Delaware Genealogical Society 2021-2022 Events

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Save the Date!

September 25, 2021

The Presidential Family Secret of Joseph W. Clifton:
A Delaware Genealogy Case Study

Sydney Cruice Dixon, professional genealogist


  • Joseph W. Clifton was born and raised in Lewes, Delaware. In 1861, he signed up as a volunteer for military service in the Civil War. Hear how this soldierʼs story got the attention of the people of Lewes, Delaware, the people of Burlington, New Jersey, and a Delaware Congressman and Federal Judge. And find out how Joseph Cliftonʼs life intersected with a major historical event.
  • Through this story, you will learn the techniques and record sets that allowed me to uncover this extraordinary family secret. Also discover how the records left behind from this event allowed me to discover two earlier generations in the Clifton family.

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Save the Date!

October 23, 2021

Delaware, our families, and the 1918 flu epidemic

Mary Anne Vincent, Delaware Genealogical Society


In the past hundred years there have been quite a number of epidemics and pandemics: flu, polio, Legionnaires, AIDS, Ebola, and Zika among them. But the worst was the flu pandemic of 1918 which killed more people than World War I. We will look at its history in the United States [especially Philadelphia, Wilmington, and South Jersey] and the world, as well as its impact on our society.

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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.