Get out your to-do list and get ready to go! GRIVA’s going to Washington, DC Tuesday, 3 May. We will depart from our usual locations at (old) Stony Point shopping center and the LDS Family History Center parking lot on Monument Avenue, and make drops at the DAR Library, the National Archives and the Library of Congress in Washington.

COST: $50 for Members and $60 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.

Click for printable reservation form.

RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 22, 2016

MLStrauss2014-228x300One of the best ways to learn what to do when faced with a tough genealogical problem is to step back and examine how others have busted through similar brick walls. GRIVA’s next program features a speaker who will share case studies and their successful methodology. Michael L. Strauss, CG, will present “A Case Study in Descendancy Research” on Tuesday, April 26.

Michael L. Strauss is a native of Pennsylvania and a resident of Utah and has been an avid genealogist for more than 30 years. Strauss holds a BA in history and is a United States Coast Guard veteran.

Join us a 7:45 p.m. in the Beck Room 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.

Presentation Handout: “Case Studies in Descendancy Research”

Finding evidence of our ancestor’s lives can be a challenge, especially when for unknown reasons they are unaccounted for in the usual documents. Censuses are a critical source for confirming residence, family structure, and lifestyle. But what should we do when our people are not included on these lists?

GRIVA welcomes its members back from winter break with our first Members Meeting of 2016. Please join us to enjoy a presentation by Betty German whose topic will be Looking Beyond the Census: Places Your Ancestors May Be Hiding. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 29th. [NOTE: This is a date change!]

Join us 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: Popular Genealogy Websites

What’s on your mind? Can’t wait to share Grandma Pearl’s recipe for Mackerel Soufflé? Find a great picture of Great Uncle Joe in the weirdest Halloween costume ever, but the picture is marked August 1936? Your DNA test shows you are related to Lizzie Borden? Or was your Civil War soldier court martialed for taking part in a revelrout?

Let’s get together and share our finds, tips, tricks, frustrations, and revelations. We can help each other and have some fun while we learn. Come out and join us.

GRIVA Gen Chat (first Tuesdays, 7 PM):
2 February 2016
1 March 2016
5 April 2016
TBA May 2016
7 June 2016

GRIVA Gen Chat meets at Bon Air Presbyterian Church.

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Over the years, genealogy research has evolved as more and more record repositories make their documents available to us over the Internet. Be aware that the websites which host the evidence we seek evolve as well.

GRIVA’s November Meeting will feature Kathy Jordan, Digital Initiatives & Web Services Manager at the Library of Virginia. Kathy will speak on “Using the Library of Virginia’s Website.” Join us on November 24, 2015 to hear what’s new on the website and most importantly, how to access it!

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Join us at 1:45 p.m. in the Beck Room 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

Connie Lapallo with Dark EnoughGenealogists should never forget that while they are fact finders, they are also destined to be storytellers. But actually writing out the stories of our ancestors can seem an impossible task. GRIVA’s October program features a skilled researcher and author who has turned her Jamestown research into engaging books about both her ancestors and the famous men and women of their time.

Author Connie Lapallo will present a program entitled “”Writing and Telling the Story of Those in Our Family Tree”” on October 27, 2015. Ms. LaPallo is the author of Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky and When the Moon Has No More Silver. She has begun writing the third novel in this trilogy as well as a biography of Sir Thomas Gates.

Join us at 7:45 p.m. in the Beck Room 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: Using Your Family Tree to Create Historical Fiction

GRIVA will welcome its members and guests back for the 2015/2016 event year with a program about lesser-known Revolutionary War records of Virginia soldiers.

Bevin Creel

Genealogist Bevin Creel has a particular fascination for Virginia records from the Revolutionary War era.

Bevin Creel will present a program entitled “Virginia’s Forgotten Revolutionary War Records: Treasures in the Library of Virginia” on September 22, 2015. Mr. Creel is a staff Genealogist for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, DC and author of numerous books of compiled extracts of deed, court and military records.

Join us at 7:45 p.m. in the Beck Room 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.

Click Here to Download Program Handout.

GRIVA was proud to award two students from Clover Hill High School the very first Andrew Hogwood Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship competition was created to honor the memory of long-time GRIVA member Drew Hogwood, who was a friend to all in the genealogical community and a driving force within GRIVA for many years.

Students who applied for the award submitted an essay, a four-generation pedigree chart, and a family group sheet to showcase their genealogical research skills. Projects were judged on writing skill, proper citation, use of multiple genealogy record sources, research analysis, organization and presentation.

Nathan Gold, who told the story of his father settling in Utah, and  Kyla Keiter, whose project focused on a study of her father’s family over four generations, each received a check and a certificate of recognition for their projects. Their names will also appear on a special scholarship plaque that features a photograph of Mr. Hogwood and additional space to recognize future winners.

Clover Hill High teacher Jim Triesler with the award plaque which will remain on display at the school.

Clover Hill High teacher Jim Triesler with the award plaque which will remain on display at the school.

GRIVA News and Notes has been honored with a National Genealogical Society award. Our society’s newsletter was chosen as the 2015 winner in the category of:

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with less than 500 members

Congratulations to editor Sharon Garber and Board member Emily Rusk for their hard work on our publication. The competition for NGS awards is fierce and we can be very proud that GRIVA’s work was recognized.

If you’re not already a GRIVA member, why not join so that you can read this great publication too?

familysearch logoEmily Golightly Rusk, volunteer librarian at the LDS Family History Center on Monument Avenue predating computers, will lead a tour of the multifaceted FamilySearch.org website on Tuesday, May 26th. Don’t miss GRIVA’s May meeting to learn how to be successful with this online treasure trove of resources.

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: Navigating FamilySearch.org

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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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