Saturday March 20, 2021

The Second World War (WWII): African American Involvement in the US Military  (Member Meetings)
10:00 am       Virtual meeting; registration required
Erwin Polk, Co-founder & V.P. Genealogy of the Delaware chapter of AAHGS, will talk about  African American soldiers' participation in the U.S. Military during World War II, including the military units in which they served. 
Erwin Polk was interviewed on “The Today Show” on July 3, 1993 about ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.  He is a great grandson of a Buffalo Soldier who served from 1882 to 1892.  3X great grandmother Mary & her children were freed by a will in 1809 & appeared in the special Maryland Census for 1832. Her husband was listed in the 1850 Census. 
Presentation is free and open to the public.
Meeting will be recorded and posted to members only section.

Save the Date- Saturday, April 24
Genealogy of a Home: Using Land Records, Wills, Census and Newspapers to Trace Family  (Member Meetings)
10:00 am
Virtual meeting; registration required
Reese Robinson of the Delaware Genealogical Society will use case studies and resources from Delaware to trace a property using land records, as well as the people who owned that property.
Reese Robinson is a former DGS Vice President and Webmaster, and has given presentations on numerous topics, including Newspapers, Cemeteries, and Maps.
Free and open to the public, but registration required.

Delaware Genealogical Research Guide

The new Delaware Genealogical Research Guide is an essential resource for Delaware research.
Comprehensive, well organized, and easy to use, it provides detailed descriptions of how and where to find information about Delaware ancestors. It includes descriptions of and guidance to more than 100 local, regional, and national repositories and resources for Delaware records. Learn more about it in the recorded walk-through, "A Peek Between the Covers of the Delaware Genealogical Research Guide." (Link to video). The book is available at


Get Your Family History Questions Answered!
The latest upgrade to our website allows members to have their genealogical questions answered faster than ever before!
“Ask DGS” is a new forum on the Members section of the website where you can unleash the power of crowdsourcing. Now you can quickly and easily: 
  • Get help with your Delaware ancestors from other members who have researched the same families. 
  • Learn about that obscure Delaware source that might hold the answer to your elusive brick wall. 
  • Connect with a person who frequents an archive or repository where your record is located and who will look for your record on their next visit. 
  • Make friends and correspond with other members with similar interests in specific families or groups, such as Quakers, African-Americans, Dupont employees, Swedes, or shipyard workers. The possibilities are endless!
This is a work in progress. The DGS will be monitoring the forum and making updates as needed. Send any feedback to
Here is the procedure to access the new Ask DGS Forum: 
  • Access
  • Click on Member in the blue column to the left. The Member Sign-in Window will appear. 
  • Sign in with your member login and password. Click Login. The Members section will open. 
  • Click Research in the blue column to the left. The Research page will open. 
  • Click Query Forums in the Contents section of the page. 
If you’re already logged in, you can go directly to the Query Forums by clicking here!



Welcome to the Delaware Genealogical Society, a place for all genealogists to meet and share their knowledge and experiences.  The Society endeavors to be the primary source of information about Delaware families, as well as a trusted provider of genealogical education and assistance for all of our members.
This mission is accomplished through our monthly seminar program, a Society newsletter, the DGS Delaware Families blog and this website which contains general Delaware guidance for all and Delaware specific content in a Members Only section. This web site is for you, the membership, and we look forward to your input to ensure it meets your needs.