What’s New in RELIC (October 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.   






          New content has recently been added to our Digital Library at  http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm


  • The Historic Sites File now covers Prince William houses and sites for letters A through P.
  • St. Paul Episcopal Church records (Haymarket, Virginia), 1837-1995 have been made accessible courtesy of the Prince William County Genealogical Society.
  • Maps now includes a link to J. F. Gilmer’s 1864 map of eastern and central Virginia, image courtesy of the Library of Congress.  It shows Prince William and surrounding counties in a fair amount of detail.





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.  Unless otherwise stated, 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.


[October is Family History Month]

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.


[We’re remembering U.S. Veterans in November]

November 14, 11 a.m. – Headstone Records for U.S. Military Veterans, 1879-1985, with Claire Kluskens.

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

December 12, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 101, with Beverly Veness.


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





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 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 Wednesday, October 16 at 7 p.m., at Potomac Community Library.    “Genealogy101,” will highlight the numerous free genealogical resources available at RELIC and will explore basic techniques for tracking ancestors.  Potomac Library is located at 2201 Opitz Boulevard in Woodbridge, Virginia.

This program will also be repeated at Bull Run Regional Library, on Thursday, December 12, at 11 a.m.  To register for either session please email Relic2@pwcgov.org, or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.






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.






Presented by Claire Kluskens


          Significant Federal involvement in permanent recognition of the final resting place of deceased U.S. military personnel began with the establishment of the first national military cemeteries in 1862.   This lecture focuses on records of headstones provided for U.S. military veterans buried in nonfederal cemeteries, 1879 and later.  The speaker, Claire Kluskens, is Reference and Projects Archivist for the National Archives.  The talk is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 11.m. at Bull Run Regional Library.

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





Presented by Marie Varrelman Melchiori


          The National Archives holds Federal military service records from the Revolutionary War to 1912.  Military records from World War I to the present are held in the National Military Personnel Records Center (NPRC), in St. Louis, Missouri.  Learn what you can, and cannot yet, access online from National Archives Military Records Specialist Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL. 

          This program is scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at Bull Run Library’s 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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