March 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.
Professional genealogist Jennifer Banks will teach how to use FamilySearch, the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources, more effectively. She will provide a detailed explanation of what the search boxes do and do not access as well as showing how to access the unindexed records. She will also demonstrate how to access online learning courses, various online trees, books, wiki, and catalog. Handouts will be provided. Please join us for a great learning experience.

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

Chapman Mill
Archaeologist and cartographer Patrick O'Neill will describe research he has done on the property at Thoroughfare Gap owned by the Chapman family. It contains the iconic structure, also known as Beverley Mill, that ground corn for the community for over 200 years.


Discovering your family history is both fun and rewarding. RELIC's Darlene Hunter will demonstrate the essential first steps to take and the resources to use, most of which are available for free through the library to ensure that your research is accurate, complete, and well documented.

The fifth annual Prince William County/Manassas History Symposium, "If I Were Today a Virginian," will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, in Manassas, Virginia. Local historians will present talks on the following topics:
  • Prince William County's Own: The Third Virginia Regiment in the American Revolution
  • "The Town's Full of Bluecoats" - Prince William County during the Spanish American War
  • Jennie Dean and the Manassas Industrial School
  • Prince William County at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Virginia vs. Lorena Bobbitt: Looking Back 25 Years Later
After the sessions, attend a Hands-On Reception with the Curator at the Manassas Museum to further explore one of the day's engaging topics.
There is a $10 registration fee for the Symposium.

PWC Old Court House
Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Avenue, in Manassas, Virginia

An exclusive optional bus tour of historic private homes in Prince William County is set for Sunday, March 31, 2019. The $50 registration fee (separate from the Symposium fee) includes a box lunch.
To register for these events call 703-7092-4754 or email. Events are sponsored by the Historic Preservation Division, Prince William County Historical Commission, Historic Prince William, and the Manassas Museum.

RELIC's Don Wilson will discuss effective research strategies and demonstrate advanced techniques for successfully searching and evaluating free online genealogy/ history resources. See how information found in census, newspapers, passenger lists, maps, books, and manuscripts can add detail and interest to your family history.


Ravensworth was the largest colonial land grant in Fairfax County, some 24,112 acres. This is a story of colonial settlement, early government, tobacco plantations, slavery, civil war, economic expansion, the rise and decline of family farms, and suburban development - next door to the nation's capital - involving people, places, and events, both famous and obscure. Notable historic figures connected to Ravensworth include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. Author John Browne shares this story.


Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]
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.
Prince William Public Library System, 13083 Chinn Park Drive, Prince William, VA 22192