Welcome

Welcome to the Delaware Genealogical Society (DGS), a place for all genealogists to meet and share their knowledge and experiences. 

We endeavor to be the primary source of information about Delaware families, as well as a trusted provider of genealogical education and assistance. We offer seminars regularly, a periodic newsletter, and this website, which contains general Delaware guidance for all and Delaware-specific content for members only.

Feel free to explore our website

State of Delaware flag

Wrought with a Careful Hand”: Delaware Schoolgirl Samplers,
presented by Cynthia Steinhoff, Director of the Library at Anne Arundel Community College
Saturday, January 2023, at 10:00 am Eastern.

Maryland with the Delaware Counties and Southern New Jersey from London Magazine,
by Thomas Kitchen, London, 1757.
Courtesy of Delaware Historical Society.

Henry Hudson first landed in Lewes,
"Half Moon" Discovery of the Hudson River 1609.
Post Card Collection, Delaware Public Archives.

Migration Trails Across America,
Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS, author of Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia,
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 10:00 am Eastern.

Cpl. William E Oliver, Co. K, 32nd USCT,
cover,  African American Civil War Veterans:
Delaware Directory
, 2022.
Compiled by Kenneth J. Finlayson,
Delaware Genealogical Society.
Available at delgensoc.org

Image of Research Guide

Delaware Genealogical Research Guide,
book cover, 2020. Delaware Genealogical Society.
Available at Amazon.com.

Using Civil War Records to Develop an Ancestor Historical Narrative,
Ken Finlayson, President, Delaware Genealogical Society,
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 10:00 am Eastern.

Court House Museum, built as the statehouse for Pennsylvania's three "lower counties" in New Castle in what is now Delaware, 2018.
Carol M. Highsmith, photographer.
Library of Congress.

Mill on the Brandywine, Delaware, ca. 1828.
J. R. Smith & Marian S. Carson Collection,
Library of Congress.

Beginning Your Genealogy Journey,
Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC,
Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10:00 am Eastern.

Delaware Families 1787-1800,
book jacket, 2013. Delaware Genealogical Society.
Available at Amazon.com.

Delaware's forgotten folk; The Story of the Moors & Nanticokes,
book jacket, 1943.
New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Navigating the National Archives,
Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Speaker, and fellow of the National Genealogical Society,
Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10:00 am Eastern.

Delaware History Museum, photograph.
Courtesy of Delaware Historical Society.

Winterthur Museum and Library, 2022,
photograph.

Dolles Taffy sign, 2018.
Carol M. Highsmith, photographer.
Library of Congress.

A chart of Delaware Bay and River: from the original,
by Joshua Fisher, 1776.
Library of Congress.


Research

In the Reference Center, you’ll find Delaware-specific indexes, records, and guidance to help further your research, including:

Events

During the 2022-23 year, all of our programs are free Zoom webinars. A range of topics will be covered, and each will include Delaware-specific stories and resources. Speakers range from local favorites to well-known national-level presenters. We hope to see you! Click here for the Calendar of Events to see what’s coming next.

Membership

For low annual membership dues, members receive the First State Genealogist newsletter (see a sample here), and have access to the entire online edition of the Delaware Genealogical Resource Guide. Also included is the DGS Member Library with Member Meeting Materials, DGS Journal Archive, DGS Newsletter Archive, and Chandler Funeral Home records. Learn more at Join/Renew.

 

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