GRIVA January (virtual) Luncheon!

Join fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ virtual lunch meet-up on Monday, January 18 at 12 noon. 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. This meeting is free to attend, so grab your lunch and join us online!

Have you read any good non-fiction lately? Let’s talk! Hope to see you there!

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PAST MEETING: December Program Meeting: Beth Daly of The Central Rappahannock Heritage Center

Thanks to those who attended!

Tuesday, 1 December 2020, 1:45 PM, Online via Zoom
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known as The Heritage Center, is an all-volunteer, non-profit regional archives dedicated to the preservation of historical documents and photographs relating to the history and people of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.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.

 Beth’s handouts:

Slideshow presentation
Area resources

PAST MEETING – Quaker Records and Migration

Thanks to those who attended our October 2020 meeting “Quaker Records and Migration”!

Curious about Quakers? GRIVA’s program on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 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).



Andrew Hogwood Memorial Scholarships Awarded

GRIVA was proud to award two students from Clover Hill High School the very first Andrew Hogwood Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship competition was created to honor the memory of long-time GRIVA member Drew Hogwood, who was a friend to all in the genealogical community and a driving force within GRIVA for many years.

Students who applied for the award submitted an essay, a four-generation pedigree chart, and a family group sheet to showcase their genealogical research skills. Projects were judged on writing skill, proper citation, use of multiple genealogy record sources, research analysis, organization and presentation.

Nathan Gold, who told the story of his father settling in Utah, and  Kyla Keiter, whose project focused on a study of her father’s family over four generations, each received a check and a certificate of recognition for their projects. Their names will also appear on a special scholarship plaque that features a photograph of Mr. Hogwood and additional space to recognize future winners.

Clover Hill High teacher Jim Triesler with the award plaque which will remain on display at the school.

Clover Hill High teacher Jim Triesler with the award plaque which will remain on display at the school.

GRIVA Newsletter Honored by NGS

GRIVA News and Notes has been honored with a National Genealogical Society award. Our society’s newsletter was chosen as the 2015 winner in the category of:

County/Local Genealogical and/or Historical Society, for societies with less than 500 members

Congratulations to editor Sharon Garber and Board member Emily Rusk for their hard work on our publication. The competition for NGS awards is fierce and we can be very proud that GRIVA’s work was recognized.

If you’re not already a GRIVA member, why not join so that you can read this great publication too? Was a Hit in 2014!

Interested in a quick overview of’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.’s web team wishes all GRIVA’s members and friends a wonderful 2015. Happy New Year!

Farewell to a Friend

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.

We Lunched, We Learned

Thanks to all who attended GRIVA’s Summer Member Luncheon today! It was a wonderful session of sharing information and celebrating our family research success stories.

For those who were unable to attend, here are just a few highlights of the topics we discussed:

Legacy Family Tree webinars are FREE to watch. Schedule of topics at this link:

Looking for free access to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI)? has it:

Article and many photos about the reconstruction of “Jane” and cannibalism at Jamestown:

Have you looked for your ancestors at lately? Much has been added!

Doing West Virginia research? Birth, Marriage, and Death record images are online:

We hope you will join us for more tips and tales at our next luncheon in January 2014.

Board Member Honored By DAR

jimtrieslerGRIVA Board Member Jim Triesler has been named the statewide 2012-2013 Outstanding Teacher of American History by the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution.

Jim, a longtime member of GRIVA’s Board, is a teacher at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, VA. He and his student volunteers have assisted our society with many publications and programs over the years.

Today’s Richmond Times Dispatch has a complete article about Jim’s achievement at this link.