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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 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, by email at relic2@pwcgov.org, and by phone at 703-792-8380.

Hours of Operation – Effective July 6

Monday to Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Upcoming Virtual Programs

The following virtual programs can be accessed here beginning on the dates shown. Previous RELIC programs can be viewed on RELIC’s Programs webpage.
Nearly every American has at least one ancestor who served in the military. Military records dating back to the Revolution are available to researchers. RELIC Librarian Don Wilson will demonstrate strategies for successful military records research in this prerecorded presentation.
August is the last month of summer vacation for most families. With a few more weeks of freedom left, but summer traffic at its worst, some families may want to get one last end-of-summer outing in without spending a lot of time in stop-and-go interstate traffic. RELIC Librarian Kirk Johnson gives a quick virtual tour of various local sites of historical interest that are close to home – even though many would be worth a long drive – in this prerecorded presentation.

Tracking Business Records of Prince William County

RELIC has a number of directories and manuscript records of Prince William County businesses from the nineteenth century to the present.
Among the local business records in RELIC’s manuscripts collection are the following:
Papers of Elias E. Conner (1830 – 1909), primarily a collection of ledgers and business receipts from his general store near Manassas (1850s to 1870s), were donated to RELIC by a descendant. Some of the material has been scanned, but it still lacks organization and a finding aid.
An Alvey General Store Ledger, Catharpin, Virginia, 1870s, was left with RELIC some years ago. It still awaits some attention.
Account Book of W. Fletcher, Buckland, Va., July 1876 – July 1879. Westwood Fletcher (1845 – 1903) obtained a merchant’s license in May 1876 and April 1877. He seems not to have continued his store after that. In 2018, the owners of this ledger loaned it to RELIC to allow us to scan it.
The following items can be seen in the Online Catalog for more detail:
  • C. F. Whitmer and Bros., Manassas, Va., store ledger 1890 – 1894, 1900 – 1902.
  •  National Bank of Manassas, ledgers and papers, ca. 1895 to ca. 1930.
  • C. E. Fisher and Son Hardware Store, Manassas, papers, 1926 – 1950.
  • Manassas Community Theatre, scrapbook, 1952 – 1962.

The following are some useful business directories for this region:

  • Prince William County Chamber of Commerce. Business Link (and other titles), 1981 – 1997.
  • Prince William County – Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce. Pacesetter (and News), 1979 – 1993.
  • Prince William Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Region’s Chamber, 1998 – .
  • Contacts Influential, Northern Virginia (1983/84, 1990/91). Directories of businesses indexed by company name, SIC, address, key personnel, phone numbers.
  • Leadsource: The Business List Source: Northern Virginia (1989). Same format as Contacts Influential.

Visit the “Tree Doctor”

You can now make appointments for virtual or in-person visits with Don Wilson, “The Tree Doctor.” RELIC can set up an hour appointment to discuss and dive into your brick wall research problem. Call 703–792–8380 or email relic2@pwcgov.org to set up a time.

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