GRIVA’s Fall bus trip to Raleigh, NC is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2015. This day trip departs from Richmond, VA and takes researchers to the North Carolina State Archives.

Reservations must be received by Tuesday, September 8th.

Please register by printing and mailing in this: registration form.

IMPORTANT:
NC Archives requires name, phone number, address and drivers license number of every researcher before they arrive. Please make sure you fill out the form and send it to our coordinator with your check. If you have questions, email trip coordinator Anne Price at anprice23@gmail.com . Don’t forget to bring a photo ID on this trip!

OpenRegistration for GRIVA’s 2015 Fall Conference with J. Mark Lowe is officially open. Reserve your seat today! Ticket price includes a box lunch.

Member Price: $50
Non-Member Price: $60

Click for Registration Brochure with Complete Details.

You may register by mail by printing and mailing in the brochure. If you wish to join GRIVA to get the member rate for the conference, simply follow the directions in the brochure.

THERE IS NO ONLINE REGISTRATION. PLEASE REGISTER BY MAIL.

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Photo from Wikimedia CommonsJoin fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ luncheon on Monday, June 15, 2015. 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.

The GRIVA members’ luncheon will be held at 12 p.m. on June 15, 2015 at Piccadilly Cafeteria at 8004 W. Broad Street in Richmond, VA. After selecting your meal through the serving line, proceed to the group room at the back of the restaurant. Hope to see you there!

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 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?

familysearch logoEmily Golightly Rusk, volunteer librarian at the LDS Family History Center on Monument Avenue predating computers, will lead a tour of the multifaceted FamilySearch.org website on Tuesday, May 26th. Don’t miss GRIVA’s May meeting to learn how to be successful with this online treasure trove of resources.

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.

Handout: Navigating FamilySearch.org

Trinity_Church_Cemetery_NYCBette Kot, librarian for twenty years with the California Genealogical Society and genealogical research instructor, will present “Sources for Cemetery Research” on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Don’t miss GRIVA’s April meeting to learn how to be successful with your own cemetery research.

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.

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.

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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