Ethnic Groups of Delaware

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This entry was originally written by Roger D. Joslyn, CG, FUGA, FGBS, FASG, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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African American

Chapters 29 and 30 of Reed’s History (see Background Sources for Delaware) provide an overview on Delaware African Americans, and articles of interest have been published in Delaware History. See also two articles by Mary Fallon Richards: “Black Birth Records, New Castle County, Delaware, 1810–1853,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 67 (1979): 264-66, which lists the name of the African-American child and date of birth, names of parents (usually mother), of master or mistress, and date of registration; and also “Licenses to Import and Export Slaves,” Delaware Genealogical Society Journal 1 (1980–81): 8-12, 30-37.

Native American

Information about Delaware’s Native Americans is found in at least six works. Frank Gouldsmith Speck wrote The Nanticoke and Conoy Indians (Wilmington: Historical Society of Delaware, 1927). The other five, by Clinton A. Weslager, are entitled Delaware’s Forgotten Folk: The Story of the Moors and Nanticokes (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1970); Delaware Indians: A History (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1972); The Delaware Indian Westward Migration (Wallingford, Pa.: Middle Atlantic Press, 1978); Red Men on the Brandywine (1953; reprint, Wilmington, Del.: Delmar News Agency, 1976); and The Delaware: A Critical Bibliography (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1978).

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