10 years of GRIP: 2021 will be virtual

Ten years ago, four course coordinators sat at a table with the directors and discussed the very first Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). We were having dinner with Deb Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell who were the architects of GRIP. The first four coordinators were the late John T. Humphrey and Thomas W. Jones, […]

Genealogy online: GRIP Digging Deeper course a smash hit!

I have been teaching at genealogical institutes since the early 1990s. These have included  in-person courses in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. I have presented in-person seminars in many states. In recent years, I have been presenting online webinars. This summer has included being part of 2 week-long online institute courses via Zoom. Would I […]

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) 2021 Courses

Just finishing up a week of being involved in teaching for Cari Taplin’s course Following Your Ancestors in Time and Place. The week after next is my course Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills in which I teach many of the session. The experience teaching and interacting via Zoom has been wonderful this week. I […]

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) to be held virtually in summer 2020!

It’s been a few weeks of planning, meetings, reworking of some sessions, and now it can be announced that GRIP is going virtual in 2020. To keep students, instructors, coordinators and the directors, Debbie and Elissa safe, we are going to teach and attend online. More info will be forthcoming. For the time being, check […]

Feb. 5 is when registration opens for GRIP 2020

I’m ready. It’s on my calendar. Put it on all your calendars! Wednesday, 5 February 2020 is when registration goes live for the three different week of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). I’ve been a course coordinator and instructor at GRIP since its inaugural year. I love the setting, the many opportunities for […]

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh: Donn Devine Scholarship

I’m excited to share this news.’ If you never met Donn, you missed in-depth discussions on many topics related to genealogy, history, and records. If you ever had the pleasure of such discussions. you’ll know that it’s not easy to briefly describe our colleague. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) announced the Donn Devine, […]

GRIP syllabus prep: genealogy hints for myself

I spent many hours the last couple of weeks working on my syllabus material for the July week of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. I coordinate and teach in the course Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills. I’ve made a few changes in this course over the years but it still remains mostly at […]

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) Registration Opens Soon!

Yes, it’s January and many of us are seeing snow and cold temperatures. Let’s plan for summer. Join your fellow genealogy enthusiasts for two weeks of quality and extensive education this summer. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh is fun, too.  There is a course that will fit your level of interest and experience. I […]

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, week 2 registration very soon

It’s time to think about summer. It can’t come fast enough for me. Summer means the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. It’s a week of courses to help advance your family history knowledge, methodology, and circle of genealogy colleagues. I am coordinating the intermediate course again. It is offered during the second week of GRIP, […]