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 Sussex County Genealogy Society (SCGS) is committed to promoting family research. As part of our mission various members facilitate ongoing discussion groups and special interest groups. Our groups are open to anyone interested in genealogy and you do not need to be a member of SCGS to participate. Of course we would be delighted if after attending some of our groups you decide to become a member. Our annual dues are $20 for an individual or $25 for a household of two or more individuals. Dues are used to support the activities of the organization, primarily our educational and outreach activities.
Current Groups:
Using computers in Family Research "Genie Bytes" explores a wide range of topics that cover technology issues: past topics have included Family Tree Maker, editing video files, Cloud backups. Members suggest topics Milton Public Library, 121 Union Street, Milton, DE 19968  from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on the 1st  Thursday of the month Marilyn McMahon, email address: or  Library phone: (302) 684-8856 You’re welcome to bring your laptops or tablets. Internet access available through library
Open group for assistance with your family research “Genealogy Assistance”. A drop in group for those conducting family research and have now reached a “road block “.Bring your questions! Ocean Pines Public Library, 11107 Cathell Road, Ocean Pines, MD from 10:30 AM to Noon on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Tom Dempsey, email address: or
Library phone: 410-208-4014
Tom Dempsey, an experienced genealogist, is available for individual consultation during this 1 1/2 hour time period. Please drop in with your questions and challenges.
Open discussion group. Self-help model Discussion group touching upon any aspect of family research. Topics brought up by participants Selbyville Public Library, 11 Main and McCabe Street, Selbyville, DE 19975 from 10:30 to noon on the 1st Friday of the month
Peggy Fisher, email address: or
Library phone: 302-436-8195
Open discussion group. Self-help model Discussion group touching upon any aspect of family research. Topics brought up by participants. Bridgeville Public Library, 505 McMillen Street, Bridgeville, DE 15017 from 10:30 AM to Noon on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Alice Min, email address:
Library phone: 412- 221-3737
Monthly membership meetings and Educational Programs Brief business meeting followed by a program of interest to genealogists. Non-members welcomed! Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Road, Lewes, DE from 10:30 to Noon on the 3rd Saturday of the month from September through May
Diann Sherwin, Past President, email address: or
Library phone: 302 227-8044
2016 Writer's Group
Personal Writing Project
A writing in six sections that documents your background, life, and times
Feel free to include pictures.
(These are guideline suggestions/questions.  Adapt as appropriate.)
This is a 6 session series.
May - December 2016
Ocean Grill at 32564 Long Neck Road Millsboro, DE 19966.  Long Neck Road runs between Route 24 and Indian River Bay (about 1/2 way between Routes 113 and 1).  Sessions run from noon until 2:00 PM generally on the 3rd Friday of each month, except Thursday May 19th.  There are no sessions in August or September.
Marilyn McMahon
email address:
Session 1: 5/19 - Family Background - Beginning with your grandparents,  tell a little about their background and how they came to be where they were when your parents were born.  Moving on to your parents, what were their lives like?  What was going on in the world, country, neighborhood when they were growing up? Tell about their educations, economic situations, health issues, siblings, home life.  How did they meet? When and where did they marry? When and where were you born?  Siblings?
Session 2: 6/17 - Early Years – Tell about the first five or six years of your life, before you started school. Where did you live? Describe the town and the house/apartment.  What kinds of businesses or industries were there?  What did your parents do for a living?  What interactions did you have with family members?   Tell about your pets or favorite toys.  Where did you play?  Any church or Sunday School memories? 
Session 3: 7/15 - Starting School – Where did you go to elementary school?  Who were your teachers?  What were your favorite classes?  Who were your friends?  What were your early impressions of school?  Recall any incidents that occurred during your elementary years that stand out to you.  What did you do during the summers, when you weren’t in school?  Relate any significant changes in your life during this time – birth of a sibling, death of a grandparent, a move, etc.
Session 4: 10/21 - High School – Where did you go to high school?  What were your high school colors, mascot, etc.?  In what activities/sports did you participate?  Who were your best friends?  Who were your favorite teachers?  Favorite classes?   What was going on in the world, nation, neighborhood at this time?  What did you do in the summers?  Did you have a job? A car?  A boy/girl friend?  Where did you go on dates?  Favorite out-of-school activities, groups, hobbies? Recall any memories of special events – the big game, the prom, school play, class trip, graduation.  Relate any significant changes in your life during these years.
Session 5: 11/18 - Post High School Years – Tell about the four or five years after high school.  Did you go to college, trade school, service, work, get married?  Where did you live?  Still with your parents or somewhere else?  If a new location, tell about it – the town and the school/work place, living quarters.  Tell about your friends and family during this time.  What was going on in the world, nation, neighborhood?  Special events – graduation, wedding, travel, birth of children, death in the family, etc. – when and where? 
Session 6: 12/16 - The Years Since – Encapsulate your life from those early, post-high school years till now.  Where have you lived?  What have you worked at?  What was good about your job/career? Not good? Tell about the changes in your family. Favorite groups, activities, hobbies?  Vacations, travels? Where are you now?  What is important to you now?  What have you learned?
With any sort of luck, this could make a nice Christmas gift for friends or family members.  If you want to include pictures but don’t know how to do that, be sure to ask. 
Previous Discussion Groups:
The Civil War
This is a 6 part series.
Rehoboth Beach Public Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 from Noon to 2:00 PM on Mondays: Oct. 5, 19 and 26, and November 2, 9 and 16
Marilyn McMahon, email address:
Tom Dempsey, email address:
Library phone: 302 227-8044
Part 1: 10/5 - Presented by Tom Dempsey includes what he has learned about his Civil War ancestors and resources that may be useful in your research.
Part 2: 10/19 - Presented by Marilyn McMahon: Do you have Civil War ancestors? What do you need to know about their service history? What information do you need and where can you find it?
Part 3: 10/26 - Presented by Marilyn McMahon: What do you need to know to do successful research at the National Archives, repository of Civil War pension applications and related records?
Part 4: 11/2 - Presented by Marilyn McMahon: Session is devoted to providing each person with as much information as possible about their Civil War ancestors, primarily from Fold3 and other noted resources.
Part 5: 11/9 - Field trip to National Archives in Washington D.C.
Part 6: 11/16 - Sharing what we have found at the National Archives, suggestions, hints, tips and celebrations.