Start your historical journey here. RELIC's email newsletter highlights upcoming free events and happenings. Genealogy and local Virginia history are our specialties as a service provided by the Prince William Public Libraries. You can always find more about us on RELIC's webpage

RELIC service is now available in person at Central Library, 8601 Mathis Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20110, by email at [email protected], and by phone at 703-792-8380. 

Hours of Operation
Monday – Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday
All programs are now in person at Central Library unless otherwise stated. For your safety, PWPL complies with all current federal, state, and local health mandates. This program will be held at Central Library. Patrons who are unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Previous RELIC programs can be viewed on RELIC's Programs webpage.

Why is it important to write your family history? You’ve done the research. You know the stories. Now it is time to share your findings with family, the genealogical community, and generations to come. Author and genealogist Char McCargo-Bah will teach you to convert your research into an engaging and interesting narrative.
Register online, call 703-792-8380, or email [email protected].  
For much of the 19th century, Brentsville was the county seat of Prince William County. The preservation of several buildings on site, and their interpretation by Prince William Historic Preservation staff, has created a space where memories of the social history of Prince William County in the 1800s lives on. Join Historian Paige Gibbons-Backus for this in-depth look at the lived reality of Prince William County through the years. 
Register online, call 703-792-8380, or email [email protected].

On August 23, Prince William Public Libraries welcomed our new RELIC manager, Dave Shumate. Dave most recently lived and worked in the Emporia, Virginia area, but has since relocated to Manassas. He is originally from southern West Virginia and served there for several years as the director of the Princeton Public Library. He has a long-time interest in Archival Studies, which led him to obtain a master’s degree and inspired him to apply for the position with RELIC. He also has a family history connection to this region, being descended from the De la Chaumette family who came to northern Virginia from France in the late 17th century. Please greet Dave when you visit RELIC.

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Just a reminder, RELIC is one of the very few affiliate libraries of the LDS Family History Library currently open in Northern Virginia. While COVID-19 may have restricted access to individual FamilySearch Centers, RELIC still provides liberal access to most FamilySearch digital images - images that often cannot be viewed from home. If you are seeking to read or download original documents from a distant American locality or an overseas source, check with RELIC. Our public library computers may give you the access you need. RELIC staff can help you find and retrieve those important documents.
You can now make appointments for virtual or in-person visits with Don Wilson, "The Tree Doctor." We can set up an hour appointment to discuss and dive into your brick wall research problem. Call 703–792–8380 or email [email protected] to set up a time.
September 2021 -
Make sure to download our Fall 2021 Explore magazine, or grab one at your nearest library, to learn more about our upcoming events.

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Questions and comments are always welcome.