Important Notice:
Cancelled
Raleigh Research Trip
Thursday, 10 November, GRIVA will not travel to Raleigh, NC for research at the State Archives and State Library.
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Photo from Wikimedia CommonsJoin fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ luncheon on Monday, January 16, 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.

Due to the closing of Piccadilly Cafeteria, our new luncheon spot is Shoney’s at 4815 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!

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.

Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865

Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865

Have you ever looked at a Civil War photograph and wondered, who took this? Where was it taken? When? Most importantly, why? Since the Library of Congress and other institutions have digitized their collections, these questions can be answered while creating many others. This program will present a new way of looking at the photographs of Richmond in 1865, and what can be understood from them.

Michael D. Gorman, a Richmond-based historian currently working for the National Park Service, will tackle these questions at GRIVA’s September Members Meeting. Gorman is the creator and webmaster of Civil War Richmond (www.mdgorman.com), a web-based “file cabinet” of primary sources regarding the life and times of the Confederate Capital. He is widely recognized as an expert on Civil War Photography, and has published numerous articles about the Civil War. In 2011, he served as an historical advisor on the set of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” and more recently on the film “Free State of Jones.”

Join us for Photo Forensics in Richmond, 1861-1865 at 7:45 p.m. on September 27th 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.

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
LVA Transcription Projects

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.

SEE YOU THERE!GRIVA GnChat

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

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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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