What’s New in RELIC (February 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.   


          Thanks to Joan W. Peters, we have added her collection of abstracts of records of Stafford County African Americans, 1790-1867, filed under Historic Records, 1700-1800.  Our Historic Sites File now has documents of Prince William County historic sites beginning with letters A through P.


 The Prince William Public Library System will be conducting an online survey 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 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.


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.

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

February 26, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como. 

March 12, 2 p.m. – Genealogy 101, with Beverly Veness.

March 25, 7 p.m. – Organizing Your Genealogy Research, with Diane Nesmeyer.  [rescheduled]

April 17, 11 a.m. – Identification and Care of Family Photographs, with Dale Neighbors.

April 22, 7 p.m. – Manassas Gap Railroad Independent Line, with Clark Spitler

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



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.


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 Wednesday, February 26, 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 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 Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m.  To register please contact RELIC at Relic2@pwcgov.org, or  at (703) 792-4540.


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, March 25, at 7 p.m., at Bull Run Regional Library.  (This program was snowed out in January.  Ms. Nesmeyer graciously agreed to reschedule it in March.) 

To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or at relic2@pwcgov.org.



Presented by Dale Neighbors

Dale Neighbors, Prints and Photographs Collection Coordinator for Special Collections at the Library of Virginia, will share his expertise on how to identify and care for your family photos.  This free program will be presented on Thursday, April 17, at 11 a.m., at Bull Run Regional Library.

To reserve a seat for this event, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or at relic2@pwcgov.org.



An Informal Survey by Clark Spitler

From 1851 to 1857, the Manassas Gap Railroad attempted to build an independent line running from Gainesville to Alexandria.  Although the line was never completed, the cuts and fills made in preparation for it provided important protective embankments during the Second Battle of Manassas, 1862.  Clark Spitler has explored the complete route of the line and photographed surviving segments of it, resulting in an illustrated book.  He will take you on an armchair tour of the rail line on Tuesday, April 22, 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.

  “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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