May 2020 - The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center for Genealogy and Local History (RELIC)
Start your historical journey today at pwcgov.org/relic! Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialty as a service provided by the Prince William Public Library System. 

All Prince William Public Libraries are currently closed to the public. All previously scheduled programs have been canceled or postponed. 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].

Last month, we described important genealogy and history databases that are directly available to you through our Digital Library, pwcgov.org/digitallibrary. We are pleased to report that home access to Ancestry Library Edition has been extended until May 31.
Although the following online databases are not freely available from home, RELIC staff have access to them. If you need research from any of them, please contact us for assistance:
  • Binns Genealogy - Early Virginia tax lists from 1782 to about 1810.
  • Fold3 - American military records.
  • Newspapers.com (Publisher Extra edition).
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society (American Ancestors).
RELIC continues as an affiliate of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (FamilySearch.org). If you are unable to access documents from FamilySearch, please contact RELIC for help. We may be able to download particular documents and forward them to you.
A variety of special databases can be accessed at the Library of Virginia website using your email associated with your LVA card account. If you do not already have a LVA account, you may register online. To register, you must have a valid Virginia driver's license. Once you have registered and have been verified as a Virginia resident, you may access the special databases. Among the special databases are:
  • ProQuest History Vault (Southern plantation records, African American slavery sources)
  • Oxford English Dictionary (historical definitions and usage)
  • FIMO (Fire Insurance Maps Online - for Virginia, in color)
  • ProQuest Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (for Virginia)
  • American Civil War Database
  • Civil War in Words and Deeds
  • Newspaper Archive
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Civil War Era 1840-1865
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers - Black Newspaper Collection

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

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