What’s New in RELIC (January 2014)

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.   




            We learned last week from Legal Genealogist Judy Russell’s blog that Congress has imposed new restrictions on access to the Social Security Death Index.  http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2013/12/30/ssdi-access-now-limited/   We will no longer have access to death information on persons who died within the past three years – and there is no point in sending a FOIA request to SSA to obtain such data.  Judy and her readers have pointed out a large number of problems this will cause, not only for genealogists, but for others who have legal, forensic and personal reasons for needing that data.  Her blog includes comments on how concerned persons can address the problem.



 The Prince William Public Library System will be conducting an online survey Wednesday January 15th through Saturday February 15th, 2014 to find out how our patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Patrons who complete the survey will be taken to a separate page to enter their name and contact information into a weekly drawing for a 2 GB USB flash drive!  Drawings will be held January 21, January 27, February 3, February 10 and February 18 from entries received the prior week.  In the case of multiple entries only one prize per patron will be awarded.

As part of this survey, RELIC is interested in learning what impact our online services have on our customers.   Do you use our Digital Library?  Electronic resources such as Heritage Quest, Obituaries and Death Notices, or the Local Newspaper Index?  Our pathfinders such as “Roots in Prince William” or “Chasing the Civil War”?  Interlibrary loan?   Please let us know.  Thanks.






Many persons are aware of the controversy surrounding the discovery of gravesites on the property where the next Prince William high school will be built. Detailed background on this issue can be found here. The Prince William Committee of 100 is pleased to present an in-depth examination of what has happened so far and how similar situations that arise in the future could be handled.   The program, “Can You Rest in Peace in Prince William County?” will be held on Wednesday, January 8, at 7:45 p.m., at Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, Virginia. 

The moderator is Charlie Grymes, Chairman of the Prince William Conservation Alliance.  Panelists include Julie Langan, Acting Director and State Historic Preservation  Officer, Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Joanna Wilson Green, Archaeology Stewardship & Easements, Office of Preservation Incentives, Virginia Department of Historic Resources; Martin Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, Prince William County;  Bill Olson, President, Historic Prince William, Member, Prince William County Historical Commission, Cemetery Committee  Chairman; Don Wilson, Director of RELIC (Ruth E. Lloyd Information  Center), Bull Run Regional Library. For all the details on the program, please go here.





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.


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

February 12, 2 p.m. – Did You Know? Fascinating Stories about Prince William County History, with Don Wilson.

February 25, 7 p.m. – The Latest in Online Mapping Tools, with Rick Sayre.  [new program]

February 26, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como.  (Note:  There will be no session on January 16.)


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




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 Wednesday, February 26, at 11 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Library. (We listed an additional session on January 16 in error last month.)

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.





Presented by Don Wilson


Don Wilson, Virginiana Librarian, was been studying Prince William’s unique past for over 30 years.  Join him as he shares some of his favorite stories about Prince William County’s rich 283-year history. 

This free program will be presented on Wednesday, February 12, at 2 p.m. in the community room of Bull Run Regional Library.  It is co-sponsored by the Manassas Lifelong Learning Institute.  To reserve a seat, please contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or at relic2@pwcgov.org.




Presented by Rick Sayre


Learn about the exploding world of online mapping tools for genealogists from certified genealogist Rick Sayre.  A retired military officer, Rick has an M.A. in Management Information Serives and currently works for the Defense Department as a civilian.

This free program will be presented on Tuesday, February 25, at 7 p.m. in the community room of Bull Run Regional Library.   To reserve a seat, please 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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