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Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia


A message from GRIVA's
President, Debora Kerr.


Time marches on, as does GRIVA. For decades, the Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia has helped researchers put their best foot forward toward the goal of compiling accurate and documented family trees. Through membersí programs, research field trips, topical conferences, publications, and fellowship, the organization has strived to keep its membership informed, engaged, and connected. The popularity of genealogy as both business and avocation has surged as technological tools, fueled first by the rise of the Internet and now by the evolution of social networking, have become simple enough for everyone to use. GRIVA will evolve with the times and apply such advances for the benefit of our members.

As I assume the role of President for the next cycle, I am also excited about how the use of new technologies can grow and sustain our organization. The potential exists for webcasting our past programs; bringing in virtual speakers for new programs; making available online old resources which have been safely tucked away in the GRIVA vault for many years. Some of these projects are already coming to life. Watch for announcements in News & Notes about when and where new resources will be released.

I look forward to working with the GRIVA Board as we continue our work of encouraging the best in genealogical research. Donít forget that friends and family are always welcome at our membersí meetings. The more people we reach out to, the greater our fellowship.