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Society Meetings

Started by Sally Nelson. Last reply by Sally Nelson Mar 23, 2011. 16 Replies

Rhoads family from PA to DE

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Comment by Debbie Boglitsch Hooper on February 12, 2012 at 8:52am

If you care about losing access to the Social Security Death Index, please read the petition currently gathering signatures to be read by the White House administration at!/petition/take-steps-stop-fraudulent-tax-refund-claims-based-upon-identity-theft-recently-deceased-infants/SghL35V4

Comment by Sally Nelson on January 26, 2012 at 7:21pm

The Sussex County Genealogical Society in Delaware will present their 2012 conference, Tracking Your Ancestors II, on Saturday April 28, 2012.  Rebecca Whitman Koford and Chuck Mason are returning by popular demand with new topics.  Nationally known Michael Hait and other well-known genealogical speakers will share their genealogical expertise as well..  The Conference will cover topics such as the Pitfalls & Pratfalls in Genealogy, Men of the Same Name, Land Platting, Online Genealogy, Beyond Ancestry and Family Search, and Military research.  The Delaware Public Archives, the Maryland State Archives Online, and Colonial Families of Delmarva will also be represented.

Tracking Your Ancestors II will be held at the Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, Delaware.  More information can be found at or by calling 302-875-7665.

Comment by Willard Saunders on May 3, 2011 at 3:36pm
One of the DE families I've  been interested in is that of Peter Jochimsson (Yocum) who I think died in 1654, New Amesterdam.  His daughter Elizabeth Jochimsson (Yocum) (1654-1692) married John Ogle, who lived from 1649-1683.  Please  email me willardsaunders@gmail.concerning this union.
Comment by Sally Nelson on May 2, 2011 at 7:29am

If you missed our Conference you missed a good event.  Over 90 people came and learned about the various stages of doing genealogy--not just in Delaware or Sussex County.  I would advise you to go to the next Conference near you if you have a chance.  It was a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow genealogists as well.  (Hi, Victor!).




Comment by Sally Nelson on January 11, 2011 at 8:09pm

The Sussex County Genealogical Society in Delaware will hold a one-day conference, “Tracking Your Ancestors” on April 30, 2011. Featured speakers Julia Coldren-Walker, Rebecca Koford, Charles Mason and others will cover topics such as Beginning Genealogy, Church Records, Identifying Photographs, Researching Your Home’s History, Brick Walls, and Methodology. A special feature will be individual consultations by John Lyon, John Polk, and Mike Hitch who will use their land platting expertise to help researchers find their colonial ancestral lands on the Delmarva Peninsula.

The conference will be held at the Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown, Delaware. More information can be found at
Comment by Sally Nelson on September 29, 2010 at 8:23am
Here is a listing of some October events that I am aware of.

Thursday, September 30--“African-American Roots of Laurel’s Family” Tree kick off reception—5:00 p.m., hosted by the Laurel Historical Society and the Laurel Public Library--

Friday, October 1--Selbyville Genealogy Group, 11:00 a.m., Selbyville Public Library 302-436-8195

Friday, October 1--“Use Your Library Card to Explore Census Records”; 1:00, Laurel Public Library; No charge. Advance registration required; Email

Saturday, October 2--“Vital Records—Beyond Births, Marriages, and Deaths” by Nancy Lyons—10:30 a.m.; sponsored by the Delaware Public Archives. Contact Tom Summers at 302-744-5047 for information

Saturday, October --Downstate Delaware Genealogists Meeting; 2:00 p.m. Topic: “Loyalists in Delaware During the Revolutionary War” by Shirley Herndon

Wednesday, October 6--DelTech’s Adult Plus—SCGS sponsored class: Beginning Your Research; 302-856-5618

Thursday, October 7--Genealogy Bytes; 2:00 p.m., Milton Public Library

Friday, October 8--Sussex County Cousins Reunion; 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Laurel Public Library; 302-875-3184

Saturday, October 9--Downstate Delaware Genealogical Conference – go to ; "DNA AND ITS LINK TO FAMILY HISTORY" conference at the Hilton Garden Inn Dover, 1706 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, DE. Thomas H. Shawker, MD, will be speak on "DNA Testing: The Very, Very Basics" and "Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry: Genetic Genealogy & DNA Testing." Mark J. Wadhams, MS, will speak on "The Genealogical/Scientific Role Family Members Play in the Identification of Missing Service Members from Military Conflicts: Unknowns Never Again."

Wednesday, October 13--DelTech’s Adult Plus—SCGS sponsored class: Collecting Facts; 302-856-5618

Saturday, October 16 SCGS General Membership Meeting; 10:30 a.m.; 226 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE.;; Speaker—Susan Rowland, First State Photo

Wednesday, October 20--DelTech’s Adult Plus—SCGS sponsored class: Where Do You Find Information; 302-856-5618

Wednesday, October 20-0--“Cracking the Code: Understanding Colonial Handwriting and Documents” Workshop; 6:30 p.m., Laurel Public Library. Contact or 302-875-3184 for information

Saturday, October 23 German-Dutch Research Seminar; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; sponsored by the Bridgeville Public Library Genealogical Group. Contact 302-337-7401 or 302-628-6414 for more information. Presenter Tom Peters is a retired professional genealogist who specialized in Slovak, Carpath-Rusyn, and German ancestral research. Be sure to call and register—a head count is needed for the light lunch and coffee they plan to serve.

Tuesday, October 26--“Across the Tracks: Uncovering the History and Persistence of the African-American Community in West Laurel” by Kimberley Toney; 6:30 p.m., Laurel Public Library; contact or 302-875-3184

Wednesday, October27--DelTech’s Adult Plus—SCGS sponsored class: What Do You Do Next; 302-856-5618

Wednesday, October 27--Downstate Delaware Genealogists Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.
Comment by Jean Deans on September 19, 2010 at 4:09pm
Peggy, Thank you so much for the information that you provided. Probably my John W. Egner is a sibling of Jacob's. I am hoping to find the opportunity to delve a little deeper into DE's records to find that elusive connection. Are most of the records located in Wilmington? I've been away from genealogy for close to 10 years and it's like starting all over! Again thanks for your info!
Comment by Peggy Deakyne Mealy on September 19, 2010 at 9:12am
Jean, I am in the process of completing a series of books, "Orphan Court Proceedings of New Castle County, Delaware". I checked my book No.8 1822-1827 (not yet printed) and found.....16 Jul 1827. The petition of Jacob Egner and Margaret his wife shows that Roger Williams late of Pencader Hnd died intestate being owner of a tract of land situate in the hnd afsd bounded by lands of James Short, Samuel Howell, and others cont 223a. Roger Williams left to survive him a widow named Sarah, since dec’d and ten children to wit, Mary; Catherine who was the wife of William Biddle and is now dec’d, leaving a minor child to survive her, the said William being still living; David; Sarah; Hannah; Ann who was the wife of William Eliason and is now dec’d leaving an infant child to survive her, the said William having also died; Margaret now the wife of Jacob Egner; Abel; Enoch; and Jane Williams. The said Mary, David, and Sarah are since dec’d intestate and without issue; and Enoch, Abel, and Hannah do not reside in New Castle Co The afsd real estate of Roger Williams, dec’d was divided and appraised upon the petition of Abel Williams at the Aug term 1822 and the Apr term 1823 whereupon the Abel Williams being entitled to one seventh part of the intestate’s real estate accepted that part marked A cont 93a valued at $977.14. In reference to the remaining division of said real estate, no election was made and the acceptance thereof declined. The remaining division marked B cont 130a valued at $1302.84 belongs to the other children of the said intestate and the infant child of Ann who since the division and return afsd has departed this life, making the share of each child in said allotment one sixth part thereof viz, to Abel Williams, the assignee of William Biddle and Catherine his wife one sixth part; to Hannah Williams one sixth part; to the infant child of Ann one sixth part; to Margaret now the wife of Jacob Egner one sixth part; to Jane Williams now a minor one sixth part; and to Enoch Williams one sixth part. Since the return of the division and valuation of the afsd real estate and the acceptance of one division by Abel Williams as afsd the said Abel Williams has purchased the share of William Biddle and Catherine his wife in the said land and premises. Your petitioners being desirous of effecting a sale of the remaining allotment of the intestate’s real estate, which according the return of the freeholders will not admit of a division and has not been accepted, pray the Court to order all the heirs interested in the said real estate to come into Court and accept or refuse the remaining division marked B cont 130a at the valuation thereof. It is ordered that Enoch Williams, the second son of Roger Williams, dec’d; Abel Williams, assignee of William Biddle and Catherine his wife, which said Catherine is the eldest dau of Roger Williams; and Hannah Williams, the second dau of Roger Williams (and which said Enoch, Abel, and Hannah do not reside in New Castle Co), be and appear here in Court on 25 Feb next and claim the preference due to them of accepting a portion of the real estate late of Roger Williams marked B cont 130a appraised to $1302.84 as they are entitled to claim. It is ordered that a copy of this rule be published in the Cincinnati Gazette in the state of Ohio. Hope this might provide some clues.
Comment by Jean Deans on September 18, 2010 at 3:05pm
Searching (John W.) Eagner or (John W.) Egner born in New Castle, DE c. 1817 and moved to Cecil CO, MD before 1840. Married to Matilda Gregg (??). Trying to break through a brick wall and find his parents.
Comment by Willard Saunders on November 21, 2009 at 5:28pm
Amelia Truitt b.24 FEB 1781,Sussex Co, DE; d AFT 1838 Fleming Co., KY. Said to have married George Saunders b. 1786 MD?, d. c1860, Fleming Co., KY. Would like contact with others researching Truitt & Sa(u)nders families.

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