Specific event details will be listed as they become available.

These programs are free to the public and no reservations are required unless otherwise noted. The Delaware Public Archives is located at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover, Delaware. For more information contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail thomas.summers@state.de.us.

2014 Events

November 1, 10:30 a.m.

Digital Genealogy Organization: Baby Steps toward a Manageable System
Presenter: Leah Youse

Are your digital genealogy files all over the place? Have you discovered a record for your ancestor, twice? Librarian Leah Youse will provide some tips on developing methods of arrangement in Digital Genealogy Organization: Baby Steps toward a Manageable System. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been conducting online research for years, this lecture will provide ideas to take your organizational system to the next level. Youse will focus on managing files and folders, email, and research, including a brief discussion on easing the burden with software.

November 8, 9:30 a.m.

Genealogy Help at the Archives

Have you ever wondered about your family history but didn’t know where to start? Are you a genealogist or researcher that has hit a wall with your research? The Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce that volunteers from local genealogical societies will be on site to help you with your research on Saturday, November 8th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Our volunteers will be available to answer your questions, show you what resources DPA has available and explain how you can use them. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover more about your family tree. Pre-registration for this opportunity is required. Please call Dawn Mitchell at 302-744-5000 by 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 6th to reserve your spot.

December 13, 2:00 p.m.

December Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
Presenter: Leah Youse

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 13, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and guests are encouraged. Each meeting generally includes a guest speaker and time for sharing genealogical information. The speaker for the December meeting will be Leah Youse, MLIS, librarian with the Elkton Central Library in Cecil County, Maryland. Her presentation is titled "How to Find Books in the Public Domain (no longer covered by copyright) and Using Them for Genealogical Research."

January 3, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Delaware in the War of 1812: A "Most Distressing War"
Presenter: Charles (Chuck) Fithian

The year 1814 would see the War of 1812 enter into its second year. The previous year had witnessed the imposition of a seaborne blockade and active naval campaigning across the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware Valley region. Delawareans were active participants in these events and beyond, and directly experienced the effects of naval irregular warfare. In 1814, they would continue to aid in the national defense, and would respond to new threats brought about by this destructive war. This presentation will examine the period of 1814 through to the peace of 1815.

February 7, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Reconstructing African American Lives: Antebellum to Reconstruction
Presenter: Shamele Jordon

Nineteenth Century research is particularly difficult for African American researchers. Using a variety of sources this presentation will provide strategies for locating ancestors using federal, county, and organizational records from reconstruction back to the slavery time period. Records include Freedmen's Bureau, Freedman's Bank, probate records and more.

February 14, 2015 2:00 p.m.

February Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society
Presenter: Marilyn McMahon

The February meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2:00 p.m. A non-profit organization for people who have an interest in genealogy, this group meets every other month at the Delaware Public Archives beginning in October and ending in June. The public is welcome to all meetings and guests are encouraged. Each meeting generally includes a guest speaker and time for sharing genealogical information. The speaker for the February meeting will be Marilyn McMahon, Education Chairperson for the Sussex County Genealogical Society. Her presentation is titled "Using Land Records in Genealogy Research."