Get out your to-do list and get ready to go! GRIVA’s going to Washington, DC Thursday, November 16th. 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: $55 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 NOVEMBER 3, 2017.

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GRIVA’s afternoon program on Tuesday, November 28th will help you understand how facts about people along with data about places can come together to help your family history research. Robin Patton, MS teams up with Elaine Taylor of the Louisa County Historical Society to present Location, Location, Location: Mapping history through events that connect people … to places … at a particular time.

The Louisa County Historical Society is combining locations and historic documents to better explore the relationships between individuals, to evaluate historic communities and to provide more useful indexing. Robin and Elaine will explain their process for using ArcGIS Online and collaborative data development to reveal extraordinary stories about the ordinary people who forged our communities and nation.

Elaine Taylor has been the Director of the Louisa County Historical Society and Sargeant Museum since 2007. With a Bachelors in Education from the University of Michigan and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Virginia, she has extensive experience working with volunteers to establish a digital archive and develop historic data and enjoys facilitating the participation of digital archive partners in the region.

Robin Patton holds a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and has 25 years of experience integrating processes and technology. She enjoys applying technology in innovative ways and has worked with the Louisa County Historical Society to pilot projects that provide information in historic documents as geospatial data that can be analyzed on a map. She uses her skills in data development and modeling to inform and coordinate the transcription and locational data development efforts of museum volunteers and staff.

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.

Curious about Quakers? GRIVA’s program on Tuesday, October 24th will demonstrate that the Records of the Society of Friends are a treasure trove of family information. Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA will speak on their creation, their location and their interpretation. With this information, you can follow your Quakers’ migration patterns.

Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA, specializes in Quaker research, records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military, and problem-solving techniques. Craig is president and CEO of Heritage Books and has coordinated the Military Track at IGHR (Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research), SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), and GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh).

Join us at 7:30 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

Understanding how the Virginia court system changed over the course of several hundred years can be challenging for researchers. For its first meeting of the 2017/2018 season, GRIVA has invited Minor Weisiger, MA to help us understand what courts existed when, what their jurisdiction was, and what records exist for them. He will present “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: The Virginia Court System Prior to 1902” on Tuesday, September 26.

Minor Weisiger is well known to Virginia researchers. He served 31 years as an archivist in the Archives Reference Branch of the Library of Virginia, a position from which he recently retired. A native of Richmond, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Virginia. Over the years he has lectured extensively on the research uses of the Library’s records. Active in several lineage societies, he continues to enjoy genealogical research in retirement. He is married with two grown sons, and after many years living in Bon Air now lives in the Fan District.

Join us at 7:30 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.

Link to program Handout.

Photo from Wikimedia CommonsJoin fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ luncheon on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 12 p.m. This is a casual, fun gathering where we meet to announce our successes, trade research strategies, and share new genealogical books and Internet resources we have found helpful in our work. Guests are welcome, so bring a friend and introduce them to what GRIVA has to offer in the pursuit of family history.

Our new luncheon spot for 2017 is Shoney’s at 8415 W. Broad Street in Richmond, VA. We will be in a separate room not far from the salad bar and you may order off the menu. Hope to see you there!

GRIVA’s May Members Meeting will focus on the records of Virginians in the armed services. Our speaker will be Tom Crew, Senior Records Archivist, from the Library of Virginia. Mr. Crew will present a program titled “To Provide for the Common Defense”: Virginia Militia Records from the Colonial Period to World War I.

Download Handout 1: Virginia Militia

Download Handout 2: Virginia Militia Records Bibliography

Join us on May 23rd 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.

Bibb Edwards will be the guest speaker for GRIVA’s April 25, 2017 meeting. The program will highlight the journal entries of a woman from rural Tidewater Virginia during the middle of the 19th century.

Mrs. Caroline Baker [Ellett] Littlepage, born 1810, of Woodbury in King William County, Virginia, kept a journal for many years. Her most complete known volume (1 June 1864 to 22 June 1867 ) and a wonderful transcription were generously donated in 2003 to the Virginia Historical Society (Mss5:1 L7332:1) by Louise Eichhorn Schroeder and Dudley M. Eichhorn in memory of their mother, Ruth Littlepage Barnett Eichhorn. In order for Caroline’s voice to reach a wider audience, each of her entries are being posted on the 150th anniversary of the day they were recorded. To read them and learn more, visit http://thelittlepagejournal.com .

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.

GRIVA kicks off its 2017 season of programming with the story of an heirloom steeped in history. Mark Person will present “History, Heritage and Healing. Nat Turner’s Bible: A Family Story” on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Mr. Person’s ancestors had owned Nat Turner as a slave. Turner is thought to have been baptized with the bible on Person family land.

Mark Person, an alumnus of Randolph-Macon College, will tell the story of the bible as well as his meeting with the Turner family and the donation of the heirloom to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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.

germanna-logoDale Payne Sayers will present a program on the genealogical resources of the Germanna Foundation at GRIVA’s November 29th member meeting. (Please note date change due to Thanksgiving holiday!)

The membership of the Germanna Foundation is made up of descendants from the German colonists arriving in Virginia in 1714 and 1717. This organization is actively involved in historic preservation, archaeology, genealogy, and making connections with current German citizens in the areas of emigration. With both a library and many published family histories, the Germanna Foundation offers a wealth of resources for the serious researcher of early German roots in Virginia. Come to learn more!

Dale Payne Sayers received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education at James Madison University. A retired elementary teacher, she has been actively researching her family history for more than 40 years. Dale has written two genealogical books (The Haynies of Northumberland and The Tucker Family of Campbell and Charlotte Counties) and has three more books in the works. Dale belongs to many historical and genealogical groups, and stays busy with research, gardening, and travel. Dale lives in Hanover County, VA with her husband Jim and has two grown children.

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.

seal_of_north_carolina-svgNot sure about going to Raleigh on the trip in November? GRIVA’s October program addresses the holdings, the collections and the procedures of the North Carolina Archives. No North Carolina ancestors? That’s OK. You may learn about record groups that might also be available in other states. And the State Library is definitely not limited to North Carolina! Everyone should visit, no matter where their ancestor lived!

Douglas Brown will present “Researching at the North Carolina Archives” on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Mr. Brown is the Public Services Unit Manager at the archives and supervises the operations and staff of the Reference Search Room. His expertise includes North Carolina History, Genealogy, court documents, probate records and archival primary resources.

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.

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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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