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Searching Church Records for Your Family History

Written on: July 24th, 2012 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesInside the DPAResearch Room

On Saturday, August 4 at 10:30 a.m., Nancy Lyons will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on how to use church records to research your family tree. Documents such as baptism, marriage, death and interment records, as well as church membership information can provide some of the earliest genealogical data available. Most importantly, these sources can fill in the blanks of vital records long before state governments required registration of births, marriages and deaths. This workshop will demonstrate how to use these records when conducting family research.

This is the second in a series of genealogy workshops presented by Nancy Lyons, a highly respected genealogist whose programs have been well received by beginners and advanced genealogists alike. This workshop will include information that will be helpful to those who are searching for information in Delaware and in other states as well.  Other upcoming workshops in this series will include topics such as naturalization papers and American passenger arrival lists.

Nancy Lyons is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society. The founder of the Irish Family History Research Group, Lyons has served as a volunteer at the Mormon Family History Center in Wilmington for 17 years. She has also been the chair of the Delaware Genealogical Society Educational Committee for the last seven years.

The program is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Jessica Carmichael (302) 744-5081 or e-mail

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Tweet All About It

Written on: July 6th, 2012 in Research Room

A guy stopped by the other day to see the 1957 William C. Jason yearbook we tweeted about.  Yup, you heard that right, we tweeted.  The Archives has now entered the exciting world of Twitter.  We post events, the photo of the day, and just really cool stuff about the archives.  Go behind the scenes with the archivists to see things we find while we are processing or when new accessions walk through the door.  Interact with us as we tweet from historic marker dedications, school programs, and tours. So why not follow @DEPublicArchive and be the first to find out about all the new exciting things we have going on.


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