Coming Saturday, February 23rd!

Saturday, February 23
Genealogy Research in Pennsylvania Coal Country  (Member Meetings)
10:15 am to 12:15 pm
Hockessin Public Library, 1023 Valley Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
There are many challenges in doing genealogy research in the Pennsylvania coal region.  One big challenge is surnames - phonetic spelling, poor handwriting, transcription errors, and Americanization of surnames, especially Polish and Lithuanian.  Let’s explore an example of actual research into two Polish families, while illustrating a variety of genealogy research tools. Free and open to the public. 

Donn Devine Honored!

The Delaware Genealogical Society (DGS) board recently had the privilege to co-host, together with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, an award luncheon in honor of Donn Devine, JD, CG®, FNGS, and past president of DGS. Surrounded by his family and friends in the genealogical community, Donn received his certificate announcing his election by the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) as a Certified Genealogist Emeritus.  This certificate was awarded for his long and distinguished career.Judy Russell, JD, CG®, CGL, and a BCG Trustee, presented the Emeritus Certificate (see photo, below). 
Donn Devine and Judy Russell, photo courtesy of Rick Sayre
The President of BCG, Rick Sayre, CG®, CGL, FUGA, also announced the creation of the Donn Devine Award for Extraordinary Service to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. The President of BCG described this as an award “to recognize service that epitomizes the service that Donn has provided to BCG.” Rick went on to say that Donn was a great friend and advisor to him over the years. Donn was presented with the prototype of the award that will first be presented in May of 2019 to one or more deserving certified associates.  
Donn was first credentialed as Certified Genealogist® in 1987 and served as a trustee and general counsel to the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Over 40 years with the Delaware Genealogical Society, Donn served in many capacities, including president, long-term member of the Board of Governors, lecturer, and founder of the DGS Journal.  
In her remarks, Judy described Donn as a “Renaissance man,” not only for his contributions to genealogy, but also for his accomplishments in public and private industry.  Only recently retired, Donn began his career as a chemist at Allied Chemical Company in 1950 and grew to include work as a journalist, a lawyer, a planner for the City of Wilmington, and Archivist for the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. He is a retired Brigadier General for the National Guard and served as an advisor and board member for many not-for-profit organizations throughout Delaware.
Donn also wrote the fourth verse of the Delaware state song, “Our Delaware,” which was sung by attendees at the end of the awards ceremony. 

Welcome to the Delaware Genealogical Society, a place for all genealogists to meet and share their knowledge and experiences.  The Society endeavors to be the primary source of information about Delaware families, as well as a trusted provider of genealogical education and assistance for all of our members.
This mission is accomplished through our monthly seminar program, a Society newsletter, a twice yearly Society Journal, the DGS Delaware Families blog and this website which contains general Delaware guidance for all and Delaware specific content in a Members Only section. This web site is for you, the membership, and we look forward to your input to ensure it meets your needs.