What’s New in RELIC (May 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.   

 

 

NEW IN OUR ONLINE DIGITAL LIBRARY

 

You can now see dozens of photographs taken in 1904 of the landscape of western Prince William County, linked to a map showing where they were taken.  They are part of the records of the U.S. Army Maneuvers of 1904 preserved at the National Archives and Library of Congress, and cover roughly the same area where the two battles of Bull Run (Manassas) took place in 1861-62.   Go to http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm  and click on Maps : 1904 Army Maneuver Grounds and Photos.  Click on a numbered circle and a small image will appear at the right of the map.  Click on the image to enlarge it.  A few of the photos relate to land in adjoining Fairfax County.

 

 

RELIC PROGRAMS

 

Here are our latest offerings.  Funding for selected 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.

 

May 15, 11 a.m. – Using Technology to Organize and Share Your Genealogical Research, with Don Wilson

May 20, 7 p.m. – Using Technology to Organize and Share Your Genealogical Research, with Don Wilson (repeat).

June 7, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics, with Tish Como.

June 24, 7 p.m. – History in Your Backyard?  Prince William County Historic Sites, with Rebecca Super.

July 22, 7 p.m. – Genealogy 101: Getting Started, with Beverly Veness.

August 14, 11 a.m. – Tracing American Ancestors before 1850, with Don Wilson

August 26, 7 p.m. – Tracing American Ancestors before 1850, with Don Wilson (repeat).

 

 

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

 

For a comprehensive list of upcoming genealogical programs scheduled in the Washington metropolitan area we recommend you see Harold’s List, compiled monthly by genealogist Harold McClendon of Mount Vernon, Virginia:  http://mvgenealogy.org/PDFs/Upcoming_Genealogy_Events.pdf or email him at haroldm@erols.com to subscribe.

 

 

 

 

Using Technology to Organize

and Share Your genealogical Research

Presented by Don Wilson

 

At our March program Diane Nesmeyer described how to organize papers and documents you’ve collected in your genealogical research.  Now learn how to save, organize and share them electronically.  RELIC’s Don Wilson will demonstrate some of the options available today, including software programs, websites, and special equipment.   Audience feedback and input to the program are encouraged.

This program will be presented on Thursday, May 15 at 11 a.m. and repeated on Tuesday, May 20, 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 201:  BEYOND THE BASICS

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 Thursday, June 7, 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.

 

 

HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD?

Presented by Rebecca Super

 

The Prince William County Division of Historic Preservation manages over 300 acres and a dozen buildings in Prince William County.  Discover which sites are in your backyard, their history and how you can learn more.  This program will be presented by Rebecca Super, site manager of Rippon Lodge, one of our most historic homes. 

The slide talk will be given on Tuesday, June 24, 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 101: GETTING STARTED

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 Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m.  To register please contact RELIC at Relic2@pwcgov.org, or at (703) 792-4540.

 

 

TRACING AMERICAN ANCESTORS BEFORE 1850

Presented by Don Wilson

 

Before 1850, the lack of census detail and official vital records can make genealogy difficult.  Your immigrant ancestor may seem to be out of reach.  Explore sources and techniques to overcome that barrier with RELIC’s Don Wilson. 

This free 90-minute program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Thursday, August 14, at 11 a.m. and be repeated on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m.  To register please contact RELIC at Relic2@pwcgov.org, or at (703) 792-4540.

 

 

 

 “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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