. . . 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com account to use the link. For more information on how to use Amazon Smile when you shop, please visit this FAQ.

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.

Photo by Gregory Bean.

Photo by Gregory Bean.

The study of churches should be undertaken by every serious genealogist. Besides tending to the spiritual needs of their communities, churches were the caretakers of many records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths — which may have not survived in other civil recordings.

Our March meeting will focus on Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mr. Tony Williams will present a program covering the history of Bruton mentioning resources that may lead people to some genealogical records available to researchers. Mr. Williams holds history degrees from Syracuse University and Ohio State University and was most recently a fellow at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is a former history teacher of ten years and a renowned lecturer. He is a full-time author living in Williamsburg and is currently writing a history of the Jamestown colony among other books.

Join us for “History of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg” with Mr. Tony Williams on March 25, 2014 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.

unclesamEvery spring, the nominating committee of the GRIVA Board is tasked with developing a slate of nominees for officer positions and general Board membership. In plain terms, we would love to have you join us!

The all-volunteer GRIVA Board and its committees guide our organization by coordinating our programs, conferences, bus trips, newsletter, GRIVA GenChat and many other behind-the-scenes activities. The more members we have active on the Board, the more we can do! Have we piqued your interest? Please fill out the contact form below and we’ll be right in touch!

Did you catch the news story on CBS 6 about reporter Rob Cardwell’s family tree? It was a wonderfully produced piece which highlighted both the Chesterfield Public Library and the Library of Virginia. If you missed the piece on WTVR Richmond, here’s the link.

How Can You Find Out if You’re Related To Someone Very Famous?

If you follow WTVR on Facebook or Twitter, please let them know you appreciated the story, and that GRIVA is very welcoming to new members who would like to get started discovering their family history.

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 padickens@verizon.net or (804) 744-7988. A planning meeting will be scheduled in the new year.

GRIVA GnChat

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!

dnaGenetic 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.

Program Handout

The latest digital edition of GRIVA News & Notes is now available in our Members Only section. Our editor Sharon Garber is actively seeking articles for future issues, so we encourage all our membership to submit content. Articles may be sent to Sharon at sgarber41@verizon.net .

News & Notes also publishes a queries section to help you find your ancestors. Have a brick wall that needs busting? Let us know who you’re looking for.

Comments or suggestions for our newsletter may be posted as comments to this entry or sent directly to Sharon.

Lastly, any members who need the password should send their request to GRIVA’s email box .

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.

Notice

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. Here’s wishing for a mild spring!

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