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Maximizing to Find Your Genealogical Roots

Written on: May 24th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room is one of the most popular and valued genealogical tools in the world. Understanding and maximizing its usefulness is essential in order to efficiently search and record your family’s history. On Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m., professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives in which she will share tips and search strategies to help researchers become more effective family genealogists and ensure individuals are getting the most of their subscription.

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995. In addition to conducting research and providing genealogical coaching, Dixon currently teaches both beginner and intermediate level genealogy courses. She also lectures regularly throughout the tri-state area. One of Dixon’s particular areas of specialization is United States military records. She is also a member of the planning committee for the Main Line Genealogy Club in the Philadelphia area.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers at (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Celebrate Dover Days with Two Tours of the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: April 28th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives On Monday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m., the Delaware Public Archives will offer a special evening program titled “A Dover Tour of the Delaware Public Archives.” While featuring all the traditional components of a “behind the scenes” tour of the facility, this visit will include documents, maps, […]

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The Basics of Italian Genealogical Research

Written on: April 8th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m., Melanie Holtz, CG, will present a webinar program at Delaware Public Archives about Italian Genealogy for beginners. The majority of records used for Italian genealogical research come from two major record sets, civil registration and ecclesiastical records. This lecture will cover what type of civil and ecclesiastical records […]

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Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln

Written on: March 22nd, 2016 in Events at the ArchivesResearch Room

(Dover, DE) On Saturday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. author Kathryn Canavan will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Focusing on the assassination from the perspective of the Petersen family, Canavan will show how this Washington D.C. family became caught up in the tragedy. The Petersens […]

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The First Spouse

Written on: February 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

(Dover, DE) Are American First Ladies a cultural mirror reflecting the role and popular perceptions of women of their eras? What happens when they are too outspoken or unconventional? On Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Cynthia Newton will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about the women who have served as […]

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robin brown, Richard B. Carter and Harry F. Themal Receive Governor’s Heritage Award

Written on: February 25th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware History

On Thursday morning, February 25, Governor Jack A. Markell honored robin brown, Richard B. Carter, and Harry F. Themal as the latest recipients of the Governor’s Heritage Award in a ceremony held at the Buena Vista Conference Center. Established in 2003 by the Office of the Secretary of State, the Governor’s Heritage Award is given […]

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The Freedmen’s Bureau: Records and Research during Reconstruction

Written on: January 29th, 2016 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m., Certified Genealogist Michael Hait will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives focusing on one of the lesser known federal agencies, the Freedman’s Bureau. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands operated from the end of the Civil War until 1872 under the U.S. War Department. […]

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Italian Genealogy Program on Saturday has been Cancelled

Written on: January 21st, 2016 in Blog Posts

Due to the winter storm prediction for this coming weekend, the Beginning Italian Genealogy workshop at Delaware Public Archives on Saturday, January 23 has been cancelled. The program will be rescheduled for a date later this year. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Summers, (302) 744-5047,

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December Meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society

Written on: December 7th, 2015 in Events at the Archives

The December meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place on Saturday, December 12, 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 […]

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Vice President Burr

Written on: November 6th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryInside the DPA

Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager Sometimes the signature on a letter is more important than the message contained within. Written on November 6, 1804, this correspondence to Delaware Governor David Hall documents the resignation of Delaware’s Senator William Hill Wells. However, the most interesting section is the signature. Located in the lower right corner is […]

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