[APG Public List] What's New in RELIC (September 2010)

Wilson, Donald L dlwilson at pwcgov.org
Tue Aug 31 16:15:02 MDT 2010


September 2010


The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History
(RELIC), Prince William Public Library System, Bull Run Regional
Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109.  703-792-4540  Email:
relic2 at pwcgov.org <mailto:relic2 at pwcgov.org> .

To read the latest lists of new materials available in RELIC click on
<http://www.pwcgov.org/library/relic/whats_new_in_relic.htm> . 



            In the 1980s, the Prince William County Genealogical Society
extracted information from the records of the Baker Funeral Home in
Manassas, 1931-1969.   A copy of those extracts was given to the
Library.  That included an alphabetic index to decedents with their
basic data (gender, race, marital status, age, birth date and place,
death date and place, burial place).  A separate card index identified
persons mentioned in the obituary, death certificate, or other record on
file, with a relationship code and a number linking them to the
decedent.  The only thing missing was a link from the decedents back to
their kin.

            Now, thanks to the electronic magic of volunteers Morgan
Breeden, Margaret Binning and David Binning, under the coordination of
RELIC's Beverly Veness, a database has been constructed from those
records that makes all the information accessible.  

Go to http://www.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/vital_records.htm
<http://www.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/vital_records.htm>  and
click on Baker Funeral Home Report to see it.  Use CTRL+F to search for
particular names (last name first).  I see now we need to add a key to
the codes used for relationships.  Most are probably self-evident:
F=father, M=mother, B=brother, Sis=sister, S=son, D=daughter, W=wife,
H=husband, Inf=informant, PB=pallbearer, HPB= honorary pallbearer,
GS=grandson, GD=granddaughter, NI=niece, NE=nephew, SS=stepson,
SD=stepdaughter.   The database contains 4086 decedents and about 21,000
names in all.  It should be helpful in discovering many 19th and 20th
century relationships.  

            The Baker Funeral Home, founded in 1894, was for many years
the primary undertaker for western Prince William County.  It now
operates under the name Baker-Post Funeral Home, 10001 Nokesville Road,
Manassas, Virginia.   



Here are our latest offerings.  Funding for RELIC programs is provided
by the Friends of Central and Bull Run Libraries.  Sign language
interpretation is available for Prince William Public Library programs
if requested at least three weeks in advance.  To be notified of
upcoming programs and new resources in RELIC, visit
<http://www.pwcgov.org/library/relic/whats_new_in_relic.htm>  and click
on Subscribe.  All these programs will take place at the community room
at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA.  You may
register for any of these programs at 703-792-4540 or relic2 at pwcgov.org
<mailto:relic2 at pwcgov.org> .   For details see

September 9, 11 am - Genealogy 101, with Bev Veness.

September 25, 7-11 pm - 6th Annual RELIC After Dark.

September 28, 7 pm - Genealogy 201, with Tish Como.

October 7, 11 am - Making the Most of Ancestry Library Edition, with Don
Wilson.  Repeated, October 26, 7 pm.

October 24, 2 pm - Migration Routes before 1850, with Sharon Hodges.

November 4, 11 am - Analyzing Estate Inventories for Genealogical
Information, with Charlotte Cain.

November 16, 7 pm - Breaking Down African-American Genealogical Brick
Walls, with Char McCargo Bah.

The Genealogy Doctor Is In

Schedule a private, 30-minute visit with RELIC's Don Wilson to discuss
an historical or genealogical problem that has stumped you.  Please call
703-792-4540 for a free appointment.   Here are upcoming available

Thursdays, September 2 and 16, October 14 and 21 - 10 am-noon.


Featuring Drew Smith

Author of "Social Networking for Genealogists"

            There is still time to register for the Sixth Annual RELIC
After Dark, scheduled for Saturday, September 25, from 7 to 11 p.m. at
Bull Run Regional Library.  Along with an evening of dining and research
opportunities, we have  Drew Smith, author of "Social Networking for
Genealogists," as our keynote speaker.  He is co-host of "The Genealogy
Guys" podcast, is an IT Librarian at the University of South Florida in
Tampa, and manages the national listserv for Librarians serving

Are you intimidated by the Internet?  Learn how genealogy buffs can
benefit from the dynamic services now available on the Web - think
Wikipedia, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube.  This vibrant new Internet
environment encourages social interaction and the sharing of
information, including photos and videos, with family, friends and other

RELIC staff will be on hand to assist with our resources at this gala
event.  The cost, which includes a buffet dinner, assorted beverages,
and complimentary printing from the library's electronic resources, is
$25 (paid in advance, cash or check).   Dressy casual attire is
recommended.   Contact RELIC for further information: 703-792-4540 or
email relic2 at pwcgov.org.  Proceeds from this event will help support
RELIC's collections and activities.


Presented by RELIC's Beverly Veness

Family history buffs have an opportunity to learn about methods,
strategies and resources for tracing their roots at a free session
sponsored by The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC).  The
hour-long program, conducted by Beverly Veness of the RELIC staff, is
scheduled for Thursday, September 9, at 11 a.m. 

            This program, "Genealogy 101," will highlight the numerous
free genealogical resources available at RELIC and will explore basic
techniques for tracking ancestors.  

  Please call (703) 792-4540 or email relic2 at pwcgov.org to register for
this free program.  


Presented by RELIC's Tish Como


Genealogy 101 introduced basic resources and techniques for researching
your family's history.   Genealogy 201 presents alternate resources to
enhance your family's history and advanced search techniques to help
maximize your results from online databases including census records,
passenger lists, maps, and books.   RELIC's Tish Como will present this
program on Tuesday, September 28, at 7 p.m., in the Bull Run Library
community room.

To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540
or at relic2 at pwcgov.org <mailto:RELIC2 at pwcgov.org> .  


Presented by RELIC's Don Wilson

Ancestry.com is a commercial genealogical website that has become
indispensable for family history research today.   New databases are
added weekly.  Ancestry Library Edition is the version that is available
free at many libraries, including all branches of Prince William Public
Library System.   To help people navigate Ancestry's numerous databases,
RELIC's Don Wilson will talk on "Making the Most of Ancestry Library
Edition."   The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library
on Thursday, October 7, at 11 a.m. and be repeated on Tuesday, October
26, at 7 p.m.

To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540
or at relic2 at pwcgov.org.  


Presented by Sharon Hodges

You know your family moved from one place to another in the United
States, you just don't know how or why. Understanding why your ancestors
may have left their home and moved to a new location and the routes
taken to get there, may lead to new information about those elusive

Sharon Hodges is a professional genealogist, teacher and lecturer and
has been involved in genealogical research for over 20 years.  She will
present her talk at Bull Run Regional Library on Sunday, October 24, at
2 p.m.

To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540
or at relic2 at pwcgov.org <mailto:RELIC2 at pwcgov.org> .  

Have a question about Prince William County history, places or families?
Need guidance with your genealogical research?  You may contact RELIC
staff for help and advice at Ask RELIC
<http://www.pwcgov.org/default.aspx?topic=040034001840001757>  or by
calling us at 703-792-4540.   Summer hours (EDT):  Monday-Thursday
10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm.  We reopen on Sundays, September 12,


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