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Guide to '''Sussex County, Delaware ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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== [http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/ County Courthouse]  ==
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Sussex County, Delaware Record Dates  ====
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=== [http://www.sussexcountyde.gov/ County Courthouse]  ===
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Formerly known as Deale County, the name was changed to Sussex on 4 Dec 1682. <br>The Recorder of deeds has land records from 1693. <br>Register of Wills houses the probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sussex, Delaware Page 121 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
Formerly known as Deale County, the name was changed to Sussex on 4 Dec 1682. <br>The Recorder of deeds has land records from 1693. <br>Register of Wills houses the probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sussex, Delaware Page 121 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== History ==
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=== Sussex County, Delaware Historical Facts ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1673--'''Sussex County was created 8 August 1673 from [[Deale County, Delaware|Deale]] (old) County. '''County seat:''' Georgetown <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1673--'''Sussex County was created 8 August 1673 from [[Deale County, Delaware Genealogy|Deale]] (old) County. '''County seat:''' Georgetown <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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Because of the ongoing boundary disputes between Lord Baltimore of Maryland and William Pitt of Pennsylvania, much of Sussex County (excepting a few miles inland from the coast)&nbsp;was also recognized as part of Maryland's Somerset County up through 1760.&nbsp; Both Pennsylvania (and, after 1710, Delaware)&nbsp;and Maryland issued land patents for the area, sometimes in conflict with each other.
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The British Crown ordered the dispute to be settled in 1760, and commissioned Charles Mason and Jermiah Dixon to survey the boundary.&nbsp; In 1769, the survey was completed, defining the border between Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania that exists today.
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The border between Sussex and Kent Counties, Delaware was set in 1683 and has not changed since then.
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For animated maps illustrating Delaware County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/delaware/ "Rotating Formation Delaware County Boundary Maps"] (1673-1841) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Kent County, Delaware|Kent ]]| [[Cape May County, New Jersey|Cape May County]], New Jersey | '''Maryland '''counties: [[Caroline County, Maryland|Caroline ]]| [[Dorchester County, Maryland|Dorchester ]]| [[Wicomico County, Maryland|Wicomico ]]| [[Worcester County, Maryland|Worcester]]  
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*[[Kent County, Delaware Genealogy|Kent]]&nbsp;
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*[[Cape May County, New Jersey Genealogy|Cape May, New Jersey]]&nbsp;
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*[[Caroline County, Maryland Genealogy|Caroline, Maryland]]&nbsp;
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*[[Dorchester County, Maryland Genealogy|Dorchester, Maryland]]&nbsp;
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*[[Wicomico County, Maryland Genealogy|Wicomico, Maryland]]&nbsp;
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*[[Worcester County, Maryland Genealogy|Worcester, Maryland]]
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=== Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy Resources  ===
  
== Resources ==
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==== Bible Records ====
  
 
==== Cemeteries [[Image:Desussex.jpg|thumb|right|400px|Desussex.jpg]]  ====
 
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{{Census|Delaware}}  
  
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*United States Geographic Survey Place Names - [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=155:2:10424890742875650929::::::YES GNIS] for Sussex County&nbsp; (over 1990 entries)<br>(may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)
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==== Genealogy  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== History ====
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Land and Property ====
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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*DeValinger, Leon. ''A Calendar of Sussex County, Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800''. Dover, Delaware: Public Archives Commission, 1964.  
 
*DeValinger, Leon. ''A Calendar of Sussex County, Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800''. Dover, Delaware: Public Archives Commission, 1964.  
 
*Moore, Marguerite R. indexes for Sussex 1800-1869, three volumes(Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995-97.)
 
*Moore, Marguerite R. indexes for Sussex 1800-1869, three volumes(Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995-97.)
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/delaware/de-vital-records/ How to order Delaware Vital Records], [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online] or download an application for Delaware [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/birth.pdf Birth Certificate], [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/marriage.pdf Marriage Certificate], [http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/ss/files/death.pdf Death Certificate] to mail.
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Georgetown Historical Society'''<br>
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510 S. Bedford Street<br>
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Georgetown, DE 19947<br>
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302 855-9660<br>
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302 855-1030 (Fax)<br>
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[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgetown-Historical-Society/841715709225277 Facebook]<br>
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'''Laurel Public Library'''<br>
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101 E 4th St<br>
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Laurel, DE 19956<br>
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302 875-3184<br>
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[http://www.laurellibrary.org/research Wbsite]<br>
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'''Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society '''<br>
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(Kent and Sussex County)<br>
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Box 3602 <br>
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Salisbury, Maryland 21802-3602 <br>
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E-Mail: [mailto:lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com]<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ldgs/index.html Website]<br>
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'''Sussex County Genealogical Society'''<br>
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c/o Rehoboth Beach Public Library<br>
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226 Rehoboth Avenue<br>
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Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971<br>
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[http://www.scgsdelaware.org Website]<br>
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Web Sites  ===
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~desussex/ The Sussex County NYGenWeb Project], an member of [[DEGenWeb|The DEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/delaware/sussex-county/ Sussex County, DE History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108964932085884759035 Delaware Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/210161959025636/ Delaware Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~desussex/ The Sussex County DEGenWeb Project], an member of [[DEGenWeb|The DEGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/de/sussex/index.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Sussex County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/de/sussex/index.htm The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Sussex County  
*{{FHL|Delaware%2C+Sussex|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Sussex County  
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*{{FHL|Delaware%2C+Sussex|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} FamilySearch Catalog for Sussex County  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/DE/Sussex/ Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/DE/Sussex/ Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
 
*[http://delaware-genealogy.com/Sussex-County-Genealogy.htm Sussex County Genealogy] (Delaware Genealogy)
 
*[http://delaware-genealogy.com/Sussex-County-Genealogy.htm Sussex County Genealogy] (Delaware Genealogy)
  
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Guide to Sussex County, Delaware ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded August 8, 1673
County Seat Georgetown
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PO Box 589
Georgetown, DE 19947
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Contents

County Information

Sussex County, Delaware Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1693 1683

County Courthouse

Formerly known as Deale County, the name was changed to Sussex on 4 Dec 1682.
The Recorder of deeds has land records from 1693.
Register of Wills houses the probate records[2]

Sussex County, Delaware Historical Facts

Parent County

1673--Sussex County was created 8 August 1673 from Deale (old) County. County seat: Georgetown [3]

Boundary Changes

Because of the ongoing boundary disputes between Lord Baltimore of Maryland and William Pitt of Pennsylvania, much of Sussex County (excepting a few miles inland from the coast) was also recognized as part of Maryland's Somerset County up through 1760.  Both Pennsylvania (and, after 1710, Delaware) and Maryland issued land patents for the area, sometimes in conflict with each other.

The British Crown ordered the dispute to be settled in 1760, and commissioned Charles Mason and Jermiah Dixon to survey the boundary.  In 1769, the survey was completed, defining the border between Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania that exists today.

The border between Sussex and Kent Counties, Delaware was set in 1683 and has not changed since then.

For animated maps illustrating Delaware County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Delaware County Boundary Maps" (1673-1841) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities:

  • Lewes
  • Milford
  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Seaford

Towns:

  • Bethany Beach
  • Bethel
  • Blades
  • Bridgeville
  • Dagsboro
  • Delmar
  • Dewey Beach
  • Ellendale
  • Fenwick Island
  • Frankford
  • Georgetown
  • Greenwood
  • HenlopenAcres
  • Laurel
  • Millsboro
  • Millville
  • Milton
  • Ocean View
  • Selbyville
  • Slaughter Beach
  • South Bethany

Hundreds: More information can be found at Delaware Hundreds.

  • Baltimore
  • Broad Creek
  • Broadkill
  • Cedar Creek
  • Dagsboro
  • Georgetown
  • Gumboro
  • Indian River
  • Lewes & Rehoboth
  • Little Creek
  • Nanticoke
  • Northwest Fork
  • Seaford

Unincorporated communities:

  • Angola
  • Argo's Corner
  • Atlanta
  • Bayard
  • Belltown
  • Broad Creek
  • Broadkill Beach
  • Cannon
  • Cedar Creek
  • Clarksville
  • Concord
  • Cool Spring
  • Coverdale
  • Fairmount
  • Fowler Beach
  • Gumboro
  • Harbeson
  • Hardscrabble
  • Hollymount
  • Hollyville
  • Jimtown
  • Johnson
  • Lincoln
  • Long Neck
  • Marshtown
  • Middleford
  • Middlesex Beach
  • Midway
  • Nassau
  • Oakley
  • Oak Orchard
  • Old Furnace
  • Pepperbox
  • Pinetown
  • Redden
  • Reliance
  • Roxana
  • St. Johnstown
  • Whitesville
  • Williamsville

Neighboring Counties

 

Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy Resources

Bible Records

Cemeteries
Desussex.jpg

Census

For tips on accessing Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy census records online, see: Delaware Census.


Church Records

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political and Religious Groups

Gazetteers

Genealogy

History

Land and Property

Maps

Migration

Military

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Occupations

Periodicals

Poorhouse, Almshouse

Probate

  • DeValinger, Leon. A Calendar of Sussex County, Delaware Probate Records, 1680-1800. Dover, Delaware: Public Archives Commission, 1964.
  • Moore, Marguerite R. indexes for Sussex 1800-1869, three volumes(Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995-97.)

Repositories

Schools

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Delaware Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Delaware Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate to mail.

Societies and Libraries

Georgetown Historical Society
510 S. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
302 855-9660
302 855-1030 (Fax)
Facebook


Laurel Public Library
101 E 4th St
Laurel, DE 19956
302 875-3184
Wbsite

Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society
(Kent and Sussex County)
Box 3602
Salisbury, Maryland 21802-3602
E-Mail: lowerdelmarva@yahoo.com
Website

Sussex County Genealogical Society
c/o Rehoboth Beach Public Library
226 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Website


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 109-117. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sussex, Delaware Page 121 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


 

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