August 2017 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history is our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library. We're located at Bull Run Regional Library and you can always find more about us at www.pwcgov.org/relic.

Thursday, August 17, 11:00 a.m.
Land records often contain a wealth of genealogical, historical and legal information. Depending upon the type and time period, they may present new insights about ancestors, family history, title, and land use issues. In addition to providing location and date of settlement, records may attest to one's age, place of birth, citizenship, military service, literacy, and economic status, and may even include similar information about family members. RELIC staff genealogist, Darlene Hunter, will provide examples of various land records and how to locate them.

Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.
Using newspaper archives for historical research has never been easier. RELIC's Don Wilson will describe how a growing number of newspapers online may be searched for items useful for family and local history. Now you can find obituaries, marriage notices, court cases, advertisements, news items, local gossip, photos - anything that might appear between the pages of the hometown gazette. He will show how to find those databases and put them to use.

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
RELIC Librarian Tish Como demonstrates how to locate records and resources that will add interest and detail to your family tree, while emphasizing the importance of developing good research habits, critically evaluating records and findings and using advanced search techniques for better results.
RELIC has been an affiliate library of the Family History Library for over fifteen years.  Persons wanting to borrow from the millions of microfilms at Salt Lake City can have those films delivered to RELIC for viewing. 

We recently received word that the film lending program will be discontinued on September 1, 2017.   From now on, Salt Lake will concentrate on digitizing the remaining films and posting them on FamilySearch.org, but it will take until at least 2020 before they are completed.
If you think you will need particular films before 2020, you have until August 31 to place an order.   Please note that now, for the regular $7.50 rental fee, your film will be placed on extended (indefinite) loan.   

Click on the button below for instructions for selecting and ordering films.  If you have any questions, feel free to call RELIC at 703-792-4540.

Discovering your family's history is both fun and rewarding. RELIC's Tish Como will demonstrate the essential first steps to take, and resources to use - most of which are available for free through the library - to ensure that your research is accurate, complete and well-documented.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m.


We are sorry but this program has been canceled.

Do you have old family photographs that suffer from neglect, fading, dust or worse? Photographer and family genealogist Carl Schellenberg will explain, and demonstrate, how you can enhance those family treasures and in the process help bring your ancestors back to life.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:00 a.m.


John R. Maass will examine Prince William County's colonial and Revolutionary War era history, including the military operations in the western part of the county. Dr. Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. His most recent books are The Road to Yorktown and George Washington's Virginia. Copies will be available for sale after his presentation.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
To read the latest lists of new materials available please click on What's New in RELIC.

Unless otherwise stated, all of the preceding programs will take place at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia.  Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes.  You may register for any of these free programs at 703-792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.   

You may also register online at RELIC Programs by clicking on the program date. Funding for selected RELIC programs is provided by the Friends of Bull Run Library.*  To be notified of upcoming library programs and activities, you may sign up for the PWPLS newsletter
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