On January 10, 2013, Randy Marcum will discuss “Death Records: The Final Act” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Marcum will examine several of the West Virginia Archives and History collections dealing with the death of citizens. State, county and business records tell the story of the end of life in a legal document. By researching these documents, many different facets of a person’s life and of the funeral directors that rendered the final care for them can be discovered. Marcum will use various collections from the State Archives, including Department of Mines, Ball Funeral Home records, and Board of Funeral Home Examiners records to provide an insight into the end of life process.
Marcum has lived most of his life in West Virginia; his family has lived in the Tug River valley since the early 1800s. He is a graduate of the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, and recently became a historian at West Virginia Archives and History. Previously he worked for the Records Management Preservation Board on the deed book preservation project. Marcum is the current president of the Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society, and he also assists with the preservation cataloging of the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Association collections at Archives and History.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 723. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
West Virginia Archives and History Genealogy Club Programs