Delaware Public Archives to hold genealogical summit March 2

February 18, 2013

The Delaware Public Archives will host a genealogical summit featuring two prominent speakers at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 2. Shamele Jordon, genealogical lecturer and podcaster, will present "Tips and Techniques for Using Technology in Genealogy Research." Sabrina Petersen, director of global imaging for, will offer "Using to Find Your Family Roots."

In the first program, Jordon will discuss 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.

In "Using to Find Your Family Roots," 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.

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

Petersen, a professional genealogist, is a member of the National Genealogical Society and Association of Professional 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 Midwest research, NARA research and online research.

The program is free. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers, 302-744-5047 or email

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The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday.  On the second Saturday of every month, the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.