What’s New in Relic – July 2013

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.   






A number of Prince William County newspapers dating between 1791 and 1923 are now available in our Digital Library under Newspaper Archive, at http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm

This is a work in progress.  Current coverage includes:


·       Virginia Gazette and Agricultural Repository (Dumfries), 1791-1793. [9 issues]

·       Republican Journal and Dumfries Advertiser, 1795-1796. [23 issues] 

·       Manassas Weekly Gazette, 1869. [1 issue]

·       Manassas Gazette, 1872-1896. [21 issues or fragments]

The above are all our extant Prince William newspapers before 1896.  Following are a sampling of later newspapers, which are now online:

·       Manassas Democrat, 1909-1910.  [12 issues] 

·       Manassas Journal, 1913.  [4 issues]

·       Prince William News, 1921-1923.  [39 issues]

·       [Also a selection of stray issues of miscellaneous titles]


Some of the images are OCR keyword searchable.  Other images, because of poor image quality or scanning problems are not.  You can tell if an issue is searchable by opening it and pressing CTRL+A:  The text will be highlighted in blue, indicating it has been processed by Optical Character Recognition software.  Use CTRL+F to get the search box.  Enter any word or phrase.  The software will highlight in blue each place in the text where the word or words appear. 

We will be adding more newspapers and hope to upgrade our search capabilities as time goes by.  We would welcome your comments and suggestions about these efforts to make our historic newspapers accessible.  Funding for this project has been supported by the Prince William County Historical Commission.







Registrations are now being accepted for the ninth annual RELIC After Dark, to be held Saturday, September 21 at Bull Run Regional Library.   Judy Russell, JD, CG, “the Legal Genealogist” will be the featured speaker for this gala event blending education, research, dining and socializing on a Saturday evening.  Dr. Russell (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/) 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, before, between, and after lectures, guests will be offered a variety of hors d’ouvres, 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.  The library will be open until 11 p.m.

This event will be held at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110.  Admission is $25 per person, cash or check, payable at time of registration.   Checks may be made payable to PWPLS and mailed to RELIC at the above address or delivered in person.  Please put “RELIC After Dark” on the memo line. 





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.


July 11, 2 p.m. – Understanding Genetic Genealogy, with Jim Logan.

 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.

September 21, 6:30-11 p.m.  – RELIC After Dark, with Judy Russell.


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





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 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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