Remembering Donn Devine

Donn Devine, CG® and FNGS, one of the founders of the Delaware Genealogical Society, passed away on 5 May 2019. Donn wrote our articles of incorporation, founded of our Journal, was past president and served all positions on the DGS Board, and was a program speaker. He was also very active in genealogy nationally, having served on the Board for Certification of Genealogists as trustee and general counsel; and as director and fellow of the National Genealogical Society. He was also an author and lecturer. A lovely tribute to Donn was published by The NewsJournal. We will miss him. 

Pending Legislation Alert!

Recently the Delaware House of Representatives passed a bill to extend the embargo for public access to vital records. HB 114 and its amendment, HA1, increase the embargo period for birth records, from 72 years to 100 years; for marriage and death records from 40 to 70 years; and adds a new rule for civil unions of 70 years. Dick Eastman recently wrote about this in his Online Genealogy Newsletter.
The Delaware Genealogical Society has sent a letter to the Senate Health & Social Services Committee objecting to these amendments. We believe that changes to the current 72 year/40 year standards are unneeded and unnecessary. A copy of our letter is below and your support is appreciated.


Get Your Family History Questions Answered!
The latest upgrade to our website allows members to their genealogical questions answered faster than ever before!
“Ask DGS” is a new forum on the Members section of the website where you can unleash the power of crowdsourcing. Now you can quickly and easily: 
  • Get help with your Delaware ancestors from other members who have researched the same families. 
  • Learn about that obscure Delaware source that might hold the answer to your elusive brick wall. 
  • Connect with a person who frequents an archive or repository where your record is located and who will look for your record on their next visit. 
  • Make friends and correspond with other members with similar interests in specific families or groups, such as Quakers, African-Americans, Dupont employees, Swedes, or shipyard workers. The possibilities are endless!
This is a work in progress. The DGS will be monitoring the forum and making updates as needed. Send any feedback to
Here is the procedure to access the new Ask DGS Forum: 
  • Access
  • Click on Member in the blue column to the left. The Member Sign-in Window will appear. 
  • Sign in with your member login and password. Click Login. The Members section will open. 
  • Click Research in the blue column to the left. The Research page will open. 
  • Click Query Forums in the Contents section of the page. 
If you’re already logged in, you can go directly to the Query Forums by clicking here!


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.