EXPLORE RELIC
May 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.
7:00 p.m.
 
Come and discuss the challenges of your family research in a group environment, and get tips for new approaches. Moderated by RELIC's Don Wilson.
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A RELIC VOLUNTEER?
 
RELIC is looking for a few volunteers to help deliver information to our online database of Prince William newspapers.   Since 1993, we have used volunteers to produce indexes to our local newspapers, a database that has grown to over 100 thousand stories. You can see and search our database here. It is complete with articles published in the Manassas Journal Messenger since 1993.  Its sister paper, The Potomac News, has a backlog for the late 1990s that we would like to update.  

That is why we are making this special request for new indexers.  Please apply if you have the qualifications and could devote two hours a week. This index has been of tremendous help to the public and to the library staff in answering questions dealing with local news.
 
To apply for this position please visit our volunteer application
 
RELIC Newspaper Data Entry Volunteer
 
LOCATION:  
Bull Run Regional Library (where supervisor is located)
JOB DESCRIPTION:  
Volunteer works at home at least two hours per week.  Assist RELIC staff in entering valuable information acquired from Newspaper Articles and Obituaries into an ever-growing electronic resources database.  Keep supervisor informed of your progress.
QUALIFICATIONS:  
Basic computer skills, good typing skills, detail-oriented, able to work on a regular basis as a self-starter, able to work independently
TRAINING:  
A demonstration session of approximately two hours is provided by staff to explain how to input the information from the printed newspapers into the database, according to our Standards for Newspaper Indexing.
 
At least a six-month commitment is required.  Volunteers report hours worked monthly to RELIC staff by email, in person or by phone. 
GENEALOGY 101: GETTING STARTED 
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.
 
 
NATURALIZATION: THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: A GUIDE FOR GENEALOGISTS
Although historically immigrants to the United States are not required to become 'naturalized' citizens, tens of millions did initiate the process to become naturalized. Prior to 1906, however, there is no one place to look for associated records. Family historian Larry LeDoux will present an overview of the history and RELIC's Don Wilson will explain how to locate related records associated with your ancestors.
 
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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