Research Services

Due to the variety of resource material in our collections as well as limited staff resources, a personal visit is strongly encouraged.  For a fee, a preliminary research service is available for those who are unable to visit our library in person. Our research service cannot, in general, exceed 1 hour of investigation. Successful results cannot be guaranteed.

Research Fees:
Delaware Historical Society Members (not a member? click here!)
$20.00 (prepaid) per hour of research
$2.00 minimum (prepaid) for family book index or catalog check for each family name

$30.00 (prepaid) per hour of research
$5.00 minimum (prepaid) for family book index or catalog check of each family name

Regular (8.5 x 11): $.30/page;  11 x 17: $.45/page
Student rate: regular $.25/page;  11 x 17: $.30/page

Microfilm copies: $.30/page; Student rate: $.25

Digital Cameras/Cell-phone cameras:

- must ask permission
- $5/day
Member and students
- $7/day non-members

Please note, if a non-visit request (email, phone, letter) Check or Money orders only.

For further information on our research services, or to inquire about the fees for your particular inquiry, please contact us at or call the Research Library at (302) 655-7161.  For a detailed description of our genealogical resources, please refer to Delaware Genealogy: A Guide to Research at the Delaware Historical Society.

Please note:
All inquiries are processed in the order received.

Due to our high volume of correspondence, please expect a turn-over time of between 3 to 6 weeks after payment is received.

Please provide the following contact information:

Name Address, City, State, Zip
E-mail address
Your specific request.

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