Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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Wednesday, August 17
Roots Magic Special Interest Group  (Calendar of Events)
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Zoom meeting
All are welcome to join our monthly meetings and share their experiences using the Roots magic software. Most users have moved to Roots Magic 8 but some are still using version 7. Members use either Windows or Mac versions of the software. If you would like to join the monthly meeting and also participate in our group email exchanges please send a request to:
Please Note: The link for the Zoom meeting is usually sent the day before the meeting.

Saturday, September 17 through Saturday, September 17
SCGS General Monthly Meeting (Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom Meeting
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 by sending an email to: no later than September 15th.
Topic: "Researching Friends Historical Library (at Swathmore College) Quaker Records both Online and In Person" by Jordan Landes


Friends Historical Library (FHL) on Swarthmore College’s campus was established in 1871 to collect, preserve, and make available archival, manuscript, printed, and visual records concerning the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from their origins mid-seventeenth century to the present. The collection reflects the Quaker origins of Swarthmore College.  With more than 45,000 books, pamphlets and serials, 60,000 photographs, 400 major manuscript collections, and 9,000 volumes of original meeting records, Friends Historical Library is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history. The Swarthmore Historical Society’s collections were deposited in Friends Historical Library in 1996.  The Library also maintains SHS’s archived Swarthmorean newspapers located here.

Jordan Landes became curator of the Friends Historical Library on March 11, 2019. Jordan previously was from the Senate House Library, the central library of the University of London where she was a Research Librarian for History.  A true exemplar of the value of a liberal arts education, Jordan has worked in libraries whose foci are literature and theater (Shakespeare’s Globe), contemporary dance (the Laban Library) and computer science (University of Maryland, College Park).

Jordan is an alumna of Haverford and in addition to her Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland; she has degrees in History from the University of Maryland (M.A.) and from the School of Advanced Study at the University of London (PhD).  Jordan has focused her studies in Quaker history.  Her doctoral thesis on the role of London in the creation of the trans-Atlantic Quaker community in the late 17th and early 18th centuries served as the basis for her book, London Quakers in the Trans-Atlantic World: The Creation of an Early Modern Community; it was published by Palgrave in 2015. 


Saturday, October 15
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am
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: no later than October 12th.
Topic: "German Research Online" by James Beidler
Searching for German-speaking ancestors is undergoing a paradigm shift in which the resources of Ancestry, FamilySearch and European-based are all major players and German church records are being digitized. Learn about the many websites that can help you break down brick walls and find the villages of origin for your ancestors!
James M. Beidler
James M. Beidler is the author of The Family Tree Historical Newspapers Guide and The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide as well as writes Roots & Branches, an award-winning weekly newspaper column on genealogy. He is also a columnist for German Life magazine and is editor of Der Kurier, the quarterly journal of the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He is now an editor at Legacy Tree Genealogists, Inc.

He was the President of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors from 2010 to 2012, and is the former Executive Director for the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. He served as national co-chairman for the 2008 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Philadelphia.

Beidler is also frequent contributor to other periodicals ranging from scholarly journals such as The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine to popular-interest magazines such as Ancestry Magazine and Family Tree Magazine. He also wrote the chapter on genealogy for Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth, published jointly by the Penn State Press and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

As a lecturer, he was a part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s acclaimed Commonwealth Speakers program from 2002 to 2009, and has been a presenter at numerous conferences. In addition to being a member of numerous genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, Beidler also sits on Pennsylvania’s State Historic Records Advisory Boardas well as the selection committee for the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Project.

He is an Enrolled Agent tax preparer and owner of James M. Beidler Tax Concierge LLC and previously was a copy editor for 15 years for The Patriot-Newsnewspaper in Harrisburg, PA.

Beidler was born in Reading, PA, and raised in nearby Berks County, where he currently resides. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, with a BA in Political Science in 1982.

Saturday, November 19 through Saturday, November 19
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom 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: no later than November 15th.
Topic: "Get the Scoop on Your Ancestor from Newpapers" by Lisa Louise Cooke Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems Family History Podcast
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach that is required to achieve success in locating the news on your ancestors.  Includes 3 Cool Tech Tools that will get you started.
Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3rd edition. She produces and hosts the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, and the free weekly YouTube show Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. She offers a Premium Membership service at her website ( ) featuring exclusive on-demand genealogy education. And she writes a regular column for Family Tree Magazine and produces the Family Tree Magazine Podcast.

Lisa found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of 8. She is now the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company founded in 2007.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, on your smartphone’s native podcast app, and through the Genealogy Gems app available through app stores. Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and has been downloaded nearly 4 million times. She also produces the weekly genealogy YouTube live show Elevenses with Lisa at the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel

Lisa’s offerings are not limited to online.  She is a sought after international genealogy speakerWhether in person or online, Lisa strives to dig through the myriad of genealogy news, questions and resources to deliver the gems that can unlock each genealogist’s own family history treasure trove!

Family is not just a priority professionally. Lisa is a doting wife to Bill, the proud mom of three daughters, and has added the role of Grandma to her resume.  She counts her blessings every day for the love, fulfillment and laughter that family brings to every aspect of her life.

Saturday, January 21, 2023 through Saturday, January 21, 2023
SCGS General Meeting (Zoom)  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Zoom 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: no later than November 17th.
Topic: "Researching at Nabb Center: Holdings of Local Materials & Other Areas " by Aaron Horner


The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University is a humanities research laboratory for university students that also fulfills the historical resource needs of a variety of community researchers. Founded in 1982, it was endowed in 1998 by Edward H. Nabb, an attorney and philanthropist from Cambridge, Maryland and renamed in his honor.

Family and local researchers frequent the Nabb Research Center for its wealth of information on family and cultural history. Distinctive photograph and artifact collections bring the Eastern Shore of the past 150 years to life, offering insight into its traditions and heritage. Public presentations on historical topics, educational seminars and exhibits showcase the Shore’s rich history and culture.

Our non-circulating library contains books, serials, archival and artifact collections relating to United States history, the greater Chesapeake region and the Delmarva Peninsula. Our extensive primary and secondary regional archival collection contains family histories, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, ledgers, diaries, local business and organizational records, maps, newspapers, land surveys, oral histories and rare books. Included in our microfilm collection are governmental and church records pertaining mainly to Somerset, Worcester, Dorchester and Wicomico counties in Maryland; Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia; and Sussex County in Delaware. Archaeological materials, furniture, vintage clothing and coverlets, household items, tools, and military memorabilia comprise a portion of our artifact collection and are used for classroom instruction and exhibits. One of our best resources is the specialized expertise of the Nabb Research Center staff.


Saturday, February 18, 2023 through Saturday, February 18, 2023
SCGS General Meeting  (Calendar of Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Lewes Library/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: no later than February 15th.
Topic: "Using Genealogy Newsletters for Research" by Suzan Bates
PERSI and AGBI are two finding aids for location information in History Centers’ and/or Genealogical Societies’ newsletters. Transcriptions, including civil records, family bible pages, and tombstones are just some of the sources embedded in these newsletters, a mainstay of genealogy research before computers. How do you access these newsletters?
Suz Bates has brought her expertise in genealogy to the public, spreading her enthusiasm for
family history research to everyone during her workshops and presentations as well as with her
private clients and small group consultations. She has been a family history researcher for over
45 years and a private consultant for 30 years. For upcoming events or to book a consultation,
contact Suz at or by phone at 630-923-6642.
Having begun her genealogy interests in the early 1970’s, before computers, Suz spent many
hours at the Newberry Library with a special admittance pass. She learned the traditional
research methods from many kindly old gentlemen and ladies holed away doing family research
before it was popular. Skills expanded with needs to typing letters to village offices, location
visits, walking cemeteries, rubbing tombstones as well as researching in courthouses, vaults, and
old schoolhouses. Many genealogy classes, workshops and private lessons continue to build
researching skills, technology and presentation skills needed for genealogy.
After college, where Suz earned a B.A. in Modern Foreign Language with a minor in History
and an M.S. in education, her career in education was just as long and varied. She taught both
adults and children in various educational settings, public and private, including elementary,
middle school and university classrooms as well as conference and lecture halls. All the while,
genealogy continued to fill her hours with research, location visits, indexing, transcribing, and
digitalizing, along with attending many conferences while working on her own and friends’
family histories and ultimately private clients.
Suz takes these teaching and lecturing skills, combined with her extensive genealogical research
experience, into her genealogy career of speaking, researching, and consulting in an easily
understood manner with enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge. Suz has been a member of
various genealogy and history associations including the National Genealogical Society, the New
England Historic Genealogical Society, and the NSDAR with local membership in the Du Page
County Genealogical Society, the Fox Valley Genealogical Society, and CAGGNI She is listed
in the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Genealogy and Local History Librarians.