Old Swedes FoundationOld Swedes Church • Wilimington, DE

Library / Archives

 

The library and archives are open to visitors by appointment.

March - December
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

 

Research Services

Each year, families from around the world make use of the Old Swedes Foundation’s records, including baptism, marriage, and burial for the men and women whose lives were defined by their involvement with Old Swedes Church and the founding of a city, state, and nation over the past 400 years. Descendants of Swedish, Dutch, and English colonists travel across the United States, and around the world to visit the historic site and to investigate the part Old Swedes Church has played in their families’ stories.

 

Family History & Genealogy Information

For a pre-paid fee, a staff or volunteer researcher at Old Swedes Historic Site will conduct research in the baptism, marriage and/or burial records of Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church. While we cannot guarantee results, we will make every effort to help you by documenting all sources consulted during our research.

Fees for this service are $20/hour for Old Swedes Historic Site members and $35/hour for nonmembers. Not a member? Click here. There is a minimum of one hour for your initial request. The research fee includes up to 10 photocopied pages of church records and a letter attesting to the information, with the church seal.

1. Baptism or marriage records – We will search for specific named individuals.

2. Burial records – We will search to see if, when and where members of a specific family were buried in the    church yard.

Please include the following information with your inquiry:
1. Your contact information: Name, phone, mailing address, email.

2. Type of Search you wish to have conducted (baptism, marriage, burial).

3. Name(s) of the person(s) about whom you are seeking information.

4. Any dates which would assist in the search.

5. A check for the total fee, payable to Old Swedes Foundation.

 

Research Fees

Onsite Research Research by OSF Staff
OSF Members Onsite use of collections and records free to members $20 (prepaid) per hour of research (1 hour minimum) – includes up to 10 photocopied pages, letter attesting to the information, church seal. Not a member? Click here.
Non-Members Onsite use of collections and records $5.00 $35 (prepaid) per hour of research (1 hour minimum) – includes up to 10 photocopied pages, letter attesting to the information, church seal.
Photocopying .25 cents per copy
.45 cents for oversize
10 pages of photocopying included in research fee. Price per copy thereafter: 25˘ per copy; 45˘ for oversize.

ALL INQUIRIES ARE PROCESSED IN THE ORDER RECEIVED
Written inquiries are answered as time and staffing permits. Please allow 8-10 weeks from time payment is received for a reply.