Saturday, May 04, 2013


May 2013
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:

To read the latest lists of new materials available in RELIC click on What's New in RELIC.   

The book Manassas City Cemetery added to our Digital Library last month is now OCR searchable. . 
We now have a link to a chronological list of every Clerk of the Court who has served Prince William County since 1731.
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.  All these programs will take place at the community room at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA.  Most programs last about one hour.  You may register for any of these programs at 703-792-4540 or   For details see RELIC Programs.

May 7, 7 p.m. – Genealogy 201: Beyond the Basics, with Tish Como.
May 16, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 101, with Bev Veness.
May 21, 7 p.m. – Finding Your Family in the News, with Don Wilson.
June 13, 11 a.m. – Genealogy 201, with Tish Como. (Repeat)
June 25, 7 p.m. – Understanding Genetic Genealogy, with Jim Logan; repeated July 11, 2 p.m.
July 23, 7 p.m. – Unleash the Power of Google to Find Your Ancestors, with Susie Besecker.

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

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 Tuesday May 7 at 7 p.m., in the Bull Run Library community room.  It will be repeated on Thursday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
To reserve a seat for this free program, contact RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or at

Presented by Beverly Veness
Those curious about their family history have an opportunity to learn about methods, strategies and resources for tracing their roots at a free session conducted by Beverly Veness of the RELIC staff.   The 90-minute program, “Genealogy 101,” will highlight the numerous free genealogical resources available at RELIC and will explore basic techniques for tracking ancestors. 
The program will be presented on Thursday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at Bull Run Regional Library. 
To register for this free program, stop by the library at 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, VA 20109, email, or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540 or TTY: (703) 792-4524. 
Presented by Don Wilson
          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 and more.  The program includes a guide to the most useful online databases.
          The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  To register for this free program email , or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.
Presented by J. J. “Jim” Logan
Have you had, or are you considering having your DNA tested for family history research?  Learn about the various types of genetic genealogy testing and what they can mean for your genealogy research.  This program will be presented by J. J. “Jim” Logan, group leader of the Fairfax County Genealogical Society’s Genetic Genealogy Special Interest Group (SIG); he is also group administrator of J-mtDNA and Logan DNA projects at FTDNA. 
The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m., and will be repeated on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m.  To register for this free program email , or call RELIC at (703) 792-4540.

Presented by Susie Besecker
          Technology instructor and amateur genealogist Susie Besecker will demonstrate the various ways you can use Google to grow and enhance your family tree.
The program will be presented at Bull Run Regional Library on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  To register for this free program email, or call RELIC 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 .  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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