This web site is intended for the serious and casual researcher. Click on the Municipalities bar above and select the township or boro you want to look at. There you will find 18th and 19th century tax records, early censuses, cemeteries lists, town directories, maps etc. Then visit the Genealogical Resources link above where there are numerous books on Delaware County history from the 19th and early 20th century. Records are added regularly so please check back often. Most of what you see here and what will be added comes from the thirty-year accumulation of Delaware County Historical memorabilia amassed by Keith Lockhart.This web site has been made possible through the combined efforts of former Delaware County State Representative Ron Raymond, who obtained funding for the web site, and historian Keith Lockhart. Keith is a lifelong Ridley Township resident and a graduate of Penn State University. He has written numerous booklets on the history of the area and for many years penned a history column for Town talk. He has also shared his vast knowledge of local history through articles for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Times Newspapers. Through the dedication and hard work of numerous typists the transcription of the tax and census records took over two years of work to complete. My sincere gratitude goes out to these people. A special thanks to my wife, Mary Lockhart, Donna Greenbarg of Hatboro, Janice Daleandro of Morton, Ethel Dougherty of Norwood, Dawn Beck of Springfield. Keith Lockhart's collection contains many rare books and booklets on Delaware County Pa. History that are not available anywhere else. These booklets run the gamut from the Delaware County Society to Detect Horse Thieves in 1850 to Prospectus's for Delaware County Businesses . Contact Keith Lockhart today.
January 18, 2017- all the Clifton Hghts Sanborn maps have been added to that page and they came with a map and street index to help you locate buildings. I will begin adding Upper Darby Sanborn maps tomorrow. January 22, 2017- the Upper Darby Sanborn maps from 1948 have been started it does come with street and map index. January 26, 2017- all of the Upper Darby Township 1948 Sanborn maps are now on the Upper Darby page. February 12, 2017- a Franklin Map from 1946 has been added to the Ridley page. February 14, 2017- two Franklin maps from for Radnor and Upper Darby Twps. have been added to their pages. February 17, 2017- I have added the complete 1826 Delaware County Mill survey and a 1833 newspaper article about changes, to the mill page below. March 3, 2017- under the Muncipalities link above I have added a whole new page and some 15 articles so far on where boros, townships etc. got their names in Delaware County. Please take a look! March 5, 2017- more place names of Delaware County have been added to the Muncipalities page above. March 8, 2017- more place names have been added to the Muncipalities page. March 14, 2017- All but one of the 33 files on Delaware County place names has been added to the Muncipalities page. Pleasetake a look! March 18, 2017- the 75th anniversary of the Chester Times from 1951 has been added to the Chester page. March 23, 2017- the "Giove Trove" has arrived!! Mary M. Giove, a volunteer at DCHS, said she would type for me a "little bit" last year. Her "little bit" has turned into 100's of articles from the pages of the Chester Times. I just started to add some of her articles to the Aston page at the bottom under newspaper articles. The articles are about important news stories, business news, new schools and churches, etc. Included in these articles are a number about Captain Erb, a sensational murder case from 1907.
This link is to let everyone know what new books and booklets that are out, dealing with Delaware County history. If you would like to make people aware of any new books please let me know.
Just in time for Christmas 2016, Ed Stewart has published, the story of Grover Bergdoll whose well to do family lived in Delaware County. Bergdoll fled to Germanyduring the First World War rsther than be drafted. The story caused national head lines in the day. Read this well done book about a family crisis and what happend to them.
Another new book is out this Spring, 2016 the story of James 'Ted" Meredith by Jack Lemon. Meredith a Delco native set two world and Olympic records in Stockholm, Sweden. The book is by Jack Lemon from Media class of 1964. Click on the link above to order the book and for more information.
A new book is out this month, January 2016, the book, is by Robert L. Bingham.
It is his reminisces of growing up in Lansdowne part memoir and history book. He will be doing some book signings this month click on the link above for more information. Several new books are out this month and deserve your attention ! First, Black Gold The African American Athlete at Media High School 1915-1966 and thru out Delaware County. The book is written by Jack Lemon, an athlete himself of Media High School. The book can be mail ordered. Click the book page above for more details. I read the book really liked it, lots of great stories and insights. The second book out is, The Killing of John Sharpless by Stephanie Hoover. The Sharpless Murder happened in late 1885, when Sharpless, a well known farmer was killed by a black man. A sensational trial followed, with corruption and mishandling of the investigation just part of the many problems of the case. It is a great read. The Arcadia Book on is out!! Written by Beth "Bethel" McCarrick with help from her daughter, Faith McCarrick-Diskin and everyone at the Bethel Township Preservation Society. PLEASE check out fellow, Class of 1969 Ridley Grad, Rich Pagano's new book, “The Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty" look for it in local stores!
The page as it states is to announce upcoming meetings, lectures and historical events throughout Delaware County. If your group is planning something special, or just a meeting, please pass the information on to me and it will be posted on this new page. E-mail email@example.com
Stan Bowman of Chester County was born and raised in Delaware County and began taking pictures of trolleys in his teens. In the past 50 odd years he has amassed the largest collection of trolley pictures and information around. Stan has been kind enough to share some of his pictures and information with my site and over the next month or so, maps, pictures and information will be added about all the trolley routes and companies that once operated in Delaware County.
A new mill page has been created, to go to it, click the link above. It features the 1826 mill survey, the report of the 1843 flood and a rare mill map for the entire county also from 1843. More will be added to this site in the next few months.
This page has been opened for Delaware County Newspapers. The link for the Chester Times to search it, is now here. The good news after numerous scanning and experimenting the first year of the Morton Chronicle from 1880-1881 is now on the site and can be searched. More years will be added next week most from my personal collection. It has taken allot longer than I thought to do this but it will be well worth it. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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