Sussex County Genealogical Society - Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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The best part about genealogy
is searching for ancestors
and finding friends.
                                                                   Lawrence Dillard
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2019 - 2020 General Meeting Program List has been moved to the Calendar of Events


Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware
From the opera house and movie palace to the modern multiplex, the big screen in Delaware is more than a century old. On Saturday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. the Delaware Public Archives will celebrate the cinematic history of Delaware's movie theaters with a special program presented by author Michael Nazarewycz.  The speaker will be discussing his recently published book, titled Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware. The author will recount several Delaware connections such as when Hollywood legend Cary Grant visited the Playhouse in 1955, fondly recalling his days on its stage as a child actor. Clint Eastwood came to Wilmington for a secret test screening of his film The Gauntlet at the Branmar Cinema. The groundbreaking history of Star Wars included a Delaware theater showing that was one of only forty-five in the United States to open the film.
Michael J. Nazarewycz has written for numerous online outlets, most recently the indie film site In 2014, he founded the MOT Film Society, where he has brought classic films to the big screens of Middletown, Delaware, to help raise money for charity. He is married with two daughters.
The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.  No reservations are required  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail
The Delaware Public Archives is one of the oldest public archives programs in the United States. DPA serves the citizens of Delaware by identifying, collecting, and preserving public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensuring access to public records for present and future generations; and advising and educating interested parties in the creation, management, use, and preservation of public records.

Ancestry & You: Italian-American Heritage Program Kick-Off
October 15, 2019, Lewes Library, 3:30-5PM
Join us to celebrate growing-up Italian and to share the results of initial planning for a new and innovative Italian-American heritage association that:
1. brings Italian-Americans together to learn about and celebrate their heritage;
2. identifies and coordinates with existing Italian-American heritage groups/clubs to avoid duplication and deliver quality initiatives that can reach and attract a broader audience, and
3. works collaboratively with members to build and sustain the group.
Jo-Ann Vega, Lynn Lombardo, Francesca Carbone, and Marlene Evans planned the kick-off. We heard you*, share your interests, and need your help to determine if the Italian-American community will share skills, resources, and support a new organization.
Bring a photo, recipe, or memorabilia that reminds you of growing up Italian to share and exhibit during the kick-off. Light refreshments will be served.
Pre-registration is recommended so we may plan for refreshments.
Please save the date and send an email with your name, phone number, and number of attendees to:
For more information contact Jo-Ann Vega

Sussex County Genealogical Society

LWants 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?

September 21
An Introduction to the Court House
Michael John Neill Presents via live, interactive webinar. 
September 24
Roots Magic Software Support Group
Open discussion 
October 3
Genie Bytes
Tom Demspsey presents Exploring some of the Family Tree Magazine 101 best websites   Some of us will have lunch at the Miltonian Pizzeria about noon.
October 19
Armchair Mysteries Solved at Home
Patti Gillespie presents Armchair Mysteries solved at home with school communication and new school technoligy.  Live, interactive webinar.
October 22
Roots Magic Software Support Group
Open discussion 
November 13
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning. 
November 16
Backing Up your Genealogy Data
Thomas McEntee presents via live, interactive webinar.
November 26
Roots Magic Software Support Group
Open discussion 
December 21
We Are Family
SCGS members share stories.
January 18
Time Travel With Google Earth
Lisa Louise Cooke presents via live, interactive webinar.