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Delaware Public Archives to Hold Genealogical Summit

Written on: February 15th, 2013 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

The Delaware Public Archives will be hosting a genealogical summit featuring two prominent speakers on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. Shamele Jordon, genealogical lecturer and podcaster, will be presenting a program entitled Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research. Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging for will be offering a presentation on Using to Find Your Family Roots.

The first program, entitled Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research, features Ms. Jordon as she presents how family history research techniques remain unchanged, but can be more successful with the addition of today’s technology.   This session will cover organizing information on computers and mobile devices, using lineage software, storing in the cloud and other tips to maximize one’s ancestral search.

For the second presentation, Using to Find Your Family Roots, Ms. Petersen will be exploring the popular genealogical website to show researchers how they can use the program to gather important information about their ancestry and make contact with other genealogists worldwide who may be related and want to share their research.

Shamele Jordon is a researcher, lecturer, and podcaster.  Her biographical highlights include being a researcher for the PBS series Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives Special and African American Lives II; former president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia, lecturer at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama, and board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

Sabrina Petersen currently serves as the Director of Global Imaging for   A professional genealogist, she is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association oProfessional Genealogists. Petersen has contributed works to Ancestry Magazine and her lectures are part of the “Know Your Records” series at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and College Park, Md. Her areas of expertise include Mid-West research), NARA research, and online research.

The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

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New Exhibit – Houses of Worship: The African American Experience in Delaware

Written on: February 11th, 2013 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

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Houses of Worship: The African American Experience in Delaware

This week the Delaware Public Archives officially opened our new exhibit entitled, “Houses of Worship: The African American Experience in Delaware”. Governor Jack Markell made an appearance and even signed a proclamation declaring February, African American History Month. The opening of the exhibit felt more like a celebration than just a simple meeting. A powerful opening prayer began the event, a choir sang beautifully, and all those who attended could swear they heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the vocal cords of Reverend Moore. After the presentation ended, the guests were treated to light refreshments and were then welcomed to view the exhibit. The exhibit features key figures in the African American religious movement in Delaware. It is an amazing story of how the independent African American Church began in the First State and we here at the Archives are proud to help pass it on. Come help us celebrate this great piece of history that is not just African American history, but Delaware and even national history all this month at the Delaware Public Archives. Visit our Website for links to hours of more information including eBooks, Documents, and Multimedia.

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