Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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SCGS is an official Society in the 1940 Census Indexing Project

SCGS is a 501c3 Non-Profit Organization
The best part about genealogy
is searching for ancestors
and finding friends.
                                                                   Lawrence Dillard
Come to a place where we do both!

Announcing ...

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New Historical Records
In August, we added 19 million historical records in 15 different collections. They include 7 new collections from various U.S. states, with birth, marriage and death records; 3 new collections from Australia - a birth index, a passenger list, and a wills and probate collection; and several additional collections. In addition, updates were made to enlarge the Greece Electoral Rolls collection, the France Death Index, and the free Israel Genealogy Research Association collection.
upcoming online sessions
We're gearing up for another month of fantastic online sessions including Facebook Lives and Webinars with genealogy experts from around the world to help you take your genealogy research to the next level! Enjoy them from the comfort of your own home.
Education center new content
Time is precious. When you only have a limited amount of time per day or week to work on your family history research, it's hard to know what to start with. Here's a list we've put together with our tips for getting the most out of your efforts, no matter how long you have to work on your genealogy. Read this and other great content on the MyHeritage Knowledge Base.
Grandparents day
September marks the celebration of National Grandparents Day. Grandparents play a special role in our lives, and according to some studies, the role of grandmothers is more essential than we may have realized. Researchers theorize that grandmothers may actually be the key to the survival of the human race.
Visiting Cemeteries to Preserve Family History
Cemeteries are quiet, peaceful, often quite beautiful, and they're a fascinating treasure trove of historical information. There are so many things you can learn from gravestones that you can't learn anywhere else.
User Story
Linda Brown grew up in Newfoundland, Canada knowing she'd been adopted. In her late 20s, she met her biological mother, but the identity of her birth father remained a mystery... until she took a MyHeritage DNA test. In addition to finding her father, Linda learned that she has 2 half-brothers and a half-sister! Now that they've met, Linda is thrilled to have them in her life going forward.
Call for stories
Sharing discoveries inspires others to begin researching their own family history. Tell us about a fascinating discovery you've made using MyHeritage. Whether you have uncovered unique photos that you'd never seen before, found an unknown relative through a Smart Match™, or unearthed a precious historical record that changed the course of your research, we'd love to hear your inspirational family history story!
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From the Delaware Archives

*“Why Not Run Me?” The Story of How
Abraham Lincoln Became President
Due to current coronavirus restrictions the Delaware Public Archives has moved its First Saturday series to an online only format. The latest program, presented by Lew Miller, is titled *“Why Not Run Me?” The Story of How Abraham Lincoln Became President. This presentation is now available on the Delaware Public Archives website . Look for the DPA TV icon. 
The election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 was the most consequential choice ever made by the American people, precipitating the bloodiest war in our nation’s history. Yet six months beforehand few Americans had ever heard of him. In this program, local historian Lew Miller will discuss the sudden rise of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. How did this unknown former congressman pull off such a great upset? What events led southerners to the brink of secession? Lincoln was a brilliant politician but his rise to the presidency could not have happened without both mistakes by his rivals for the Republican nomination and circumstances beyond his control. The story of how he became president involves powerful personalities, a nation in crisis, and a few chance events.
*[The quote is from Lincoln as he sat listening to his fellow Illinois Republicans discussing who was the best possible presidential candidate for the party and not hearing his name even mentioned by his colleagues.]
The presenter Lew Miller worked in public education for 46 years and is a former Director of Instruction for the Caesar Rodney School District. He has a degree in history and taught United States history for more than twenty years.
Please be aware that this is an online only presentation. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Announcing ...

The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Conference is the largest event promoting African-ancestored family history, and it’s coming to you this year. Virtually join online sessions October 14 – 17.

We’re especially looking forward to Genealogist Nicka Sewell‑Smith’s session, Breaking Through With Newspapers and Military Records, and our own Crista Cowan’s session, Documenting the Enslaved in Your Family Tree.

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Program Announcement

Here's the list of programs that will be presented during the Fall of 2020:
   19 SEP 2020      Thomas McEntee: "After You're Gone: Future Proofing Your
                               Genealogy Research".  Live, Interactive webinar.
   17 OCT 2020     Denise Clemons, Archivist, Lewes Historical Society: "Welcome To
                              The Archives".
   21 NOV 2020     Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist': "No Vitals, No Problems".
                              Live, interactive webinar.
   19 DEC 2020      “We Are Family” :  SCGS members share stories.

Sussex County Genealogical Society

Wants to Know
What would you like to be included at our Genie Bytes, Special Interest, Discussion Groups and Monthly Meetings?
We have several great speakers lined up for our meetings and are looking for future suggestions!
Let us know .. OK?   Send your suggestions to

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October 17
SCGS General Monthly Meeting with speaker Denise Clemons
SCGS Regular Monhly meeting- Agenda to follow  Denise Clemons, Archivist, Lewes Historical Society is the presentor 10:30-11:30 Finish regular meeting 11:30-noon
November 21
"The Legal Genealogist" "No Vitals, No Problem"
Judy G. Russell presentor. Live interactive webinar.  "The Legal Genealogist" "No Vitals, No Problem"
December 19
"We are Family" SCGS member share stories