Category Archives: GRIVA

Jamestown Rediscovery – the 1617 James Fort

Featured speaker: David Givens

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

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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.

PAST MEETING: Researching from Home: Digital Collections at the Library of Virginia (LVA)

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Presented by Ashley Ramey, Community Outreach Coordinator at the LVA

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7pm, via Zoom

The LVA has a vast array of online collections to help genealogists find their Virginia ancestors. Ashley’s presentation will focus on “Virginia Memory” — the LVA’s digital collections. Learn all about them, how to find them and how to use them from the comfort of your sofa!

Here are the handouts:

Ashley Ramey is the Community Outreach Specialist for the LVA where she coordinates the genealogy workshop series, genealogical programs and community outreach. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in History with a concentration on the early / colonial period in Virginia and the United States, in addition to African & Indigenous Peoples Slavery. Ashley also focused on 19th and 20th century race relations in Virginia. Previously, she was the Site Coordinator at the Preservation Virginia’s John Marshall House in Richmond, VA.

PAST MEETING – March Program Meeting – Gilmer Maps: Their History And Their Uses by Cassandra Farrell

Thanks to everyone who attended!

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Gilmer Maps: Their History and Their Uses
By Cassandra Farrell

March 23, 2021 at 7pm

These Virginia and North Carolina maps were made during the Civil War, under the command of Col. Jeremy Francis Gilmer, Chief Engineer of the Confederate States of America. The maps provide excellent references of the terrain, roads, rivers, landmarks, and identify landowners. They are valuable genealogical resources.

Cassandra Farrell has been the Senior Map Archivist at the Library of Virginia since 2005 and has curated a gallery exhibition and several one-day map exhibitions and has written and published bibliographies, blogs, articles, and several entries for Encyclopedia Virginia. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor in history in the Virginia Community College System, serves on the board of directors for the Washington Map Society, and is a doctoral student at George Mason University.

PAST MEETINGS – March 2021 (virtual) SIG meetings

Thank you for joining our March Special Interest Group discussions!

German SIG – March 2, 2021 at 7:00pm Eastern

In March, we explored the people, the places and the records of Poland. 

Searching for German-speaking ancestors? Changing borders, missing records, reading German script, and then there is the language barrier. Do any of these problems sound familiar? Check the German SIG tab, to see the SIG’s agenda and for links mentioned in past sessions.

Sylvia Elchinger, the Monument Avenue Family History Center’s resident German expert, leads discussions focusing on Europe’s German-speaking countries, and areas included in the one-time German Empire. Next month – Denmark, Estonia, Slovakia and more!

DNA SIG – March 9, 2021 at 7:00pm Eastern

The March topic was Sorting, Grouping, and Clustering Your Matches.

Shared matches are the most powerful tool we have when working with DNA matches, known or unknown. We discussed what shared matches are and how to make use of them!

PAST MEETING – GRIVA January (virtual) Luncheon!

Thanks to those who joined fellow members and friends at GRIVA’s members’ virtual lunch meet-up on Monday, January 18 at 12 noon. This was 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!

Some of the books and resources we discussed included: (Many links go to Amazon, though the books may also be available elsewhere)


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).