Get out your to-do list and get ready to go! GRIVA’s going to Washington, DC Wednesday, July 12th. 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.

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RESERVATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JUNE 28, 2017.

GRIVA’s 2017 Fall Conference with John Philip Colleta, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 14, 2017.

More information to follow.

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.

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

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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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