Researching family genealogy can be challenging and take some determination, given the complexities of historic records.Prince William County’s Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center, or RELIC, will try to simplify the process, hosting events that can help people find out more about their family history. All events will be held at the Bull Run Regional Library, 8051 Ashton Ave., in Manassas, on September Thursdays starting on the 12th.

RELIC Librarian Don Wilson will moderate a roundtable discussion from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, on where people can get tips on how to find records that are most useful for searching their particular genealogy.
Brianne Kirkpatrick and Shannon Combs-Bennett, authors of the book “The DNA Guide for Adoptees,” will be at the library from 7-8 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.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, find out why George Mason, one of the country’s founding fathers and local Virginia resident, 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. People who attend “George Mason: The Statesman” between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with historian Tom Moncure will learn 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 with trained staff to help find family history and research people and places, as well as 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

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