What’s New in RELIC – March 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.   





If you missed military historian Ron Mayer’s excellent slide presentation last year about “The Battle of Bristoe Station and Its Importance in the Civil War,” you have another opportunity.  Historic Prince William is sponsoring the talk to be given on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 107 of the Development Services Building, at the Prince William County Government Center off the Prince William County Parkway, at 5 County Complex Court.  Mr. Mayer is a retired Air Force officer, a member of the Prince William County Historical Commission and the Bull Run Civil War Roundtable.  He has extensively researched the battles that took place in Prince William County.  He explains military situations through the use of current day mapping and illustrations that enhance his presentation.  This program is free and open to the public.  For more information see http://historicprincewilliam.org.




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.

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 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.   Learn about popular historic photographic methods – including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, glass plate negatives, and film negatives, and how improper handling can cause or further deterioration.  Get advice from an expert.  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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