Saturday, August 18, 2012

RELIC After Dark: Megan Smolenyak


Nationally-known genealogist Megan Smolenyak will return for the eighth annual RELIC After Dark, RELIC's special event scheduled for the evening of Saturday, September 29, 2012.  Ms. Smolenyak is the author of six books, including Hey America, Your Roots Are Showing, and Who Do You Think You Are? She has appeared on national television many times.

For RELIC After Dark her talk will be “Cases That Made My Brain Hurt.”

This gala event will last from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.  The cost is $25 per person, and will include a buffet dinner with assorted beverages and desserts, an opportunity to conduct personal research, and complimentary printing from microfilm and electronic resources.  

RELIC is now accepting reservations. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Suggested attire is dressy casual. Checks should be made payable to Prince William Public Library System (or PWPLS), with “RELIC After Dark” on the memo line.  

Please contact RELIC at 703-792-4540 or for further information. Payment is required in advance.

Learn more about Ms. Smolenyak's work at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Will: Oscar F. Pattie

PWCo Will Book S
Pages 237-238

Will of Oscar F. Pattie

I Oscar F. Pattie of the County of Prince William State of Virginia being of sound mind and memory but weak in bodily health, do make and declare this as my last will and testament. In the first place I desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid. After which I give and bequeath the whole of my property real personal and mixed to my beloved wife Susan E. Pattie during her natural life. After her death, the whole of said property to be equally divided between my four children Edgar Irving Richard Ella S. and Mary F. and in the event of the death of either or any of said children, their property is to be equally divided between the surviving children. I also desire if my wife thinks it best to do so, shall sell any of the said property and reinvest the money at her discretion.

I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Susan E. Pattie executrix of this my last will and testament, and desire that the Court will not hold her to security.

Witness my hand & seal this 17th January 1873.

O. F. Pattie {seal}

Signed and acknowledged in the presence of
John B. Hunton
P. H. Delaplane
James W. Hunton
James A. Pattie
Al____ C_______ [last name illegible]

In Prince William County Court Nov. 3rd 1873

The last will and testament of Oscar F. Pattie was this day presented in Court by Susan E. Pattie the executrix therein named & being proved by the oaths of P. H. Delaplane and James A. Pattie two of the subscribing witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Susan E. Pattie who took the oath of an executrix acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $500 (the said will not requiring any security of her) conditioned according to law which bond is ordered to be recorded certificate is granted the said Susan E. Pattie for obtaining a Probate of said will in due form.

L. A. Davis, Clerk

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

To Be Sold ...

Classified ads have been around for centuries and can contain a wealth of genealogical information.  They can also give some insight into an ancestor and his/her business or legal woes. 

Sale Notice from the Virginia Gazette, 21 September 1776

Sale Notice from the Alexandria Gazette, 07 August 1832