Genealogy and Local History Programs

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Provided by Prince William County

Researching family genealogy can be challenging and can take a certain amount of determination, given the complexities of historic records. The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) will host several events in September to help people learn more about their family history. All events will be held at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Avenue, Manassas.


RELIC Librarian Don Wilson will moderate a roundtable discussion from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. He’ll discuss finding records that are most useful for searching genealogy.

Brianne Kirkpatrick and Shannon Combs-Bennett, authors of the book “The DNA Guide for Adoptees,” will be at the library from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. They will talk about how much easier it is these days for adoptees to find answers about biological families. They will give tips on how to use genealogy and genetic testing to uncover familial roots and understand medical history.

George Mason was one of the country’s founding fathers and a local Virginia resident. He wrote the Declaration of Rights that eventually served as the foundation for the U.S. Bill of Rights, but refused to sign the U.S. Constitution. “George Mason: The Statesman” will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Historian Tom Moncure will discuss why Mason took his stance regarding the Constitution.


RELIC is a special collection of resources devoted to genealogy and local history, mainly focused on Virginia and Prince William County. It is open during regular library hours. Trained staff can help find family history and research people and places, and events associated with local history. The collection includes published manuscripts, indexes, research guides, photographs, maps and computer databases.

For more information and to register for the free events, call 703-792-4540 or email [email protected].


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