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Date Posted: Friday, March 26th, 2010

Have you seen the new nonfiction book entitled “Birthright:  the true story that inspired Kidnapped” by A. Roger Ekirch? The book is set in 1728, when a 12-year old was kidnapped, sold into indentured servitude, and sent to Delaware, so his uncle could keep the property the boy should have inherited.  After 13 years, he […]

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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Do you ever watch the show Ghost Hunters?  It’s gotten to be a pretty big thing.  We had a group of high school students come in the other day that are big fans of the show and wanted to know if Delaware had any haunted places.  Of course we do! There are numerous stories of […]

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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

A family came in the other day from out of town during one of our winter snowstorms.  They had come to visit relatives and couldn’t believe all the snow we had.  They couldn’t remember it ever being like this on any other family visit and asked if this was normal?  It made them wonder how many […]

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Date Posted: Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Our photo archivist, Randy Goss, was organizing some of the photos from one of our Photograph Collections and found these great shots of Samuel P. Langley’s attempt to be the first man to fly. These six pictures were taken October 7, 1903 on the Potomac River.  Langley was the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and […]

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Date Posted: Friday, February 26th, 2010

Have you ever looked at your deed and seen the term hundred? Have you ever wondered what that meant?  A couple came in after they had purchased their new house. They were curious what the term Appoquinimink Hundred meant on their deed. The term hundred originated in England and is defined as a division of a county. It is different than […]

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Date Posted: Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The Delaware Public Archives will sponsor a Civil War program entitled On the Home Front: Delaware Women during the Civil War on Saturday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. As with previous wars, the women kept the home fires burning as the men marched off to engage in battle. But during the Civil War, things were just a […]

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Date Posted: Monday, February 22nd, 2010

More than 25 people came out on Saturday, Feb. 20, for the Judy Johnson program at the Archives.  Not only did the speaker, Ellen Rendle, do a great job of presenting information about Johnson’s life and career, but numerous individuals who knew Mr. Johnson came forward to talk about their remembrances.  Several persons noted that Johnson was always willing […]

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Date Posted: Friday, February 19th, 2010

I was watching the Olympics this week and was listening to the commentators talking about the athletes that live in the United States but play for other countries. I couldn’t help but think about a family we helped in 2007.  We had a mother call who wanted to get dual citizenship for her son. He […]

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Date Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2010

Have you ever had an Uncle that always has a story about one of your ancestors serving in a war? So the story goes of war heroes in every family. Did you ever wonder if it was the truth?  A young lady came in because her uncle had been telling her for years about her […]

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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

You’ve been asking your kids for years to give you a trip to Europe for Christmas. You don’t need any more knickknacks, gift certificates, etc.  And this year they finally did!  Now you have to get your passport.  I had an extremely excited woman call to get a copy of her marriage certificate from 1964.  […]

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