There are about 300 newspapers that have been published in the The First State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Delaware ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated February, 2017)
Chronicling America: Delaware Newspapers
- Middletown, Del., 1868-current - Middletown transcript.
- Wilmington, Del., 1841-1843 - Delaware Republican, and farmers', manufacturers' and mechanics' advocate.
- Wilmington, Del., 1843-1874 - Delaware Republican.
- Wilmington, Del., 1872-1874 - Wilmington daily gazette.
- Wilmington, Del., 1874-1883 - The daily gazette.
- Wilmington, Del., 1874-1890 - Daily Republican.
- Wilmington, Del., 1890-1902 - The Wilmington daily Republican.
New Castle Public Library Newspapers
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.
Lewes Newark Wilmington
- Sunday Morning Star
- Sunday Star
- Sunday Star
- Delaware Advertiser and Farmer's Journal
- Delaware Weekly Advertiser and Farmer's Journal
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 11 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Delaware Newspapers
There are currently 34 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Delaware Newspapers
There are currently 7 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Delaware
There are currently 7 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Delaware.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the University of Delaware Library site, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects and also where some microfilmed newspapers are available in the state.
Please note - even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
For more links for different states, provinces, and countries - please see the Newspapers! page on this website.