RELIC Programs

All programs are presented at the Bull Run Regional Library, unless otherwise noted. To register for the following free programs, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or

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Finding Cousins Through Family Tree DNA or 23andME

Learn how you can discover your cousins and common ancestors through groups employing the latest innovations in genetic DNA testing for ancestry. Presented by J.J. "Jim" Logan. Dr. Logan is the Group Administrator for several DNA projects and a member of the Standards Committee of the International Society of Genetic Genealogists.

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Repeated Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 7:00 p.m.


"RELIC After Dark" to Feature Forensic Genealogist

Colleen Fitzpatrick: CSI Meets Roots

Forensic genealogist Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, will be the keynote speaker for the seventh annual "RELIC After Dark." Established reference materials such as photos, databases and DNA can provide much more information than you ever dreamed of, if only you keep your eyes open and use a little imagination. The goal of her lecture is to spark your imagination to discover new ways of looking at your family mysteries and to turn you into a forensic genealogist. Ms. Fitzpatrick consults for major military and civilian organizations, helping to solve identity mysteries and uncover frauds. "RELIC After Dark" is also an evening of dining and research opportunities. Reservations are now being accepted. The cost, which includes food, beverages, and complimentary printing from the library's electronic resources, is $25 (paid in advance, cash or check).

Saturday, September 17, 7:00 11:00 p.m.


Cemetery Symbolism

What can you can learn about your ancestors from their tombstones? Local genealogist Diane Nesmeyer has studied cemetery symbolism in her work with the Maryland Coalition to Protect Burial Sites. She'll share examples of gravestone imagery and talk about what questions one should ask when attempting to understand their meaning.

Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.


Genealogy 101

Learn the basic sources and techniques for tracing your family's history from RELIC's own Beverly Veness

Friday, September 30, 2:00 p.m.