Wednesday, August 7, 2013

GRIP Announces New Courses for 2014

WOW ! Law School for Genealogists. Sign me up. This is just one of the new courses that will be offered at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) in 2014. The others are
"Practical Genetic Genealogy" and "Finding and Documenting African-American Families." See the highly qualified coordinators and instructors listed below. 

I was fortunate to teach in the Advanced Land course at GRIP in July and thoroughly enjoyed this new genealogy institute. It is making it's mark on the map with a comfortable "summer camp for genealogists" atmosphere and quality instruction. I hope to be able to add it to my education plan on a regular basis.

The following announcement was written by Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, and Deborah Litchner Deal of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh:

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announced that its next institute will be held in Pittsburgh July 20-25, 2014. Of the six courses scheduled for 2014, three have never been given before. GRIP is proud to be able to present fresh course content and popular topics. These include:

Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA.
Stuart-Warren focuses on unusual resources, manuscripts, methodology, and analyzing records. She researches across the U.S. and brings her experience into the class room. She encourages students to bring their own family history problems for brainstorming and discussion.  This gives a personal approach to the course which gives a solid foundation and fills in knowledge gaps.

Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL
Learn how to achieve genealogical proof by planning and executing focused research, citing the resulting sources, testing the evidence they contain, assembling evidence into a conclusion, and explaining it clearly. Jones has edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002 where many proof arguments are published. The course scope and sequence follow the content of his book, Mastering Genealogical Proof.
Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS.
Explore the online world of records and repositories by efficiently being able to search for them. Learn the methods and tools to overcome database index challenges and find information on your family that is hidden in layers of webpages. Taylor is the Business Development Manager – North America for brightsolid online publishing. He is the President of FGS, has appeared on the television program “Who Do You Think You Are?” and is a genealogist on the new PBS series, “Genealogy Roadshow.”

Finding and Documenting African-American Families with J. Mark Lowe, CG, and Deborah Abbott, Ph.D.
Discovering families can be difficult and sometimes impossible. Follow proven strategies to gather and analyze a variety of record types while building upon each level for a strong foundation. Five case studies (spanning 1800 to 2014) illustrate how to apply the evidence. Both coordinators are recognized African-American experts. Mark Lowe has been involved in “Who Do You Think You Are?” and Debbie Abbott is known for her lectures in research skills, methodology, and alternative records.

Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
DNA test results can be confusing and their application to genealogy unclear. This course is designed to provide the in-depth knowledge needed by those who wish to analyze results and further research goals for themselves, their clients, or a surname project. These three recognized experts in the field of DNA analysis will provide opportunities for practical, hands-on experience in analysis and correlation of DNA test results utilizing the latest tools and techniques and will give recommendations for further research.

Law School for Genealogists with Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. “Rick” Sayre, CG, CGL.
Understanding the laws that affected our ancestors is essential for kinship determination and successful research. This course explores laws concerning courts, estates, family law, immigration, legal research, military, and property laws. Judy Russell, aka “The Legal Genealogist,” has a blog by the same name in which she wittily explores timely issues and genealogical problems. Rick Sayre’s areas of expertise include federal records, military records, urban research methodology, technology and mapping tools for genealogists, immigration, the Ohio River Valley, and Western Pennsylvania.
Registration will begin on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at noon eastern time. Several of the courses are bound to sell out within minutes.

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