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A Prince William County service is helping individuals learn more about their family history.
In the coming months, the Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) will offer programs that teach participants how to use various tools, including records and directories.
The resources can be used to provide more information about the past.
Librarian and Genealogist Don Wilson is discussing African-American Genealogy at Central Community Library in Manassas on January 15, according to a release from the county.
His presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., will be about history surrounding the Civil War.
Research about this time period can be difficult if a person wasn’t added to public records, according to Wilson.
“A large proportion of black families were not free before the Civil War and they were not in many public records, but there are various kinds of records that they do appear in,” Wilson said in a release. What I’m trying to do is show how to use the records found after the Civil War to get people back to the earlier time period and to give them hope that there will be records that will give them details about their family.”
Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics is another program Wilson’s leading on January 24 at 11 a.m.
During the discussion, which will occur at Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas, citizens will learn about researching family members.
“In order to go from one generation to the next, you need to know more than just the name of the person you’re tracking. You need to be able to put them in time and place,” Wilson said. “It’s good to know their occupation, good to know when major events in their life took place, such as when they immigrated to the United States. You need to know family traditions.”
RELIC is also hosting Genealogy 101: Getting Started at 2 p.m. on March 27 and a program about the hospitals of First Manassas at 7 p.m. on January 15.
Both classes are being held at Bull Run Regional Library.
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