Photo from Wikimedia CommonsJoin fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ luncheon on Monday, June 20, 2016. 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.

The GRIVA members’ luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. on June 20, 2016 at Piccadilly Cafeteria at 8004 W. Broad Street in Richmond, VA. After selecting your meal through the serving line, proceed to the group room at the back of the restaurant. Hope to see you there!

2015-06_02Once lying within the boundaries of Virginia, the state of Kentucky was first populated by many Virginians moving west, motivated by the ever-enticing promise of new land. Kentucky county records may be the ones to hold the genealogical evidence you need to move your family research forward. GRIVA’s Members Meeting on May 24, 2016 will feature Barbara Teague, who will present “Kentucky Genealogical Research at the Archives and Beyond.”

Barbara serves as Director of the Government Records Services Division at the Library of Virginia. Before joining our state library, she worked extensively with Kentucky records at the Kentucky Department for Library and Archives. During her Kentucky career, Ms. Teague was responsible for the oversight of archives for over 2,000 government agencies in Bluegrass State.

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 Handouts:
KDLA: Historical and Genealogical Sources at the Kentucky State Archives
KDLA: Researching Civil War Ancestors
KDLA: Researching African American Ancestors
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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?

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.

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