Sussex County, Delaware Genealogy

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Guide to Sussex County Delaware genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Sussex County, Delaware
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Location in the state of Delaware
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Location of Delaware in the U.S.
Founded August 8, 1673
County Seat Georgetown
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Address Administrative Office Building, 1st Floor, 2 The Circle
PO Box 589
Georgetown, DE 19947
Phone: (302) 855-7785 Sussex County Courthouse
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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[1]

Sussex County, Delaware Hstorical Facts

Parent County

1673--Sussex County was created 8 August 1673 from Deale (old) County. County seat: Georgetown [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places


  • Lewes
  • Milford
  • Rehoboth Beach
  • Seaford


  • 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



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


  • United States Geographic Survey Place Names - GNIS for Sussex County  (over 1990 entries)
    (may not always be present in alphabetic order on first try.)



Land and Porperty




Naturalization and Citizenship




Poorhouse, Almshouse


  • 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.)




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).