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Research

The DGS focus is genealogy research in the state of Delaware and some of the bordering states. We can help you via our website with links to sites that may assist in your research. Free research days held once each month on the third Saturday at the DHS are staffed by our volunteers. We publish books, journals and a bi-monthy newsletter that contains valuable genealogy information. And we staff projects to produce publications like the Delaware Families 1787 to 1800. Joining our organization as a member and participating in our activities and projects are excellent ways to learn more about genealogy research techniques and keep abreast of the many new sources of information that become available each and every day. 
 
Are you interested in joining the DGS?                                  Delaware Genealogical Membership Application
 
Contents
 
 
Getting Started
If you are considering working on your family history or are you just getting started, this section will provide you with some basic building blocks that will assist you as you begin exploring Delaware in search of your family.       
 
 
Sources
This section describes sources of genealogy records in Delaware. You can find information about the historical events that affected genealogical records availability and when records were available. This section also includes lists of books and articles containing entire family genealogies as well as information about where you can find vital records, church records, cemetery records, government records, newspaper articles, and city and state directories.               
 
 
Repositories
Repositories which house original source records for Delaware genealogical research are listed in this section along with many other facilities which house significant secondary sources. Because Delaware is such a small state, movement across state borders was even more common than between counties; therefore, key repositories in the surrounding states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are also listed.                                                               
Detailed information about repositories is a member benefit. To join the DGS click here.
 
 
Delaware Resources
This section contains a list of our favorite website links to help you with your Delaware genealogical research. Each link contains a description of the types of information you will find on the website. Links are arranged in categories so you can find just the right one to further your Delaware genealogical research.                                            
 
 
Delaware Counties
This section describes the way Delaware is divided into geopolitical areas. It includes help for finding maps of Delaware and a few of the more useful Delaware maps. It contains a list of towns, when they were established and any name changes associated with the town. It also includes a list of the hundreds that subdivide the three counties of Delaware into smaller areas and a description of the way hundreds have changed over time.
 
 
Search
This section allows you to search our website by entering a search term.
 
Query
Have a question you want help with? This section describes how to submit a question and have a DGS member try to help you with your research. This section under construction - coming soon
 
Projects
This section describes the projects we are currently working on and when the project is scheduled to be complete. It also lists projects that are in need of volunteers. This section under construction - coming soon
 
Free Help
This section describes our free monthly help sessions. Each session is staffed by two DGS experienced volunteer helpers.
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Fee Based Help
DGS does not keep a list of persons who perform genealogical research for a fee.