Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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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!

Our November Monthly Meeting

On Saturday November 17th we met at the Lewes Public Library for an interactive online presentation by Michael John Neill's.  This was the first presentation using GoToMeeting software.  Several out-of-state participants were also able to view the presentation.
Michael supplies us with the Genealogy Tip of The Day.  To find out more about Michael please visit his Genealogy Tip of the Day website or contact him through his interactive blog, Rootdig 

Our October Monthly Meeting

Our General Monthly Meeting was held Saturday October 27th at the Lewes Public Library.  This as the first of our interactive presentations using Skype.  We started the meeting at 10AM with a brief Board Meeting and then our guest speaker Cari Taplin, CG presented "Using Timelines & Tables to Analyze Your Records".  This was a very informative presentation noting the importance in using timelines to help in your research.  We wrapped up the meeting with our committee leads discussing current programs and future plans, including our 15th Year Celebration being held next May. 
To find out more about Cari please visit her website

To All S.C.G.S Members, Past & Present
On September 15th at our General Meeting we kicked off our new schedule of meetings and presentations and elected our new Board of Directors.  They are:
President:                           Alan D. Lowe
Vice President:                  Virginia Craciun
Secretary:                          Joan Sundstrom
Treasurer:                          Carol Hedlund
Past President:                  Nancy Purchase
Committee Chairpersons:
Education:                          Marilyn McMahon
Speakers Bureau:              Virginia Catley
Membership:                      Iris Fisher
Webmaster:                       Alan Lowe
Programs:                          Virginia Craciun
Audit:                                 James Blakeslee
Public Relations:                Diann Sherwin
Information Czar:               Tom Dempsey
Our 2017-2018 Calendar of presentations was one of our best yet.  In a continuing effort to bring you even more focused Genealogy, our Board has elected to schedule specialists via active and interactive presentations, using the internet with Skype and GoToMeeting forums.  This way we’ll be able to enlist speakers who would normally not be able to travel to the Lewes Public Library and also potentially include our out-of-area members.  This will be a test year for this type of presentation and hopefully provide alternatives for future years.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to those planned dates.                                
Our first presentation on September 15th was from Jeanne Zimmerman, of the Family History Center, a Delaware Branch of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She spoke on resources available at the Family History Center in Dover and at  This meeting was extremely interesting and very well attended.
Our future presentations at the Lewes Public Library are:
October 27, 2018 – Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze your Data
November 17, 2018 – Newspaper Research
December 15, 2018 – We are Family!  A Holiday Celebration!
January 19, 2019 – Delaware Public Archives, Resources and Tips
February 16, 2019 – Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known
March 16, 2019 – Breaking Down Brick Walls
April 20, 2019 – DelDot:  Session to be announced shortly
May 18, 2019 – Happy 15th Anniversary Celebration             
We appreciate all that you’ve contributed to our Society over the past many years and look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and discussion groups. 
Connect with us online at or
Best Wishes,
Alan D. Lowe, President

Sussex County Genealogical Society

Wants to Know .. What YOU
Would like to see and hear about at our Genie Bytes and Monthly Meetings.
We have several great speakers lined up for our meetings and are looking for suggestions.
Genie Bytes looks to enhance your search capabilities and discuss not only technical issues but aid in your research.
Let us know .. OK?   Send your suggestions to!

Tip of the Day by Michael John Neill
Want Great tips on Genealogy Research?

December 12
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning. 
December 15
We are Family!
Please Join Us to Celebrate another year of Genealogy!  Share your "funny" stories, recent finds and stumbling blocks.
December 19
Roots Magic Software Support Group
During this session we will cover: Topics: Publisher
December 20
Technology for Research
Address:  11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD. 21811 Phone:  (410) 208-4014   What recent technology is available for use in finding records and missing relatives?  Tablets, scanners, apps, Facebook and more ...  
January 5
Genealogist in Residence
Bring us your Genealogy questions.  The museum is next to the Lewes Public Llbrary on Adams Ave.
January 9
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning. 
January 17
Solving Research Dilemmas
Address:  11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD. 21811 Phone:  (410) 208-4014   Solving research dilemmas.  How to get past a brick wall.  Finding relatives who did not want to be discovered..  Find women with their maiden name.
January 19
Thomas Summers - Delaware Public Archives
Please Join Us to hear Tom speak on the Delaware Public Archives Resources and Tips.Tom is the Manager, Outreach Services/Public Services for the Archives. 
February 2
Genealogist in Residence
Bring us your Genealogy questions.  The museum is next to the Lewes Public Llbrary on Adams Ave.
February 13
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning.