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.

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State of Delaware flag

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

Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Bargains:
Delaware Escape Room.
DGS program on 22 January 2022.

Wilmington, Delaware: Three Centuries under Four Flags, book jacket, 1937.
New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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

Colonel Haslet's Troops Leaving Dover Green,
by Stanley Arthur.
Delaware Division of Historical Cultural Affairs.

Amy Johnson Crow, Modern Genealogy Made Easy:
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records.
DGS Program on 26 February 2022.

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

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

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.

Mike Miscoski, DGS President:
Almshouses, Orphanages, and Reform Schools
DGS Program 26 March 2022.

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

Image of Research Guide

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

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

Pam Vestal, Generations Genealogy:
Tracking Down Your Eastern European Ancestors.
DGS Program on 23 April 2022.

Delaware Public Archives, photograph.
Delaware Public Archives.

Winterthur Museum and Library, 2022,

Delaware breakwater light,
cigarette card, Lighthouse series.
New York Public Library Digital Collections.

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

Reese Robinson, past DGS VP and board member:
Newspapers for Genealogy Research.
DGS Program 21 May 2022.

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

Delaware River Suspension Bridge,
cigarette card, Famous bridges collection.
New York Public Library Digital Collections.


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


During the 2021-22 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.


For low annual membership dues, members receive the First State Genealogist newsletter, 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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