Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
1940 Census Indexing Project Federation of Genealogical Societies
SCGS is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is also an official Society in the 1940 Census Indexing Project.
Welcome . . our society is open to everyone with an interest in finding their roots!

Speakers for 2016-17 - Monthly Meetings

We are excited to announce the Fall and Spring Calendar of speakers and presentations for our Society at the new Lewes Public Library.
Speakers for 2016:
Sep 17  -  Mike Dixon  -  Unlocking the History of an Old House
Oct 15  -  Mike Dixon  -  Voters at Last: Battling for the Ballot
Nov 19  -  Nancy Lynch  -  Preserving War Letters
Dec 17  -  Members Show & Tell / Christmas Party     
Speakers for 2017:
Jan 21  -  Don Pritchett  -  The Civil War in History and Memory
Feb 18  -  Mike Dixon - The Mason-Dixon Line: Story Behind the Boundary
Mar 18  -  Kim Bucklaw  -  18th Century Ancestors in Rural America
Apr 15  -  Mike Dixon  -  Pass the Rum:  Rise & Fall of Prohibition
May 20  -  Elaine Patterson  -  After your research:  What's Next?

Unlocking the History of an Old House

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Mike Dixon - September 17,  2016     
About this lecture:
Just as families have a past, old houses and the land they are built on have histories. This practical lecture is designed to show you how to uncover that past and answer questions such as when was the structure built, who lived in it, how has it changed over time, and what are its stories. The discussion centers on implementing an organized research process, what records are available, where to look for documents, and interpreting the findings. The discussion concludes by presenting suggestions for creating a history of an old house. If you know where to look, you may find the clues to the past.

S.C.G.S Writers' Group

SCGS Writers’ Group
Personal Writing Project
Background – The SCGS “Writers’ Group” Special Interest Group grew out of two Discussion Group sessions. The participants didn’t want their work and development to end.  Writers’ Group has since had several configurations, with varying degrees of success, but always trying to provide impetus and instruction for those who want to convert their lists of names and dates into prose for the reading enjoyment of their friends and family. This has usually been done through weekly assignments that encouraged the writer to produce a document that could fit into a larger “Family History,” no matter the target audience.
A New Idea – Recently, a suggestion was made that, perhaps, more people would like to be involved in a writing project that would provide a finished product.  Consequently, Writers’ Group will focus on a six-month writing project that will produce a finished product by Christmas.  (You will have August and September off.)
Writers’ Group – Writers’ Group meets the third Friday of each month, except August and September, noon till 2:00, at the Ocean Grill on Long Neck Road (32564 Long Neck Rd., Millsboro, DE  19966).  Long Neck Road runs between rte. 24 and the Indian River Bay, about ½ way between rte. 113 and rte. 1.  Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet and several copies of your writing assignment to share with other writers.  We aim to help and encourage each others’ writing.
Personal Writing Project
A writing in six sections that documents your background, life, and times
Feel free to include pictures.
(These are guideline suggestions/questions.  Adapt as appropriate.)
For Session Descriptions see listing in Programs

Downstate DE Genealogical Society

October 6
Genie Bytes
Genie Bytes explores a wide range of topics that cover technology issues: past topics have included Family Tree Maker, editing video files, Cloud backups. Members suggest topics. You’re welcome to bring your laptops or tablets. Internet access available through library. ...
October 8
Downstate DE Genealogical Society Program
Address:  35 E. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE See flyer announcement on Home Page
October 13
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning.
October 15
Monthly Meeting
We are pleased to have Mike Dixon back to present "Voters at Last: Battle for the Ballot"
October 21
Writer's Group - Session 4 - High School
Where did you go to high school?  What were your high school colors, mascot, etc.?  In what activities/sports did you participate?  Who were your best friends?  Who were your favorite teachers?  Favorite classes?   What was going on in the ...