GRIVA is developing a committee to plan for future programs. This is your opportunity to help bring the most interesting topics and talented speakers to our meetings. Whether you know people in the greater community able to speak well on genealogical or family history topics, or are willing to brainstorm program ideas and network to make them happen, we need you as a committee volunteer! Please email or call Pat Dickens at email@example.com or (804) 744-7988. A planning meeting will be scheduled in the new year.
We have received approval from The Virginian Retirement Community to meet at 6:30 p.m. on January 7th, February 4th and March 4th in 2014. We hope to continue meeting on the 1st Tuesday evenings of later months.
The January 7th topics will include:
- a short demo and discussion about the Legacy family History program
- sharing different print outs of family trees
- mobile family tree programs
- plotting land areas from wills
- as well as topics as brought up by the group
GRIVA GenChat gatherings are open to the public. Hope to see you there!
Genetic testing for genealogy has become more available, affordable and popular. But what do the results from such tests really mean? Mr. Jim Logan will help make sense of the science behind our family history.
After a brief introduction of DNA and its place in biology, three different types of DNA tests will be discussed with demonstrations of how Y-DNA tests results have successfully been used in genealogical research to identify relationships between families and thus extend genealogical knowledge beyond the written record. Similarly, autosomal DNA results will be presented to show how they can be used to find cousins who in turn can share results and extend trees into branches where research is the most difficult. Finally, test companies will be identified and differentiated, showing pro and con of each.
Mr. Logan, as Administrator of the Logan DNA Project, analyzed and identified genetic relationship between families represented by tests. Based on these relationships, many of family profiles have been grouped, facilitating more concentrated genealogical research. In 2005, Jim organized and still manages a Special Interest Group on Genetic Genealogy for the Fairfax Genealogical Society. This group generally meets once per month during the school year for lively discussion on all things to do with Genetic Genealogy.
Join us for “Understanding Genetic Genealogy” with Mr. J. J. (Jim) Logan on December 3, 2013 at 1:45 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.
Many family researchers talk about “digging up” facts about their ancestors, but those involved in archaeology can truly say they do. While most of us may perceive archaeological excavations as a way to find physical objects from a distant day, the study of those objects can tell us much about the people who used them.
Recent items found in the digs at Jamestown, Virginia are changing and enlarging the story of that settlement. Our guest speaker Mark Summers will explain the investigative methods that have been used to study what has been found, including a kitchen, ovens, utensils, bowls, plates, pitchers and more graves. Learn about future plans for the site and how you might possibly be involved. Mr. Summers will also present information about resources for family research.
Mark Summers is an Education Specialist for the archaeology team at Historic Jamestowne. He has designed a number of their programs, often speaking to promote their work.
Join us for “Finding James Fort: Rediscovering our Jamestown Past” with Mr. Summers on October 22, 2013 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.
GRIVA’s new “GenChat” group is off to a great start. Two more meetings have been scheduled for October 1st and November 5th, both to be held at the Virginian Retirement Community at 6:30 p.m. on those dates.
The most popular discussion topics in the group so far are getting the most out of genealogy tech and understanding DNA test results.
GRIVA GenChat gatherings are open to the public. Hope to see you there!
If your genealogical chart is filled with Virginia ancestors, the Library of Virginia is at the top of your research visit list. Did you know that LVA offers many online resources you can access from your home?
Greg Crawford is the Local Records Program Manager at the Library of Virginia. He is an expert in the archival holdings of the library and has much to tell us about the databases and other family history holdings that you can explore with your computer.
Join us for “Using Online Resources for Research at the Library of Virginia” with Mr. Crawford on September 24, 2013 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.
GRIVA’s new genealogy discussion group is ready to meet! The beginning date, time and location have been set.
Date: Wednesday September 11
Time: 7:30 PM until 9 PM
Location: Chesterfield County Midlothian Library located at 521 Coalfield Road. This is at the corner of N. Woolridge Road and Coalfield Road across the street from the Midlothian YMCA.
1. Plan to discuss computer programs and applications that help with genealogy research.
2. We will plan for what you want to do: when to meet, where to meet, etc.
3. Bring ideas for future discussions and share what you have learned and would like to share at future meetings (breaking down brick walls, new discoveries, etc.). We will set agendas and plans based on your interests.
Pat Dickens is facilitating this first meeting. If you have not already signed up for the chat group, or have questions, please contact Pat.
Thanks to all who attended GRIVA’s Summer Member Luncheon today! It was a wonderful session of sharing information and celebrating our family research success stories.
For those who were unable to attend, here are just a few highlights of the topics we discussed:
Legacy Family Tree webinars are FREE to watch. Schedule of topics at this link:
Looking for free access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)? FamilySearch.org has it:
Article and many photos about the reconstruction of “Jane” and cannibalism at Jamestown:
Have you looked for your ancestors at Findagrave.com lately? Much has been added!
Doing West Virginia research? Birth, Marriage, and Death record images are online:
We hope you will join us for more tips and tales at our next luncheon in January 2014.
GRIVA’s 2013 Fall Conference has been set for Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA. Our speaker will be genealogist Paul Milner.
Crossing The Pond: Searching England & Ireland
Irish Emigrants to North America: Before, During and After the Famine
Learn about the routes taken and the reasons for the emigration from Ireland to the U.S. and Canada before, during and after the famine. Learn how this mass movement of people can affect your research, plus what tools and records are available to trace your Irish ancestor.
Irish Maps and Tools for Finding the Right Place
Learn about the different ways to describe locations in Ireland, understand the creation of maps and the importance of the Irish Ordnance Survey both physically and culturally. Learn about the different types of maps that exist and how to access and read them.
Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website
Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, images and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context.
Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England
Identify the best genealogical resources, original and published, to use for 17th Century research in England, and how to jump the gap created by England’s Civil War.
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