July 2019 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library. We're located at Bull Run Regional Library and you can always find more about us at pwcgov.org/relic.
When the Going Gets Tough
Dead end. Brick wall. It has many nicknames, but it all means frustration! Don't give up until you try these tips and tricks to get past your genealogical research roadblocks. Your madness just needs a method. Genealogist Katie Derby will teach you how to construct a "preponderance of evidence" and the best records to turn (or return) to in order to get out of a rut. Bring your thinking caps!

Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]


American Military Records
Learn how to locate your ancestor's military records from each period in American history, including draft registrations, enlistments, muster rolls, payrolls, hospital records, pensions files, and land bounties. Discover what unit your ancestor belonged to and what campaigns they fought in. Presented by RELIC's Don Wilson.

Jennie Dean
Jennie Dean
RELIC maintains a large collection of yearbooks of area middle and high schools. Many of them have been digitized to make them more accessible and to protect the irreplaceable originals. In some instances, alumni have loaned us books for scanning.
Several yearbooks for Jennie Dean High School in Manassas, 1949 - 1966, are now posted on the Internet Archive, and can be accessed through a link at RELIC's Digital Archives. We have these images thanks to the efforts of Jennie Dean alumnus Ivy Joe Davis (class of 1963).
During racial segregation, Jennie Dean was the only secondary school for African Americans in Prince William County. It was chartered in 1893 as the Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth. Student housing was provided. For many years, it served students from several other Northern Virginia counties. National icon Frederick Douglass was a speaker at the dedication ceremony in 1894.
Jane Serepta "Jennie" Dean (1852? - 1913), a former slave from Catharpin, led the effort to establish this school. Today, Jennie Dean Elementary School, near the intersection of Wellington Road and Prince William Street, rests on the site of the original high school. A park and memorial to the Manassas Industrial School and to Jennie Dean are on the campus. The City of Manassas is currently collecting donations to erect a statue to honor Miss Dean and her vision. For details on this project.

Finding Your Italian Ancestry
Genealogist Russell DeRose gives guidance on finding and using Italian records for your family history. He will cover relevant resources both in Italy and the USA.


Deciphering atDNA Testing
DNA testing for family history is all the rage. Maybe you are curious or maybe you already have your results. Are you asking yourself, now what? In this presentation by genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett, learn how to decipher your autosomal DNA through online tools and case studies.

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

Unless otherwise stated, all of the preceding programs will take place at Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas, Virginia. Programs may last from 60 to 90 minutes. You may register for any of these free programs at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]   

You may also register online by clicking here and selecting the program date. Funding for selected RELIC programs is provided by the Friends of Bull Run Library.* To be notified of upcoming library programs and activities, you may sign up for the PWPLS newsletter.
[email protected] or 703-792-8150
Questions and comments are always welcome.
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