UPCOMING DDGS MEETINGS & EVENTS
All meetings are held at the Delaware Public Archives from 2:00 to 4:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
June 12, 2021 - Join us online as we hear stories of their own research from three DDGS board members.
- Barb Graham - Will discuss research resources for some Delaware historical facts, and types of records.
- Jack Fifer - Will cover how overseas contacts were made and with whom, and how he found family villages. He will also share how he overcame some resulting privacy issues.
- Deb Ruggles - Will share some of the tidbits she found going through family pictures and how they can give more depth to our understanding of her ancestors. Also how she put together an album with family and photos tree for family members.
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PAST MEETINGS & EVENTS
February 13, 2021 - Online presentation by Mike Dixon on the Mason Dixon Line: Stories behind a Geographic Boundary
December 12, 2020 - Online Share and Tell through Zoom discussing how we got started in genealogy, if we have any famous or infamous ancestors and more.
February 8, 2020 - Melissa Tadone from Hagley Museum spoke about the Handling and Care of Family Documents.
December 14, 2019 - David Bradford, Governor of the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Delaware spoke about this organization - requirements, activities, and more.
October 12, 2019 - Saving Family Treasures by Mike Dixon. Family treasures are often neglected, frequently tucked away in drawers, trunks, and attics. This presentation talked about the preservation and protecting of family relics and papers.
June 9, 2019 - From Dover to Melbourne: A History Four Centuries in the Making. The story of one family's history in Delaware and the discovery of an ancestor who left Delaware and ended up in Melbourne, Australia. This story is shared by Conni Miller, a descendant of those original Africans. At the same time, a man in Australia was researching his family. With the help of National Geographic's Genographic Project, connections were made! This led to travel and the meeting of two branches of one family.
April 13, 2019 - Author, Donna Aviles spoke about the Orphan Train movement and its significance. This movement operated between 1854 and 1929 relocated 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children.
February 9, 2019 - Genealogy Loves a Good Map. Reese Robinson spoke on how maps can be used with your genealogy research.
December 8, 2018 - Historian, Mike Dixon spoke on Exploring your Family History through Genealogy.
October 13, 2018 - Preserving War Letters: A Touchstone of Time. Nancy Lynch discussed letters she received from Delaware troops in Vietnam. This presentation was sponsored in part by the Delaware Humanities.
June 9, 2018 - Ron Whittington from the Delaware Humanities spoke on Black Delaware Participation in the Civil War.
May 17, 2018 - Bus trip to the Edward H. Nabb Research Center in Salisbury, MD.
April 14, 2018 - Rebecca Knight from the University of Delaware Library spoke on genealogy resources found at the library ad well as other valuable online resources.
February 10, 2018 - Larry Koch of the Delaware Humanities spoke on "The Humor of Abraham Lincoln".
December 9, 2017 - This program was cancelled due to the weather.
On October 14, 2017 - John Fifer spoke on "The Improbable" - finds that almost seem "meant to be" or "almost miraculous" during his genealogical research.
On June 10, 2017 - Sydney Cruice Dixon spoke on using military records found at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
On April 8, 2017 - Glen Layton from the Sons of the Union Veterans spoke about their grave marking project of Civil War Veterans.
On March 23, 2017, DDGS held a bus trip to Washington, DC to genealogy repositories.
On Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Dr. James E. Newton from the Delaware Humanities spoke on The Underground Railroad in Delaware.
On December 10, 2016, Dr. Cara Blume from the Delaware Humanities spoke on the Indian People of Delaware from 1630 - 2008.
On October 8, 2016, Douglas Ennis from the Newark Family History Center spoke about the resources available on familysearch.org.
On June 11, 2016, Shamele Jordan, genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer, and podcaster, presented "Visualizing the Past: Mapping Your Ancestors."
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, professional genealogist, Michael Hait spoke on "Genealogy in Your Genes; Using DNA for Genealogical Research".
On Saturday, February 13, 2016, native Delawarean and historian Syl Woolford spoke on African-American Genealogy resources including manumission deeds, bill of sales, apprentice agreements, and more.
On Saturday, December 12, 2015, local historian, Mike Dixon spoke on "Saving Family Treasures" including ways to preserve heirlooms such as marriage certificates, family Bibles, letters, journals, and photos.
On Friday, October 23, 2015, DDGS held a bus trip to genealogical repositories in Philadelphia.
On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Angela Rodesky, owner of ARodesky Genealogy spoke on "Searching Newspapers".
On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Ed Okonowicz spoke on Delaware History through Memorials, Monuments and Markers".
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, DDGS offered a bus trip to Washington, D.C.
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, Michael Hait, Professional Genealogist with specialties in Maryland and Delaware genealogy, Civil War research and African-American genealogy spoke on “Your Civil War Ancestor: Beginning Your Research”.
On Saturday, February 14, 2015, Marilyn McMahon, Education Chairperson for the Sussex County Genealogical Society spoke on “Using Land Records in Genealogy Research”.
On Saturday, December 13, 2014, Leah Youse, MLIS; Librarian from Elkton, Maryland spoke on “How to Find Books in the Public Domain and Using Them for Genealogical Research.”
On Thursday, October 16, 2014, DDGS held a bus trip to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, MD.
On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Michele Anstine, Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society spoke on “Bones and Stones – Death, Burial and Established Funeral Customs Were Part of Everyday Life in the Past."
On Saturday, June 14, 2014, Brenda Richards spoke on "DNA Studies -- Another Tool for Genealogy Research".
On Saturday, April 24th, 2014, DDGS held a bus trip to Washington, DC.
On Saturday, April 12, 2014, Leah Youse from the Elkton Library spoke on "The Updated Google Tools for Genealogy."
On Saturday, February 8, 2014, Tom Summers spoke on "Beginning Genealogy and the Resources at the Delaware Public Archives". Bob Stickels from Melvin Joseph Construction Company also spoke about "Moving the Adkins Cemetery."
On Saturday, December 14, 2013, one of the DDGS members spoke on their recent genealogical trip to Germany.
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society held a bus trip to Washington, DC.
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, the program was on shared useful genealogical websites.
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society held the annual "Brick Walls" discussion.
On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society held a bus trip to Trenton, New Jersey.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, Linda Chatfield spoke on "Family Customs and Food Specialties and how to record our family remembrances".
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society held a bus trip to Washington DC.
On Saturday, February 9, 2013, Don Blakey spoke on "European and African family research using DNA".
On Saturday, December 8, 2012, author, Ed Okonowicz spoke on "Tales Tombstones Tell from the Delmarva Peninsula" at the meeting.
On Thursday, October 25, 2012, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society held at bus trip to Washington DC.
On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the meeting involved discussion by members on their personal genealogical success stories.
On Saturday, June 9, 2012, the meeting was devoted to helping resolve "brick walls" encountered in family research.
On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society had a bus trip to Washington DC.
On Saturday, April 14, 2012, our speaker was Mike Dixon who spoke on "Unlocking the History of an Old House."
On February 11, 2012, our speaker was Donna Auiles who spoke on "Orphan Trains."