What’s New in RELIC (June 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.


Please note that we are now closed on Sundays until September.   





About 1827 the Clerk of the Court for Prince William County prepared an index to all deeds recorded here since 1731.  Although the alphabet for letters A-L has disappeared, the remaining volume (M-W) is an important supplement to the existing land records.  This is because a number of Prince William deed books disappeared in 1863.  At least we still have the names of the parties and an approximate date for each document.  Used along with rent rolls (land tax lists) and court minutes, a deed’s contents may be partly reconstructed.  Because the index is two-way (both grantor and grantee), any deed in which either of the parties has a surname from the last half of the alphabet will be included.  Thus we are only missing data on about a quarter of our deeds, those in which both parties have surnames A through L.

This index is now available online thanks to volunteer Charlotte Cain who prepared a consolidated database listing all names by grantor or grantee.  Also included is a chronological (book by book and page by page) listing of the entries.  The whole surviving index is there and can be searched using CTRL+F.  Go to http://eservice.pwcgov.org/library/digitalLibrary/index.htm and click on Prince William County Deeds Index 1731-1827.





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.


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).

September 20  – RELIC After Dark, with John Colletta.  $


          “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.






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.




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.




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.




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.







Registration will begin on August 1 for our fall special event, our tenth annual “RELIC After Dark,” to be held on Saturday evening, September 20, 2014, at Bull Run Regional Library.  We’ve engaged nationally known genealogist and popular speaker John Philip Colletta to return after a five year absence.  His topic: “Is Any Body There? – Tracking Ancestral Remains.”   It is a humorous account of some of his experiences searching for burial places of ancestors, along with lessons on finding ancestral graves and conducting genealogical research in general.  The event, costing $25 per person, will include a buffet dinner, assorted beverages, and allow opportunity to do your own genealogical research using RELIC’s facilities.  Seats are expected to go quickly, so early registration is recommended, after August 1.




 “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, June to August (ET):  Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed Federal holidays.  On September 7 we’ll resume Sunday service, noon-5pm.


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