05 February 2012

Calling all Genealogists: GRIPitt on February 7th

Registration for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh begins in two days. TWO days means February 7th. The inaugural year of this institute debuts from July 23-27, 2012. The location is LaRoche College in Pittsburgh which is a newer campus with updated dorms, neat cafeteria, and gathering spaces. The dorm and classrooms are just a few steps away from each other. The gathering spaces and dining area are conducive to networking, deep discussions (aren't all of our discussions, deep?), and for some fun, too.

Helpful registration information has been placed on the GRIP Registration tab. It describes what information you will need to provide during the registration process.

To learn more about the exciting courses, click here.

I am coordinating the Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper course which is about United States records, resources, and methodology. It will not be exactly the same as the one I do at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Of course there will be some similar elements but the GRIP course has more hands-on work and discussion because we don't have the Family History Library nearby. It is strongly suggested that you bring along a laptop computer, netbook, or iPad to use in the classroom and after-hours. Students may also send me a United States family history problem of their own for use in discussion during the week. Write a one page essay about the problem and then include a page detailing what you have already checked. You will leave the class with many ideas for furthering your research.

I will also be teaching in D. Joshua Taylor's course Beneath the Home Page: Problem Solving with Online Repositories. Josh will be teaching some of the classes in my course. Full class descriptions are on the GRIP website.

The other two excellent courses are Thomas W. Jones' Advanced Research Methods and John Humphrey's  German Genealogical Research.

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