Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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SCGS is a member of the Friends of the Delaware Archives
SCGS is a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies
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!

A Great Day for SCGS!

Sussex County Genealogical Society invites YOU to
Join Us for our 15th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday May 18, 2019
Lewes DE Public Library
10 am til 1 pm
We celebrated our 15th Anniversary and elected our Officers for 2019-20.  Craig R. Scott, President and CEO Heritage Books, gave a fanstastic response to some interesting questions and was gracious enough to extend live webinar for an additional 1/2 hour.  He would have kept going as he was having a great time pondering answers.  We will definitely consider Craig for future presentations!  Refreshments were plentiful and delicious!  There were over 40 members attending, several members conntecting remotely and many visitors. 
DOOR PRIZES were Generously Provided by Ancestry, MyHeritage & RootsMagic Include:
RootsMagic 7 Family Tree Software, Windows Version and
Official RootsMagic 7 Guidebook.
MyHeritage DNA kit.
MyHeritage One Year Complete Plan, Full Access. Semi-Annual World Explorer Membership.
Annual Subscription.
Annual  Basic Subscription.
This was FREE of CHARGE and Open to the Public!  


Our April General Meeting

All Aboard: A history of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad
Alexandra Tarantino, Architectural Historian from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) presented and was well received.  DelDot has been engaged in a project to convert the former Junction and Breakwater Railroad corridor into a multi-use path for both pedestrians and cyclists. In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, DelDOT completed an evaluation of the railroad and found that it demonstrated both local and regional significance, playing an important part in the development of local towns such as Nassau, Lewes, and Rehoboth. The presentation explored the history of the Junction and Breakwater Railroad, including its relationship to local agriculture, Fort Miles, and tourism to Delaware’s Beaches in the late 19th and early-20th centuries.  

2019 Spring Discussion Group

Spring Discussion Group at Rehoboth Public Library will begin at noon on Monday April 15 and run for 6 successive Mondays through May 20, so we will be finished before Parking Meter Season begins.  We will be looking at Research Like a Pro: a Genealogist’s Guide, by Diane Elder, AG, with Nicole Dyer.  The book is available in an electronic version as well as in paperback.  You are encouraged to have a genealogical problem or objective in mind before we begin, so, as we work through the book, you can apply the principles to your problem.  Feel free to bring a bag lunch to Discussion Group.
04/15 – Forward, Introduction, How to Use This Book (pgs.1-10) & Appendix A : Templates (pgs. 91-106) Total of 26 pages
04/22 – Chapters 1, 2, 3 (pgs. 11-44) Total of 33 pages
04/29 – Chapters 4, 5, 6 (pgs. 45 – 74)  Total of 25 pages
05/06 – Chapters 7, 8 (pgs. 75 – 90) & the first section of Appendix B: Work Samples  (re. George W. Dillard) (pgs. 107-180)  Total of 88 pages – Don’t panic!  There’s a lot of white space on those pages, copies of census reports, lists, photographs, footnotes, etc.
05/13 – The rest of Appendix B: Work Samples #2 & 3  (pgs 181-232) Total of 51 pages
05/20 – Sharing the results of applying the Researching Like a Pro model to our own research problems and objectives.

Our March General Meeting

George G. Morgan presented Getting Past Brick Walls using "GoToMeeting" interactive video software.  George is President of Aha! Seminars and is based in Florida.  We had a great turnout and 3 new memberships joined! 
The presentation focused on the research impasses that are inevitable in genealogical research and do not, however, have to be permanent stoppers. There are a number of methods and proven strategies that can be employed to get past stubborn brick walls.  This seminar was based on the best-selling book,  Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, by George G. Morgan and Drew Smith. 
For more on George G. Morgan please visit him online for podcasts at or

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?

May 21
Open Forum
Address:  11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD. 21811 Phone:  (410) 208-4014  
May 28
Roots Magic Software Support Group
Open discussion