Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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Presentation: October 24th

The New Delaware Genealogical Research Guide: A Look BetweenThe Covers (Member Meetings)
10:00AM Virtual Meeting, Registration Required
The Delaware Genealogial Research Guide Committee will give a virtual walk-through of the new edition showing how it is organized and it's extensive, updated and user-friendly approach to Delaware resources and repositories.  Free and open to the public.  Register now at
The book is available on in paperback.
The Delaware Genealogical Research Guide contains detailed descriptions of how and where to find information about Delaware ancestors. Well-organized and easy to use, the guide covers more than 20 types of records; offers suggestions for further research; and features a comprehensive compendium of more than 100 local, regional, and national record repositories and resources. In addition, discussions of Delaware’s history and geography add important context and explain how competing claims to the land and protracted boundary disputes affect where records might be located. Meticulously compiled and fact-checked by members of the Delaware Genealogical Society, this guide is a valuable asset for experienced as well as novice researchers. (Description by Amazon)

Announcing ...

Notice from Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS) of their upcoming virtual conference on Oct 17 & 18 via Zoom. Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL. The Legal Genealogist will present 2 sessions on Sat afternoon and 2 sessions on Sunday afternoon. Cost is $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Visit their website for more information and to register:

Announcing ...

New Online Program Focuses on Life in Kent County, Delaware, 1680-1740
Due to current coronavirus restrictions the Delaware Public Archives will be presenting its October First Saturday program in an online format only. Presented by historian Charles Fithian, the October Program is titled “Intendinge to Seate In These Upward Parts”: Life in Kent County, Delaware, 1680-1740. It is currently available on the Delaware Public Archives website . Look for the DPA TV icon. During the 17th-century, Anglo-European settlers established colonies throughout the Delaware Valley. The century saw the establishment of colonial societies in what became one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. These complex cultural and social interactions continued well after Delaware, known then as the “Lower Counties” of Pennsylvania, became an English colony in 1664.
Integrating information from archaeological and historic research, this presentation will examine what life was like on this frontier in what is now central Delaware. Discussed will be such topics as the pattern of settlement, landscape and environmental adaptations, immigration, family and household structure, transportation networks, and material culture. These different kinds of information will be compared with those from neighboring colonial areas, and the theme of early Delaware’s distinctive nature will be emphasized.
Charles (Chuck) Fithian, a resident of Dover, currently serves as an instructor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. For 28 years, Fithian served as the Curator of Archaeology with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. In this position he was responsible for the curation of the archaeological collections of the State of Delaware while directing archaeological and historical research projects, including the research and conservation for the British warship DeBraak. He has also conducted extensive research on Delaware during the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
Please be aware that this is an online only presentation. For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Announcing ...

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) are extremely pleased their merger will be finalized tomorrow on 1 October 2020. We invite you to join us as we celebrate “the new NGS” on 1 October at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) at a virtual merger event, featuring host Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. Additional guests include members of the NGS and FGS boards, AAHGS president Gene Stephenson, BCG president LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, Lou Szucs, Curt Witcher, and more!
Grab some snacks, put on your party hat, get your noisemaker ready, and join us for an exciting evening of fun! Share the experience by posting a photo of yourself on social media using #NewNGS.
To attend, simply click the link below and use passcode newngs
Help us commemorate FGS and salute the new NGS by creating a digital card with Vivid-Pix. Submit by 5 October to see your card live on the NGS website!


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.

Program Announcement

Here's the list of programs that will be presented during the Fall of 2020:
   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

Tip of the Day by Michael John Neill
Want Great tips on Genealogy Research?
Ship List Research
Pilgrim Ships from early 1600's
The Legal Genealogist
A Genealogist With A Law Degree

November 7
Q and A Zoom
Managed by Carol Hedlund and Tom Dempsey but all are encourged to bring questions and participate in the answers. Very lively discussions happen. Let Carol know you want to attend before November 6th.
November 11
SCGS Board meeting -members invited
Zoom Board meeting. Ask Carol Hedlund for a zoom invitation before Friday November 10th. Agenda To be announced later around November 1st.
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