Friday, April 25, 2014

GRIP 2015 -- Two Weeks of Genealogy Education

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has expanded their program for 2015 to TWO weeks and ELEVEN courses. This is great news for the dozens of people who are on the waiting list for 2014, as some of the GRIP courses sold out in a matter of minutes. The new courses include topics such as Genealogy and the Law, Problem Solving with Church Records, Pennsylvania, and more. Here is the official press release and all the details:
April 25, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA – The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announces their summer 2015 plans. In order to accommodate many different interests and a high demand for popular courses, two weeks of six courses each will be offered next summer, both at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first week will be June 28 to July 3, 2015 and the second week will be July 19 to 24, 2015. According to Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal, co-directors of GRIP, “the demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content.” GRIP seeks to satisfy this growing need for high quality genealogy education through its week-long courses with internationally recognized instructors.
June 28 to July 3, 2015, courses include course coordinators and topics: John P. Colletta, Ph.D. (Writing the Immigrant Story), Karen Mauer Green, CG (New York State), Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Genealogical Proof Standard), Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG (Problem Solving with Church Records), Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL (Advanced Land), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).
July 19 to 24, 2015, courses include Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL (Advanced Methodology), Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL (Law), Paula Stuart-Warren, CG (Intermediate topics), D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS (Professional topics), Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL (Genetics).
Nestled in the Pittsburgh suburbs, La Roche’s campus includes economical air-conditioned “en suite” dorm accommodations steps from the classrooms, a buffet-style cafeteria, and free parking. The instructors are all experienced researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. Registration will begin in February 2015 but there are still seats left in summer 2014 courses in Pittsburgh and the Detroit suburb of Orchard Lake, Michigan.
Unique opportunities for this year are “Finding African-American Families” coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, CG and Dr. Deborah Abbott offered in Pittsburgh July 20 to 25 and “Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives” with D. Joshua Taylor. In Orchard Lake August 3 to 8 is “Advancing Your Polish Research: 300 Years of Records including Prussian, Russian, and Austrian Poland” coordinated by Ceil Wendt Jensen, CG, “Determining Kinship Reliably with the GPS” with Thomas W. Jones, “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest” with D. Joshua Taylor, and “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” with Paula Stuart-Warren, the latter of which is also offered in Pittsburgh.
For more information and an update on course seats, visit our website at or email
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