August 2020 - 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 System. You can always find more about us at pwcgov.org/relic.
Central Library is currently being renovated. When that renovation is complete, tentatively set for August, RELIC will reopen in spacious new quarters there. Meanwhile, reference service by phone and email is still available. RELIC's service hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 703-792-4540 and [email protected].

The following virtual programs can be accessed on our website beginning on the dates shown. Previous RELIC programs can be viewed on RELIC's Programs page.


Courts and their records were here from the beginnings of local government, recording the daily lives of our ancestors, including land ownership, lawsuits, and probate of estates. An understanding of the format, language, and content of these records is essential for successful research in early American genealogy.

RELIC is a long-time affiliate of the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. That affiliation gives us access to many online digital records that can otherwise only be viewed at LDS FamilySearch Centers. At this time, many FamilySearch Centers are closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there are a number of affiliate libraries in Virginia, it appears that RELIC is the only one in the northern part of the state. RELIC's services are currently limited to phone and email contact, but it is often possible for us to download and email you images from digitized FHL microfilm. If you need help accessing foreign or out-of-state records, give us a call 703-792-4540 or send an [email protected]. We should be able to respond within a couple of days with the items you need.
Don't forget: If you are researching Prince William families or historic topics, that's where we shine. Let us help you grapple with your research questions.
The following virtual programs can be accessed on our website beginning on the dates shown. Previous RELIC programs can be viewed on RELIC's Programs page.


After 25 years at the Bull Run Regional Library, the RELIC department has moved to a new home at the renovated and reopened Central Community Library. RELIC's Kirk Johnson leads this brief "virtual tour" along with an overview of the resources and materials available for patrons researching their family history or the history of our community.

All U.S. residents descend from immigrants. Those who arrived within the past 500 years may have a paper trail. RELIC's Don Wilson will describe passenger lists and naturalization records and how to find them.

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

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[email protected] or 703-792-8150
Questions and comments are always welcome.
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