Solving the Mystery of the Virginia Court System

Understanding how the Virginia court system changed over the course of several hundred years can be challenging for researchers. For its first meeting of the 2017/2018 season, GRIVA has invited Minor Weisiger, MA to help us understand what courts existed when, what their jurisdiction was, and what records exist for them. He will present “A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: The Virginia Court System Prior to 1902” on Tuesday, September 26.

Minor Weisiger is well known to Virginia researchers. He served 31 years as an archivist in the Archives Reference Branch of the Library of Virginia, a position from which he recently retired. A native of Richmond, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Virginia. Over the years he has lectured extensively on the research uses of the Library’s records. Active in several lineage societies, he continues to enjoy genealogical research in retirement. He is married with two grown sons, and after many years living in Bon Air now lives in the Fan District.

Join us at 7:30 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.

Link to program Handout.

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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.

Caroline’s Journal and More

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.

Nat Turner’s Bible, A Family Story

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.

Explore the Germanna Foundation

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.

Preparing for North Carolina Research

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.

Michael D. Gorman To Speak At September Meeting

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.