October 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.
Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia is the official library for the state and an extensive repository of historical records. Kevin Shupe, reference archivist, will present an overview of the Library of Virginia genealogical resources, including archival and online materials.


Bill Backus, historian and preservationist, will present a talk about life in Prince William County in 1919. Learn about the effects of the Great War and how the county was changing on the eve of the roaring '20s.

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Register at 703-792-4540 or [email protected]


Meet representatives from local history organizations, explore genealogy resources, and enter to win a raffle prize! Hear preservationist Bill Backus, tour neighboring Barnes House, former tavern and home of freed slave Eppa Barnes, and help us unveil the new historical marker.
This program will be held at Montclair Community Library.

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

The Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and the Library of Virginia partnered to create a WWI and WWII online collection. Everyone is invited to bring WWI and WWII related images, letters, and documents to be scanned, preserved, and made accessible in the Library of Virginia's archives.
Thursday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Register at 703-792-4540 or 
[email protected]

Benjamin Tasker Chinn
Thanks to many donations and the ceaseless work of one of our volunteers, RELIC has a sizeable collection of photographs highlighting the history of Prince William County. A catalog and index of those photos can be seen at Photographic Archive of Prince William County, Virginia: A Catalog of Historic Photos in the Collection of The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC), Prince William Public Library System, compiled and indexed by Margaret B. Binning.
That collection is arranged first by source or major topic (Series), second by minor topic or subtopic (Group), and third by individual photo or negative number. Each photo is given a unique number based on that arrangement. Thus, photo 14-02-07 is part of Series 14 (called "Prince William County People and Places"), within Group 2 ("Chinn and Tyler Family Photos" loaned by Elie Ivancic and Dorothy West). This photo (number 7 in this group) is the only portrait we have seen of historical figure Benjamin Tasker Chinn (1807-1886). It was included with an article on the Chinn family by Dian McNaught that was published in 2002 in Prince William Reliquary.

To find a photo in our collection, after opening the Photographic Archive, use CTRL+F and put in a keyword or phrase. That will take you to applicable entries in the database. We have indexed photos in published works as well as photos in our archival files. You can search by personal name, place name, subject, or random keyword. This index may help you find a photo in a book on your own shelf. If you need an image of a particular photo, our staff would be happy to assist you.
We are constantly on the lookout for photos or images not already in our collection. Even recent photos of people, places, or events related to Prince William, Manassas, or Manassas Park, are welcome. The photos do not have to be donated. Many of the most treasured images in our care are digital scans of photos that were briefly loaned to us.
The Library of Virginia (LVA) is furnishing two important programs to us in October: "Using the Library of Virginia Website" is an overview of the services and resources provided by the Library, October 3, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., at Bull Run Regional Library. The second program, "Operation Digitization: Profiles of Honor - WWI and WWII Scanning Program," is an all-day scanning project to collect images related to the two World Wars. LVA and RELIC are interested not only in pictures, documents, and letters of the soldiers and sailors themselves, but of local activities related to the wars - air raid wardens, scrap metal drives, family gatherings, public events, social activities. If you have something in your possession that might be of interest, please bring it to Bull Run Library on October 24. The intention is to quickly scan it while you wait and immediately return it to you.
A reminder: October is Family History Month. There's no better time to organize and identify your family photos, interview your older relatives, and contact RELIC for help with your genealogical research.
Genealogy 101
Discovering your family's history is both fun and rewarding. RELIC's Darlene Hunter, Certified Genealogist, will demonstrate the essential first steps to take and resources to use, most of which are available for free through the library.

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

RELIC's Don Wilson will detail the use of population censuses as well as non-population schedules. Explore the peculiarities of these records and learn to use mortality, agricultural, and industrial schedules; the defective, dependent, and delinquent classes, and more.

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