The Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. N., Dover, will host “Underutilized Records for African American Genealogy” at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4.

Shamele Jordon’s presentation will show how to transcend the brick walls of African American research. Records created by the federal and county governments, organizations, employers and insurance companies will be examined. Other collections that will be discussed include mortgage records, Freedmen's Bureau, Underground Railroad and fire insurance maps.

Jordon is a researcher, lecturer and podcaster. A researcher for the PBS series “Oprah’s Roots: African American Lives Special” and “African American Lives II,” Jordon has served as president of the African American Genealogy Group in Philadelphia; lectured at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama; and has been a board member of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

The program is free to the public and will last about one hour. No reservations are required.

For information, call 744-5047 or email thomas.summers@state.de.us.