Upcoming Events!

Yes, it’s the dog days of summer, but GRIVA is busy getting ready for fall! Check out some of the fall events under the Upcoming Events link. German SIG starts up again in early September. Dr. Ed Ayers will be speaking in late September and immediately followed by Mark Lowe at our October conference. It’s going to be fun!

Did you know about some in-person research opportunities?

The Library of Virginia (LVA) announced new hours effective July 6, 2021:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Friday.  Appointments are no longer needed to use the second-floor reading rooms.

The Family History Center (FHC), located at the LDS Church on Monument Avenue, is also back in business for in-person research, by appointment only, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.   Schedule your appointment, and see available hours, at SignUpGenius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49a8ab28abfec43-family.

Note: These hours are accurate as of July 14, 2021. Check the websites of the LVA and the FHC for any updated information.

Come Join Us!

This year GRIVA is celebrating 40 years of promoting genealogical research!  Throughout the year, our programs educate, guide, and assist all levels of expertise. Monthly programs may address more traditional research avenues or broader topics of genealogical interest. 

The annual conference, generally held in October, features an industry expert for an all-day educational experience.  Our two Special Interest Groups (DNA SIG and German SIG) provide a concentration of learning in these selected topics.

Please consider joining GRIVA so we can be around for the next generation of researchers!   Most of our offerings are free to everyone, but your membership helps GRIVA continue our various programs.   Click here for our membership brochure.

PAST MEETING: Jamestown Rediscovery – the 1617 James Fort

Featured speaker: David Givens

If you missed the event, you can view the recording at https://youtu.be/LrD7NYdft34

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 7pm ET, via Zoom

David Givens, Director of Archaeology for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project will join us to highlight the recent finds of the high-profile individuals of the 1617 Church at James Fort. As part of the ongoing forensic pursuits of the rediscovery project, Mr. Givens will discuss excavations, genomics and identification methodologies that are bringing the 400-year-old site into the 21st century.

David Givens is a staff archaeologist with the Jamestown Rediscovery Project. Mr. Givens specializes in archaeological Geographic Information Systems. His job involves the linking of volumes of spatial data and archaeological information into a viable and sustainable digital archive. He is the principal author of the book Church and State: The Archaeology of The Foundations of Democracy.