What’s New in RELIC – August 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.     





Early Prince William and Stafford County tax lists, as transcribed by RELIC volunteer Greg Mason from microfilm images, are now a part of our Digital Library at http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm.   We thank the Huntington Library, San Marino, California, for allowing us to post the lists that are part of their Brock Collection.  We also thank the Library of Virginia for assistance with materials in their collection.  Those posted now include (under Historic Records, 1700-1800):

·       Stafford County:  1723 rent roll, 1724 tobacco tenders.  Most of Prince William was carved out of Stafford in 1731.

·       Prince William County:  1738/39 (Hamilton Parish), 1746, 1751/52, 1754, 1758, 1761/62, 1762, 1765, 1767, 1773.

These lists are essential for tracing persons living in Prince William County during the 18th century.  The lists for 1724 and 1765 include the names of slaves and white males who did not own land.   Each list is keyword searchable, and they are also indexed in Mr. Mason’s Prince William County People, 1701-1800, likewise online.


          We have also added to our Newspaper Archive, on the same page.  It now includes all extant issues of local newspapers before 1923.  Newest additions:

·       The Manassas Democrat, 1909-1921

·       The Manassas Journal, 1895-1922.

·       The Prince William News, 1921-1923. (Successor to The Manassas Democrat)


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:  Text areas 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.






Judy Russell, JD, CG, “the Legal Genealogist” will be the featured speaker the ninth annual RELIC After Dark, to be held Saturday, September 21 at Bull Run Regional Library.   This gala event blends learning, personal research, dining and socializing on a Saturday evening.  Dr. Russell (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/) will present two of her engaging hour-long lectures that discuss the importance of court records and the law to genealogical research. 


·       “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.”


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.  Registration is already well advanced.  Early registration is recommended as the event always sells out.


The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  During the evening, before, between, and after lectures, guests will be offered a variety of heavy hors d’ouevres, beverages (including wine and beer) 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.




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 

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.

September 24, 7 p.m. – Genealogy 101, with Beverly Veness.

October 16, 7 p.m. (at Potomac Library) – Genealogy 101, with Beverly Veness.

November 19, 7 p.m. – Using National Archives Military Records Online, with Marie Melchiori.


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



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.



Presented by Beverly Veness


Those curious about their family history have an opportunity to learn about methods, strategies and resources for tracing their roots.  This free 90-minute program, conducted by Beverly Veness of the RELIC staff, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, at 7 p.m., at Bull Run Regional Library.    “Genealogy 101,” will highlight the numerous free genealogical resources available at RELIC and will explore basic techniques for tracking ancestors.   This program will also be repeated at Potomac Community Library, on Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.  Potomac Library is located at 2201 Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge, Virginia.

To register for either session please 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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