to 1795. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, 1937.

McIlwaine, H. R. ed. Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1619-1658/9. Richmond, VA: 1915.

McKey, JoAnn Riley. Accomack County, VA Court Order Abstracts, 14 vols. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1999.

Mihalyka, Jean Merritt and Faye Downing Wilson. Graven Stones: Inscriptions from Lower Accomack County, Virginia, including Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books Inc., 1966.

Miles, Barry W., and Moody K. Miles. Abstraction of the Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia 1800-1860, Vol 1 & 2.Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2006.

Miles, Barry W., and Moody K. Miles. Accomack County Marriage Registry 4, 1896-1925. 2003.

Miles, Barry W. and Moody K. Miles III. Marriage Records of Accomack Co, VA, 1854-1985. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1997.

Nottingham, Stratton. Accomack County Virginia Certificates and Rights, 1663-1709 and Tithables, 1663-1695. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1993.

Nottingham, Stratton. Land Causes, Accomack County, Virginia 1727-1826. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1930.

Nottingham, Stratton. Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia 1663-1800. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1931.

Nugent, Nell Marion. ed. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants. 3 vols.

Register of Free Negroes, 1785 - 1863. Accomack County Clerk. Library of Virginia, Reel 316.

Robinson, W. Stitt, Jr. Mother Earth: Land Grants in Virginia: 1607-1699. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1980.

Turman, Nora Miller. Marriage Records of Accomack County, VA, 1776-1854, Recorded in Bonds, Licenses, and Ministers Returns. Bowie, MD: Heritage Press, Inc., 1994.

Turman, Nora Miller. St. James Church and St. George Parish, 1763-1990, Accomack County, Virginia. Accomac, VA: The Church, 1990.

Walczyk, Frank. Northampton County, Virginia: Orders and Wills, 1651-1654. Westminster, 1999.

Walczyk, Frank. Northampton County, Virginia: Orders and Wills, 1678-93. Westminster, 2000-2002.

Walczyk, Frank. Northampton County, Virginia: Orders and Wills, 1698-1710. Westminster, 2001.

Walczyk, Frank. Northampton County Orphans Accounts, 1731-1813. 2 vols. Westminster, 2000.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Birth Register 1853-1896 African American Births. Peter's Row, 2005.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Birth Register 1853-1896 Vol 1-3. Peter's Row, 2001.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Chancery Orders 1831-1845. Peter's Row, 2004.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack County Death Register 1853-1896 African American Deaths. Peter's Row, 2005.

Walczyk, Gail. Accomack County Orphans Accounts, 1741-1770, 1793-1805, 1800-1802.

Walczyk, Gail M. Accomack Indentures 1798-1835. Peter's Row, 2002.

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Secondary Sources: Delaware

Secondary Sources: Maryland

Secondary Sources: Virginia



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