What’s New in RELIC (September 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.   






Judy Russell, JD, CG, “the Legal Genealogist” will be the featured speaker for 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.”   

·       “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 20109.  Admission is $25 per person, cash or check, payable at time of registration.   Checks may be made payable to Prince William County and mailed to RELIC at the above address or delivered in person.  Please put “RELIC After Dark” on the memo line.   Space is limited so immediate registration is advised.


The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  During the evening, before, between, and after lectures, guests will be offered a variety of fancy hors d’ouevres, beverages (including wine and beer) and desserts.  The announced menu includes pecan crusted chicken, Thai beef skewers, hot crab imperial dip, mini focaccia sandwiches, fruit and cheese. Guests 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.


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

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

October 10, 11 a.m. – Researching Your Virginia Ancestors, with Don Wilson.

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

October 22, 7 p.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como.

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 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.







Presented by Don Wilson


Genealogy in Virginia has its own complexities.  Records may be lost, destroyed or difficult to locate.  Understanding how to use them may also be a challenge.  Don Wilson, Virginiana librarian for Prince William County, has been studying Virginia resources and research techniques for over thirty years.  He will present a talk “Researching Your Virginia Ancestors,” on Thursday, October 10 at 11 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Library’s community room.  In his talk, Mr. Wilson will attempt to give practical advice and step-by-step instructions for finding and documenting elusive Virginia ancestors.

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





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 Tuesday October 22 at 7 p.m., in the Bull Run Library community room. 

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




“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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