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Welcome to the DDGS Website!

"Every step you take is supported by a thousand ancestors" 
- Unknown
The Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society, Inc. (DDGS) is a non-profit 501c7 corporation, chartered in 1999 to further the interest in genealogical research among its members and to assist others with an interest in genealogical research in Kent County, Delaware and beyond our state boundaries. We're prepared and have resources to help with anyone's genealogical search no matter where the roads take us. Our Society is comprised of volunteer members, and staffed by volunteers to oversee the day-to-day operations and chairpersons overseeing Society activities and events. We're an active Society, offering opportunities to learn from professionals and to educate the public, and offering network opportunities for those on their genealogy journey. 
Membership is open to anyone interested in genealogy, beginners to advanced, living in Delaware or from out of state. 

Legistlative Hall, Dover, Delaware

One-Day Conference Survey

Your input about the One-Day Conference is NEEDED, we’re interested in your thoughts. We want to make sure that we have the full support of our membership and that we provide everyone with the right level of information while delivering a great conference experience. Please click on the following link to take this short but important survey.

February 2024 Newsletter

Please click on the following link to enjoy our latest newsletter "The Reasearcher"!


The DDGS would like to welcome the following NEW MEMBERS!
Margaretta Dorey
John Ferrell
Wayne Grier
Jackie Keenan
Barbara Pompper
Jon smith

Name Tag Fundraiser!

 The name tags are roughly 3 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches. Gold
 in color and have a magnet on the back, so it will not harm
 your clothing.
 Click on Name Tag to place your order today!

Why Join a Genealogical Society?

This is a great question and we're glad that you asked! 
DDGS can offer our members:
• Education: Learn to be a better researcher through attending presentations, workshops, meetings, and special interest groups
• Socialization: Meet with a diverse group that enjoys geneaology and have the opportunity to learn, collaborate, socialize, and share common interests
• Resources: Discover records and sources or volunteer to help preserve records through digitization and indexing
• Advocacy: Support legislation and policies for vital records preservation and access for genealogical research
• Promote genealogy: Share our knowledge and resourcs, assist people in connecting their families to the past and the future during special events in Delaware communities 

Membership Benefits:

We invite you to become a member of DDGS and help us preserve our rich family history. We're dedicated to offering a variety of services to our membership: 
  • Ability to network and collaborate with other genealogists
  • Newsletters with interesting articles, Society updates, and resources to help you with research
  • Bi-monthly membership meetings and annual membership meeting, with guest speakers
  • Access to the Members Only section of the DDGS website including newsletters, membership directory, By-Laws, and meeting minutes
  • Discounts on DDGS publications
  • Access to workshops and conferences to keep you up to date on genealogy education and methodologies

Upcoming Events
May 25, 2024
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Ask a Genealogist
Do you have questions about your family history search? An ancestor who disappeared from the census? A female ancestor whose maiden name is unknown? Confusion ...

June 1, 2024
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
June Membership / Annual Meeting

June 22, 2024
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Ask a Genealogist
Do you have questions about your family history search? An ancestor who disappeared from the census? A female ancestor whose maiden name is unknown? Confusion ...

October 19, 2024
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
October Membership Meeting

December 14, 2024
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
December Membership Meeting

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