HomeHow-ToTough-To-Find Tuesday: Common Recovery Docket

That’s right, I just made up my own brand new meme. Today, I’ve been digging around some more at the Delaware Public Archives site, and found a number of new tools to locate records and eventually cost me a ton of money when I send away for copies. Not that I’m complaining – the best case scenario is that I find so much stuff I need copies of, I’ll need to remortgage the house.

But back to the “tough-to-find” tip of the day.

I know nothing about this record group, but it looks like it may have tremendous potential. My ancestors lived in Appoquinimink Hundred in New Castle County, Delaware. There were certainly seemed to be more tenants than freeholders. What records might be available if your ancestor was a tenant, not a land owner? Well, assuming he wasn’t a very good tenant, you might find him here -or maybe your ancestor was getting rid of a tenant. I’m definitely gonna look for my deadbeat tenant ancestors and bad-ass evicting landlord ancestors in these records on my next trip to Delaware. An additional potential benefit is that this record group spans a time in New Castle County where there are some missing land records. Below is the description from the DPA website. Anyone ever venture into these?

*note: this may or may not be New Castle County. The Finding aids are difficult to navigate, and the record description doesn’t name the county. I thought, based on the recorg group number that it was, but now I’m not entirely sure.*

Common Recovery Docket

Earliest Date of Material:

Latest Date of Material:

Genealogical and historical description:

Docket for a court process by which the owner attempts to recover lands from a tenant in possession.

Scope and Contents:

Shows court term, names of plaintiff and defendant, location of the property in question, plaintiff’s and defendant’s contentions, date of narratives, and court rendering. Some narratives include brief property title information. 29XCommon Recovery Book, A.

Arrangement of Material:

Arranged chronologically by court term.
Separate, within, alphabetically by name of defendant.


Tough-To-Find Tuesday: Common Recovery Docket — 1 Comment

  1. This sounds like a really worthwhile record set. If you can actually find your people in it, of course. I wonder how many special court record types are out there as every county seems to do things a bit differently.