Delaware Family History Societies

This section lists the state-wide association of Delaware.  It then lists the county association of Lower Delmarva giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide Societies

County Societies


Delaware Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1977 with 40 charter members and now has over 450 members.   They provide assistance to members researching their genealogy and also provide general educational programs.

They publish a journal and you are able to search through the Tables of Contents of these for all volumes up to April 2010.  A Master Index, which includes names and places mentioned, can also be accessed.

After you have determined which journal you are interested in, you can order the issue(s) from them. 

The Parish Registers of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington have been microfilmed and the Society has prepared a list of which parishes are covered on each roll, so you can either rent or buy the appropriate microfilm through the LDS Family History Library or from Family History Centers. 

Numerous publications are sold by the Society, which include:

  • 1782 Tax Assessment and Census Lists
  • DGS Research Guide
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Newspapers
  • History of the Original Settlements
  • Sussex County Orphans Court Abstracts

They also have information regarding the county of Delaware, including a list of hundreds and towns.



Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society

The association covers Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware.  It also covers Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties of Maryland.  In addition, the society covers Northampton and Accomack counties of Virginia.  

Their aims are to collect records and make them available and to share information regarding genealogical research.

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • A Somerset Sampler: Families of Old Somerset County, Maryland 1700-1776
  • Back Issues of their bi-annual publication More From The Shore 1982-2011
  • Burbage Funeral Home Registers 1934-1980
  • Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico
  • The Fooks Family Book
  • Whayland/Insley/Kibble Ledger which are records from the 1700s-1800s from a store in the Allen area

It is also possible to subscribe to the Society's Mailing List, which is hosted by Rootsweb.

Publications available for sale include Graveyards and Gravestones of Wicomico and back issues of their bi-annual publication More From The Shore 1982-2011.

You are able to subscribe to the Society's Mailing List, which is hosted by Rootsweb.


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