OpenRegistration for GRIVA’s 2014 Fall Conference with Judy G. Russell is officially open. Reserve your seat today! Ticket price includes a box lunch.

Member Price: $47
Non-Member Price: $57

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You may register by mail by printing and mailing in the brochure. If you wish to join GRIVA to get the member rate for the conference, simply follow the directions in the brochure or use this link to access Paypal.

You may also register online by using the buttons below. If choosing this option, please email your surnames for the Surname Exchange List to

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Fall Conference Non-Member Rate – $57
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NOTICE: Due to a policy change at Wikispaces, GRIVA must move its registration pages to another host. You may still register for memberships and bus trips at the old links until October 15, 2014. An announcement about our new payment gateway will be made here soon.

GRIVA is taking reservations for a bus trip to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We’re looking forward to members, their families, and friends joining us on this trip. How can you beat a hassle-free ride up I-95? Ride with GRIVA to research at the DAR Library, National Archives, or Library of Congress. Or, hop off the bus and continue to your own sightseeing destinations.

COST: $40 for Members and $50 for Non-Members.

Please email our bus trip coordinator Anne Price as soon as possible to add yourself or your group to the passenger list.

Whether you register online at Paypal, by phone, or by mail, please make sure you provide the following:
• Names of all who are attending
• Email contact
• Telephone contact
• Pick up and Drop off Locations
• Research facility you plan to visit
• Or, mention that you will be touring on your own

Click here to pay online at the GRIVA Payment Gateway.
To pay by mail, print out the registration form.


. . . especially for family history tools and gifts! But it doesn’t matter what you buy, because thanks to a new program your purchases can directly help the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia. GRIVA is now participating in the Amazon Smile program. When you shop online at using GRIVA’s special link (below), Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to our organization.

GRIVA’s Amazon Smile Link

You must be logged into your account to use the link. For more information on how to use Amazon Smile when you shop, please visit this FAQ.

128px-Eisenuhr_USKGenealogists have a pretty good handle on preserving important records and photos. But what about those unusual antique items that are passed down through the family? GRIVA’s first program of the 2014 – 2015 membership year will tackle this problem.

Paulette Schwarting, Director of Technical Services at the Virginia Historical Society, will present “Preservation Puzzles” on September 23, 2014. She will evaluate and suggest preservation techniques for members’ family treasures.

Join us at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.

We are saddened to report the passing of GRIVA Board member Drew Hogwood. Drew was an enthusiastic and skilled genealogist, a key player in our society’s activities, and a friend to all our membership. He will be sorely missed.

HOGWOOD, Andrew W. Jr., 66, passed away on August 12, 2014 after four years of battling prostate cancer. Drew’s warm heart, humorous nature and positive view of life will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. He is survived by his wife, Luz Maria; sons, Andy (wife, Mary; granddaughter, Alex) and Nick. Drew was born in Washington, D.C. and he was raised in Arlington, Va. He graduated from William & Mary in 1970, earned a master’s degree from George Washington University and was a commercial banking major at Southern Methodist University. He worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. In 1991, Drew and his family returned to his beloved Virginia, where he was senior vice president of NationsBank. He retired as vice president and community development manager from SunTrust in 2012. During his career, Drew served on numerous boards and advisory councils, and authored journal articles and books on bank regulation. He was an avid genealogist, photographer, artist, traveler, and lover of old cars and motorcycles. He was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, he wished for donations to be made in his honor to St. Mary’s.

An online guestbook is available at the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Andrew Hogwood, Jr.

GRIVA GenChat has announced meeting dates for the 2014/2015 season. The schedule will be:

September 2, 2014
October 7, 2014
November 4, 2014
January 6, 2015
February 3, 2015
March 3, 2015
April 7, 2015
May 5, 2015
June 2, 2015

All meetings will be held at the Virginian Retirement Community at 6:30 p.m. on those dates. The Virginian is located at 300 Twinridge Lane in Richmond, VA.

GRIVA GenChat gatherings are open to the public. Hope to see you there!

Help spread the word about our Fall Conference! A free set of bookmarks in PDF format is available on the Resources page to download and print. Share them with friends and other genealogical groups so that everyone will be informed and ready to secure their seats when registration opens. Watch for the full registration brochure, coming soon!

After our luncheon on June 16, GRIVA will take a break from programs until September. We hope that you will take advantage of July and August to work on your research and explore the topics and techniques that have been showcased at our meetings and other conferences.

Looking ahead

  • Our first fall program will feature Paulette Schwarting who will speak on “Preservation Puzzles.” If you have a portable family object (document, clothing piece, curio, etc.) you are invited to bring it to our September 23rd meeting. Paulette will provide tips on how best to store and preserve it. Please let Pat Dickens know what you are bringing in advance so that Paulette will be ready to speak to your particular need. You may email a description of your object to .
  • Everything is officially in place for GRIVA’s Fall Conference. This year our speaker is Judy Russell, CG “The Legal Genealogist.” The conference will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA. Registration will be opening soon, so watch this blog for an announcement.
  • Debora Kerr has provided a handout about Using Pinterest for Genealogy. Visit our “Resources” tab at the top of the blog to access it.
  • GRIVA would love to have more member participation on our Board and committees. We have positions open for almost every genealogical interest. Won’t you help us keep GRIVA an active and successful organization? Contact Pat Dickens (see email above) about open opportunities.

demoGRIVA’s May meeting will be a workshop presented by many of our own members; each will demonstrate a computer program or tech accessory that can be used for genealogy. The evening’s format will be loosely structured, allowing you to view demonstrations of as many of the subjects you wish in whatever order you desire.

Presenters and Topics:

Charlie Dickens – Legacy Ancestry & Ancestry 10 Family Tree
Debora Kerr – Pinterest for Genealogy
Brent Morgan – Ani-Maps Rumblesoft
AJ Seamons – Vu Wand portable scanner
Cat Southworth – Word Publisher
Angie Wilderman – Flip-Pal portable scanner
Pat Dickens – Genealogy on your iPAD
Greg Waehner – Special features of the book making program MyCanvas

Join us May 27, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.

Old_book_with_gilded_page_edgesOne of the best things you can do to forward the cause of family history is to publish your own genealogical work. In the past, this was a daunting and expensive process. The troubles of finding a publisher and conforming to narrow standards of presentation prevented many good researchers from even trying to share their discoveries with a wide audience. Today, thanks to advances in digital and print-on-demand publishing, all has changed for the better.

Greg Waehner will present “Creating Family History Books on the Computer” at our April 22, 2014 meeting. Greg will explain the steps to develop your own book, showing examples of his own and discussing online resources to achieve your publication. Join us at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.

Handout for this presentation is available at this link.


Bad Weather Policy:

Just a reminder about GRIVA activities during inclement weather. If Chesterfield Public Schools are closed due to weather, GRIVA activities will likewise be canceled.


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