Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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and finding friends.
                                                                   Lawrence Dillard
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GENEALOGIST IN RESIDENCE
 
Sponsored by the Lewes Historical Society and the Sussex County Genealogical Society, the Genealogist in Residence program is returning on the first Saturday of the Month, starting May 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Reading Room at The Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE.
 
Members of the Sussex County Genealogical Society will be available to help anyone who has questions about their family tree.  The members, who are seasoned searchers, come from different areas and can help, no matter where your family came from.  The Lewes Historical Society Archives Family Files will be available for research.
 


Program Announcement

Here's the list of programs that are currently planned:
                          
May 21 2022 - Michael L. Strauss - "Researching Your Civil War Ancestor"
SEP 17 2022 - Jordan Landes - "Researching Friends Historical Library"
(at Swathmore College) Quaker Records both Online and In Person"
OCT 15 2022 - James Deibler - "Researching German Ancestry Online"
NOV 19 2022 - Lisa Cooke - "Get the Scoop on Your Ancestor from Newspapers"
JAN 21 2023 - Aaron Horner - "NABB Center Holdings - Local & Other"
 


Discussion Group w/ Marilyn McMahon

Hand in Hand – Research and Writing
A Monthly Endeavor
 
I had wanted to start this in January, but I just didn’t get my act together in time, so we will begin in February.  Our Fall 2021 Discussion Group, which was also late, was based on this project.  Each week we had a theme or topic and the participant researched that aspect of one of their ancestor’s or extended family member’s life.  Using what had been learned from the research, a short (up to 500 words) vignette was written about that family member, including details of the research. The vignette was emailed “Reply All” to all the participants before the assigned day.  On the meeting day, we all met via Zoom.  I called up each vignette and we discussed it. Some wonderful writing and interesting stories were shared.  The group wanted to keep going, but monthly instead of weekly. So, here we are. 
 
We will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Diann Sherwin will send out your Zoom invitations.  Just let her know that you want to participate by emailing  dmsherwin@me.com.  Don’t fret if you cannot make it every month; join us when you can, even if you haven’t written anything. 
 
Here are our monthly topics.  Remember to pick something that you don’t already know.  The point is to research, then write about it.
 
Feb – a historic event (Where was your ancestor on D-Day?  How was your family affected by the stock market crash/the Great Depression? Anybody affected by the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, the California Gold Rush, the Johnstown flood?  Etc.)
 
Mar – provenance  (Tracing the ownership of a valuable [even if only to you] object. Who owned it, when, where, why, how?)
 
Apr – a church, religious group, or denomination (It could be a building, a small group of people, or a whole denomination that was important to your family member, but you don’t know much about.)
 
May – family splits/adoptions /blended families  (We think of divorce as a fairly recent phenomenon, but family break-ups are not all that new, whether following the legal process or not.  If you can’t find one of those, how about an adoption, either into or out of your family, or a household of step- or half-siblings?)
 
Jun – disease or cause of death  (Death certificates can contain some mystifying information.  Dig into that medical dictionary and find out what really killed great uncle Elmer.)
 
Jul – vacations or travel for pleasure  (Even in our pre-history, Native Americans went to the beach for the summer.  Where might your ancestors have gone, whether for a day’s outing or an extended vacation?  It could be to an event [fair, rodeo, etc], a location [Niagra Falls, Atlantic City, etc.], or just a favorite picnic spot. What means of transportation did they use to get there?)
 
In July, we will decide whether we want to continue.
 

 

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 Webmaster@SCGSDelaware.org
 


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April 15
Slate of officers Vote will take place May 21st, 2022
Mike Maher as Vice President has one year left. Carolyn Davis as Secretary has one year left. Kathi Colman as Treasurer has two years left. Virginia Catley has agreed to run for President.
May 21
SCGS General Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom a couple days prior to the event. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link ...
September 17
SCGS General Monthly Meeting (Zoom)
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom a couple days prior to the event. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link ...
October 15
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no ...
November 19
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no ...
January 21
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no ...
February 18
SCGS General Meeting
All members are encouraged to attend and participate. Current members will automatically be sent a link to join the meetings via Zoom. Non-members are welcome to attend and may request an invitation link by sending an email to: programs@scgsdelaware.org no ...