Delaware Public Records
5 Things Excluded From Delaware Public Records
Like all states, Delaware public records provides access to a wide variety of data collected by the government. Sometimes this data is created by the government itself. Other times it is collected from those that live in the state. Each state is allowed to decide on its own exemptions from Delaware public records. Some of Delaware's exemptions include:
Delaware public records contain a lot of information. But there is still quite a bit of information that is excluded. Check to see if the data you want is available before you request the Delaware public records from the state.
Delaware Birth Records
Currently there are only three offices from which to obtain a Delaware birth record in person. These are located in Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties. However, for those that require a Delaware birth record and have moved out of the State, you can request a copy through the mail, or by phone.You must be ‘a person of interest’ to obtain a Delaware birth record that is newer then seventy two years. This means the person named on the birth record, the parent of the named, a legal representative or law enforcement. Delaware birth records become part of the public domain after seventy two years. This is a major plus for those who are looking for Delaware ancestors and for genealogy research.
Delaware Death Records
Delaware death records include vital information such as the full name of the person, the cause of death and the date and time of death. In some instances, the information on who reported the death and where the person is buried is also included.
The cause of death listed on a death record can be very helpful for those researching diseases in their family or who are establishing a family history.
Delaware death records became part of their legal system in 1913. State archives hold some death records as far back as 1811. Death records in this State become public record after forty years, meaning that anybody can obtain a Delaware death record after forty years of the death. After the forty years, they are transferred to the archives and are searchable.
Additional Delaware Resources
The links listed below lead to government agencies that provide free online access to public record information.