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
Come to a place where we do both!

Our October Monthly Meeting

Our General Monthly Meeting was held Saturday October 27th at the Lewes Public Library.  This as the first of our interactive presentations using Skype.  We started the meeting at 10AM with a brief Board Meeting and then our guest speaker Cari Taplin, CG presented "Using Timelines & Tables to Analyze Your Records".  This was a very informative presentation noting the importance in using timelines to help in your research.  We wrapped up the meeting with our committee leads discussing current programs and future plans, including our 15th Year Celebration being held next May. 
To find out more about Cari please visit her website

A Look Back at 1968 ..
 On Saturday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. the Delaware Public Archives will host a program focusing on the year 1968. While the Archives presented a program earlier in the year about the life and death of Martin Luther King, Jr., this special, expanded program will take a closer look at other major events in the pivotal year of 1968. The first part of this program, presented by historian Dan Pritchett, will focus on the life and death of Robert Kennedy. In the second half of the program, the focus will turn to the Tet Offensive. Dave Skocik will present the history of the Vietnam War up until 1968 and Lew Miller will share his memories as a new soldier in Vietnam when the Tet Offensive took place. The highlight of the Tet Offensive segment will feature former Delaware Secretary of State Ed Freel sitting down to talk with award winning journalist Mark Bowden about the impact of the 1968 Tet Offensive on the Vietnam War.  Bowden is the author of Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down). Please note the afternoon start time for this program.
The program is free to the public and will last approximately three hours.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail
Funding assistance for this program has been provided by the Friends of the Delaware Public Archives.

To All S.C.G.S Members, Past & Present
On September 15th at our General Meeting we kicked off our new schedule of meetings and presentations and elected our new Board of Directors.  They are:
President:                           Alan D. Lowe
Vice President:                  Virginia Craciun
Secretary:                          Joan Sundstrom
Treasurer:                          Carol Hedlund
Past President:                  Nancy Purchase
Committee Chairpersons:
Education:                          Marilyn McMahon
Speakers Bureau:              Virginia Catley
Membership:                      Iris Fisher
Webmaster:                       Alan Lowe
Programs:                          Virginia Craciun
Audit:                                 James Blakeslee
Public Relations:                Diann Sherwin
Information Czar:               Tom Dempsey
Our 2017-2018 Calendar of presentations was one of our best yet.  In a continuing effort to bring you even more focused Genealogy, our Board has elected to schedule specialists via active and interactive presentations, using the internet with Skype and GoToMeeting forums.  This way we’ll be able to enlist speakers who would normally not be able to travel to the Lewes Public Library and also potentially include our out-of-area members.  This will be a test year for this type of presentation and hopefully provide alternatives for future years.  More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to those planned dates.                                
Our first presentation on September 15th was from Jeanne Zimmerman, of the Family History Center, a Delaware Branch of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She spoke on resources available at the Family History Center in Dover and at  This meeting was extremely interesting and very well attended.
Our future presentations at the Lewes Public Library are:
October 27, 2018 – Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze your Data
November 17, 2018 – Newspaper Research
December 15, 2018 – We are Family!  A Holiday Celebration!
January 19, 2019 – Delaware Public Archives, Resources and Tips
February 16, 2019 – Finding Women: Maiden Name Not Known
March 16, 2019 – Breaking Down Brick Walls
April 20, 2019 – DelDot:  Session to be announced shortly
May 18, 2019 – Happy 15th Anniversary Celebration             
We appreciate all that you’ve contributed to our Society over the past many years and look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings and discussion groups. 
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Best Wishes,
Alan D. Lowe, President

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?

November 17
Newspaper Research
Please Join Us for Michael John Neill's interactive webinar.  Michael's link provides our Genealogy Tip of the Day and he also has an interactive blog, Rootdig    ...
November 19
DNA Testing & Genetic Genealogy
We will be using the Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger and will cover 2-3 chapters each week. It's available from Amazon, Kindle and from    This session covers Part 3, ...
November 20
Roots Magic Software Support Group
During this session we will cover: Topics: Photos: Editing, Scrapbook, Photo Tree
November 27
US Census Records
Address:  11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD. 21811 Phone:  (410) 208-4014   What information can we find in the US Census records?
December 1
Genealogist in Residence
Bring us your Genealogy questions.  The museum is next to the Lewes Public Llbrary on Adams Ave.
December 6
Genie Bytes
We'll explore using charts and graphs in organizing and analyzing the results of our genealogical research.  We'll look at Excel and Word, and any other formats that folks want to suggest.  We're asking people to be ready to offer any ...
December 12
Board Meeting
Board/Committee Reporting and Planning. 
December 15
We are Family!
Please Join Us to Celebrate another year of Genealogy!  Share your "funny" stories, recent finds and stumbling blocks.
December 20
Technology for Research
Address:  11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD. 21811 Phone:  (410) 208-4014   What recent technology is available for use in finding records and missing relatives?  Tablets, scanners, apps, Facebook and more ...  
January 6
Genealogist in Residence
Bring us your Genealogy questions.  The museum is next to the Lewes Public Llbrary on Adams Ave.