Upcoming Program Meetings

Regular GRIVA Member Meetings are held at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235.

Saturday 15 February, 1 to 3 PM, Beck Room
Rachel Stanton, Historic Actress

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Tuesday 24 March, 1:45 PM, Beck Room
The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center
Beth Daly, Outreach Coordinator

Founded in 1997, The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center, commonly known as The Heritage Center, is an all-volunteer, non-profit regional archives dedicated to the preservation of historical documents and photographs relating to the history and people of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.
The Center’s collections include family and business histories, court records, church records, railroad records, documents on slavery and Jim Crow era legislation, local newspapers, maps, photographs, county records, postcards and other photographs and documents.
Beth Daly was born and raised in Ohio but has lived in Virginia for 41 years. Since retiring from the USDA in 2003 she has volunteered at several history / preservation organizations, including The Heritage Center. She has written or contributed to local publications, and is a member of various history-related organizations.

Tuesday 28 April, 7:30 PM, Beck Room                                                                                                        Tell Me a Story

Everyone has a story! Have you found an unforgettable character in your family? Tell us about him/her! Do you maintain a family blog with stories? Or have you written an article or book? Tell us your story! Details to follow in GRIVA.Notes.


Tuesday 26 May, 7:30 PM, Beck Room                                                                                                     Off the Beaten Track: Using the Internet and Other Resources
Betty Owensbey, Independent Historian and Author

Having researched the Civil War for 40 years, a historian describes how newly available internet resources have deepened her perspectives. Betty is the author of five non-fiction books based on events and people of the Civil War.

Exploring Virginia’s Weather History

“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” Mark Twain.

GRIVA’s next program will help connect you to your ancestors through the science of meteorology.

John Boyer, meteorologist with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will recount some of the memorable weather events of the past, and how he researches these occurrences. The everyday lives of our ancestors’ will come into focus as he discusses the evolution of local weather observations and forecasting. Sources and availability of historic records will also be covered.

John Boyer joined the Richmond Times-Dispatch newsroom in November 2016 as its first staff meteorologist. He grew up in the Roanoke Valley and returned to Virginia after covering severe weather on television in Georgia and Tulsa, Oklahoma. A graduate of North Carolina State University in Raleigh with a degree in meteorology, he is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012. His weather forecasts appear in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and on Richmond.com, along with weather videos, stories about meteorological phenomena and coverage of major weather events in our area.

Our April program will be held Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 7:30 pm, at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, RVA. You do not need to be a member to attend!

Finding Soldiers From The Great War

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If you think researching World War I ancestors is challenging, Michael L. Strauss, AG, can help! He is a nationally recognized genealogical lecturer residing in Utah. He is a forensic investigator and qualified expert witness in Court in NY, NJ, PA, and VA where he testifies on kinship matters. Strauss is a faculty member at SLIG, GRIP, and IGHR where he is the Coordinator for the Military Course. He has a BA in history and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and has been involved in Civil War reenacting for more than 25 years. Listen as he share his expertise on The Great War: Researching Your World War I Ancestors!

Our spring program is Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 7:30 pm, at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, RVA. You do not need to be a member to attend!

Join GRIVA For Lunch in January

Photo from Wikimedia CommonsJoin fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ luncheon on Monday, January 15, 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 luncheon spot 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!

Location, Location, Location!

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.

Quaker Records and Migration

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

Solving the Mystery of the Virginia Court System

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.