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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?


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!

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.

unclesamEvery spring, the nominating committee of the GRIVA Board is tasked with developing a slate of nominees for officer positions and general Board membership. In plain terms, we would love to have you join us!

The all-volunteer GRIVA Board and its committees guide our organization by coordinating our programs, conferences, bus trips, newsletter, GRIVA GenChat and many other behind-the-scenes activities. The more members we have active on the Board, the more we can do! Have we piqued your interest? Please fill out the contact form below and we’ll be right in touch!

GRIVA is developing a committee to plan for future programs. This is your opportunity to help bring the most interesting topics and talented speakers to our meetings. Whether you know people in the greater community able to speak well on genealogical or family history topics, or are willing to brainstorm program ideas and network to make them happen, we need you as a committee volunteer! Please email or call Pat Dickens at or (804) 744-7988. A planning meeting will be scheduled in the new year.

GRIVA’s new genealogy discussion group is ready to meet! The beginning date, time and location have been set.

Date: Wednesday September 11
Time: 7:30 PM until 9 PM
Location: Chesterfield County Midlothian Library located at 521 Coalfield Road. This is at the corner of N. Woolridge Road and Coalfield Road across the street from the Midlothian YMCA.


1. Plan to discuss computer programs and applications that help with genealogy research.
2. We will plan for what you want to do: when to meet, where to meet, etc.
3. Bring ideas for future discussions and share what you have learned and would like to share at future meetings (breaking down brick walls, new discoveries, etc.). We will set agendas and plans based on your interests.

Pat Dickens is facilitating this first meeting. If you have not already signed up for the chat group, or have questions, please contact Pat.

Hot news for a hot day in Virginia!

The date for our July bus trip to Washington, D.C. has been chosen. We hope that you can join us for a day of research or sightseeing on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

And, if you were unable to attend last Tuesday’s Members’ Meeting, the handouts from Anne Price’s talk on North Carolina genealogical resources are now available in our Resources section.

newsletter-frontAfter a long period of assessing the needs of our membership and GRIVA’s financial position, the society is moving forward with transitioning our newsletter to a digital format. That’s the dull part of this announcement.

Now for some fun! We are excited to invite all of you to submit articles for our new publication! We want to hear about your family research. How did you break that brick wall? Tell us about your genealogical vacation. What family history treasure did you find hidden in a box in your cousin’s garage? Did you go to a great conference? Did you use a special process or program you would like to tell us about? Everyone who does research has stories to tell. We want to feature yours in News & Notes.

Articles do not need to be lengthy. Perhaps you have a wonderful photo that you’d like to share. Just write a few sentences or a short paragraph to describe it then send it in. Have you watched an online seminar or an interesting research documentary? Tell us about it. We’d love to publish your short review. Knowing our members, we expect to see many great topics presented in a creative way.

Please submit your articles to Our newsletter editorial team will confirm receipt and acceptance of your contribution and work with you if any technical enhancements are needed (copyediting, graphics, etc.). There are no deadlines! Submit any time you have an article ready.

Ready, Set, Publish!

GRIVA would like to thank Jim Triesler and his Clover Hill High School students for their many years of work producing the paper copy of News & Notes. Sharon Garber will be taking the reins for the digital edition. The last paper/mailed edition of our periodical is at the printer (as of May 21, 2013 – ed.) and will be in your mailboxes next month.

A very limited number of printed copies will be made available to members who cannot access the Internet. If this applies to you, please write to GRIVA, P.O. Box 29178, Richmond, VA 23242-0178 to request this accommodation.

Members and friends of GRIVA can help the Board better understand and meet the needs of the society by taking this short survey about activities and programs.

You do not need to provide your name or email address. It’s quick and easy!

Click here to take the survey.

The dues our members pay make everything GRIVA does possible. They are especially key to funding the room rental and guest speakers for our members’ programs. The calendar is turning to a new fiscal year and membership fees for the 2012 – 2013 cycle are due July 1. We have several levels of membership to choose from.

You may review all of our membership levels on our membership brochure to choose the one that’s right for you. Online payment can be made through GRIVA Registration Gateway.

You may also submit your dues by mail by printing out the renewal form in GRIVA’s Member Brochure . Thank you for your continued membership, and welcome new members!


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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