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RELIC Programs

PLEASE NOTE our current hours:

While access to the RELIC collection is available whenever Bull Run Library is open, there may not always be a RELIC staff member available to help. If you require individual assistance and/or are traveling from a distance, you may wish to call 703-792-4540 and/or email us at relic2@pwcgov.org to verify the hours when RELIC staff will be available. Current staffed hours for RELIC
All programs are presented at the Bull Run Regional Library, unless otherwise noted. To register for the following free programs, contact RELIC @ (703) 792-4540 or relic2@pwcgov.org.  Download this as a PDF

 
 
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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
“VISIT” PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY’S FANTASTIC HISTORIC SITES

Join Paige Gibbons-Backus, Historic Site Manager for Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division, for a virtual tour of our county’s restored historic buildings and sites. Learn about the history and importance of these rich and diverse historic gems and how they contributed to our community and nation’s history. Featured sites include the Rippon Lodge Historic Site, Williams’ Ordinary, the Ben Lomond Historic Site, the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, the Lucasville School, the historic Bushy Park and Barnes homes, and others.

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
Repeats Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

“VISIT” PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY’S FANTASTIC HISTORIC SITES

Join Paige Gibbons-Backus, Historic Site Manager for Prince William County’s Historic Preservation Division, for a virtual tour of our county’s restored historic buildings and sites. Learn about the history and importance of these rich and diverse historic gems and how they contributed to our community and nation’s history. Featured sites include the Rippon Lodge Historic Site, Williams’ Ordinary, the Ben Lomond Historic Site, the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre, Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park, the Lucasville School, the historic Bushy Park and Barnes homes, and others.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

USING U.S. LAND RECORDS TO SOLVE FAMILY HISTORY PUZZLES

​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.

Thursday, August 17, 11:00 a.m.

FINDING YOUR FAMILY IN THE NEWS

​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.

Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 p.m.

GENEALOGY 201: BEYOND THE BASICS

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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

​PLEASE NOTE: We are always adding new programs.
 
The Friends of Bull Run Library Need You.
Please consider joining the Friends of Bull Run Library whose efforts generously provide funding support for RELIC’s programming and help fund special speakers*. We need your membership and help with their major source of revenue, The Friends Book Shop, located in the lobby of Bull Run Library. Pick up a Friends membership application in RELIC or ask at the front information desk. Thank you very much for your consideration.​

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