Move forward with your genealogical research by taking one of GRIVA’s 2015 bus trips!

Washington, D.C. trip: March 31, 2015
Cost: $45 for GRIVA members, $55 for non-members
Visit the National Archives, DAR Library, Library of Congress, or sight-see on your own.
Click to download DC registration form.
RESERVATION DEADLINE MARCH 20th.

Raleigh, NC trip: May 20, 2015
Cost: $45 for GRIVA members, $55 for non-members
Visit the North Carolina State Archives.
Click to download NC registration form.
RESERVATION DEADLINE May 13th.

Here is GRIVA’s GenChat Schedule for the remainder of 2014 through the spring of 2015. We will meet at Bon Air Presbyterian Church 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA. Our meetings will be canceled if schools are canceled. An email will be sent out also as a warning to regular attendees about any meeting cancellation. Discussion topics will be sent out in advance of each meeting.

March 3, 2015 – 6:30 PM
April 7, 2015 – 6:30 PM
May 5, 2015 – 6:30 PM

manuscriptsBarbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS will present Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Working with Manuscripts at GRIVA’s March 24, 2015 Members Meeting.

PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE:
The program will begin at 2:15 p.m.

Barbara is a professional genealogist whose primary interest is in Virginia research, brick wall problems and complete genealogies. She has lectured for the past twenty years at local, regional, state and national conferences in twenty-seven states on research methodology, Virginia and West Virginia resources and writing and publishing.

Join us at 2:15 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.

Interested in a quick overview of GRIVA.org’s blog activity in 2014?

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,600 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

GRIVA.org’s web team wishes all GRIVA’s members and friends a wonderful 2015. Happy New Year!

Washington_and_Lee_UniversityTo hold in our hands an original document that was once in the possession of a distant ancestor is an inspiring part of genealogical research. While personal documents provide us the most direct connection to family long decreased, the papers of others from the time they lived can also give us insight into their lives. Thomas E. Camden, Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Washington and Lee University, will demonstrate the use of original documents, such as the George Washington Papers, in family history research. His program “Feeling the Power: Using Original Documents as Discovery Tools” will be presented at the GRIVA Members Meeting on November 25, 2014.

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.

88px-BluegrassBanjoGRIVA’s October meeting will take a musical turn as we look at family history from a different perspective. Sig Williams of the Virginia Folk Music Association will present “Bluegrass: Roots and Rhythm on October 28, 2014. He will discuss the type of music our ancestors enjoyed and how musical activities were an important part of our ancestor’s daily lives.

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.

Click for Program Handout: Bluegrass Music.

128px-Eisenuhr_USKGenealogists have a pretty good handle on preserving important records and photos. But what about those unusual antique items that are passed down through the family? GRIVA’s first program of the 2014 – 2015 membership year will tackle this problem.

Paulette Schwarting, Director of Technical Services at the Virginia Historical Society, will present “Preservation Puzzles” on September 23, 2014. She will evaluate and suggest preservation techniques for members’ family treasures.

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.

We are saddened to report the passing of GRIVA Board member Drew Hogwood. Drew was an enthusiastic and skilled genealogist, a key player in our society’s activities, and a friend to all our membership. He will be sorely missed.

HOGWOOD, Andrew W. Jr., 66, passed away on August 12, 2014 after four years of battling prostate cancer. Drew’s warm heart, humorous nature and positive view of life will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. He is survived by his wife, Luz Maria; sons, Andy (wife, Mary; granddaughter, Alex) and Nick. Drew was born in Washington, D.C. and he was raised in Arlington, Va. He graduated from William & Mary in 1970, earned a master’s degree from George Washington University and was a commercial banking major at Southern Methodist University. He worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. In 1991, Drew and his family returned to his beloved Virginia, where he was senior vice president of NationsBank. He retired as vice president and community development manager from SunTrust in 2012. During his career, Drew served on numerous boards and advisory councils, and authored journal articles and books on bank regulation. He was an avid genealogist, photographer, artist, traveler, and lover of old cars and motorcycles. He was an active parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where a Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 16, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, he wished for donations to be made in his honor to St. Mary’s.

An online guestbook is available at the Richmond Times-Dispatch: Andrew Hogwood, Jr.

Help spread the word about our Fall Conference! A free set of bookmarks in PDF format is available on the Resources page to download and print. Share them with friends and other genealogical groups so that everyone will be informed and ready to secure their seats when registration opens. Watch GRIVA.org for the full registration brochure, coming soon!

After our luncheon on June 16, GRIVA will take a break from programs until September. We hope that you will take advantage of July and August to work on your research and explore the topics and techniques that have been showcased at our meetings and other conferences.

Looking ahead

  • Our first fall program will feature Paulette Schwarting who will speak on “Preservation Puzzles.” If you have a portable family object (document, clothing piece, curio, etc.) you are invited to bring it to our September 23rd meeting. Paulette will provide tips on how best to store and preserve it. Please let Pat Dickens know what you are bringing in advance so that Paulette will be ready to speak to your particular need. You may email a description of your object to padickens@verizon.net .
  • Everything is officially in place for GRIVA’s Fall Conference. This year our speaker is Judy Russell, CG “The Legal Genealogist.” The conference will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Clover Hill High School in Midlothian, VA. Registration will be opening soon, so watch this blog for an announcement.
  • Debora Kerr has provided a handout about Using Pinterest for Genealogy. Visit our “Resources” tab at the top of the blog to access it.
  • GRIVA would love to have more member participation on our Board and committees. We have positions open for almost every genealogical interest. Won’t you help us keep GRIVA an active and successful organization? Contact Pat Dickens (see email above) about open opportunities.

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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