What’s New in RELIC (November 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.   






          The latest addition to our Digital Library is Joan W. Peters’ work, Slave and Free Negro Records from the Prince William County Court Minute and Order Books, 1752-1763, 1766-1769, 1804-1806, 1812-1814, 1833-1865 (Broad Run, Va.: Albemarle Research, 1996).  Click on the following link    http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm and find it under Historic Records, 1700-1800.  It covers all mentions of African Americans found in those records, including registrations of slaves and free Negroes, emancipations, arrests and lawsuits.  The database is keyword searchable (use CTRL+F).   It does not cover persons mentioned in deeds, wills, inventories, sales or tax lists.  There are also gaps in the court minutes as shown in the years of coverage.  We are grateful to Joan for allowing us to post her work online.





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.  Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes.  You may register for any of these programs at 703-792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.   For details see RELIC Programs.


[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.

January 9, 7 p.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como (at Chinn Park Library)

January 16, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como (at Bull Run Library)

January 21, 7 p.m. – Organizing Your Genealogy Research, with Diane Nesmeyer.

January 22, 2 p.m. – Get More Out of Google, with Susie Besecker.


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




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.  Whether or not the stone is extant, these records may provide valuable information.   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





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, will highlight the numerous free genealogical resources available at RELIC and will explore basic techniques for tracking ancestors.  

This program will also be presented at Bull Run Regional Library, on Thursday, December 12, at 11 a.m.  To register please contact RELIC at Relic2@pwcgov.org, or  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 Thursday, January 9, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Chinn Park Regional Library, 13065 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA 22192.  The program will be repeated on Thursday, January 16, at 11 a.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 Diane Nesmeyer


          Do you love to research but hate organizing your findings?  Or are you just overwhelmed and not sure how to begin arranging all of the documents you’ve collected in a way that makes sense?  Learn strategies for tracking the tangible results of your research.  You will ultimately save time and become a better genealogist.  This program will be presented by veteran genealogist Diane Nesmeyer on Tuesday, January 21, at 7 p.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 Susie Besecker


          Technology instructor and amateur genealogist Susie Besecker will demonstrate various ways to unleash the power of Google for searches ranging from weather and movie times to tips for finding information to enhance your family tree.

          This free program will be presented on Wednesday, January 22, at 2 p.m. in the community room of Bull Run Regional Library.  To reserve a seat, 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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