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@pwcgov.org.


To read the latest lists of new materials available in RELIC click on What’s New in RELIC.   







Judy Russell, JD, CG, “the Legal Genealogist” has agreed to be the principal speaker at this year’s RELIC After Dark, our annual special event blending education, research, dining and socializing on a Saturday evening.  Dr. Russell has become a familiar figure at national and regional conferences, and will present two of her engaging lectures “No Person Shall….Gallop Horses in the Streets: Using Court Records to Tell Family Stories   and “From Blackstone to the Statutes At Large: How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists.”  

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  During the evening guests will be offered a variety of hors d’oeuvres, beverages and desserts.  They will also have the opportunity to use the Library’s facilities to do their own genealogical or historical research.  RELIC and Bull Run Library staff will be on hand to assist patrons with our resources.  Printing from microfilm and electronic resources will be free.  We’ll call it a day at 11 p.m.

This event will be held on Saturday, September 21 at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110.  Admission is $25 per person, cash or check.  Registrations will be accepted beginning July 1.     





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 eNotifications/subscribe  and select Library – What’s New in RELIC.  All these programs will take place at the community room at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA.  Most programs last about one hour.  You may register for any of these programs at 703-792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.   For details see RELIC Programs.


June 13, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como.

June 25, 7 p.m. – Understanding Genetic Genealogy, with Jim Logan; repeated July 11, 2 p.m.

July 23, 7 p.m. – Unleash the Power of Google to Find Your Ancestors, with Susie Besecker.

August 22, 11 a.m. – The Battle of Bristoe Station, with Ron Mayer; repeated August 27, 7 p.m.


          “Genealogy Doctor”: free counseling (contact us for an appointment).




Presented by 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 Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m.

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




Presented by J. J. “Jim” Logan


Have you had, or are you considering having your DNA tested for family history research?  Learn about the various types of genetic genealogy testing and what they can mean for your genealogy research.  This program will be presented by J. J. “Jim” Logan, group leader of the Fairfax County Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG); he is also group administrator of J-mtDNA and Logan DNA projects at FTDNA. 

The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., and will be repeated on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m.  To register for this free program email Relic2@pwcgov.org , or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.






Presented by Susie Besecker


          Technology instructor and amateur genealogist Susie Besecker will demonstrate the various ways you can use Google to grow and enhance your family tree.

The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  To register for this free program email Relic2@pwcgov.org, or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.






Presented by Ron Mayer


In this third year of Civil War anniversaries, military historian Ron Mayer rejoins us a third time to impart the story of a major battle that took place here 150 years ago.   Now learn about the campaign that culminated in the Battle of Bristoe Station in October 1863.  Though not as bloody as First or Second Manassas, this was a major conflict in the final years of the war.   Mr. Mayer has a knack of describing and illustrating military situations that makes it all interesting and understandable.

This program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Thursday, August 22, 2013, beginning at 11 a.m. and will be repeated Tuesday, August 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  To register for this free program email Relic2@pwcgov.org, or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.






“Genealogy Doctor” Accepting Appointments for Research Help


Don Wilson, head of RELIC, sets aside time each month for  free private sessions to mentor persons researching their family history.  A thirty-minute session can be used to discuss and analyze an historical or genealogical problem that has stumped you. 


Daytime and evening hours are possible.  To set up an appointment, please call RELIC at 703-792-4540 or email relic2@pwcgov.org .  Bull Run Regional Library is located at 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109. 




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 or by calling us at 703-792-4540.   Hours, September to June (ET):  Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm.  Closed Federal holidays. 

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