Genealogical institutes are perfect for family history education

Did you have time to register for a 2023 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) course when registration opened at the end of February? Some courses filled and some have a handful of open seats.

Education is a basic part of family history research if you want to do it well. Education should never stop. We are fortunate today to have many options both online and off. I’m one who loves to sit in my own apartment (sometimes barefoot) to watch or present online educational opportunities. Genealogical institutes offer more intensive learning than a one-hour webinar. I coordinate the course “Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills” for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh. It’s an annual course that evolves every year as we instructors continue our research on the topics, laws, implementation, and online connections. It also includes interactive sections and opportunities for guided research and feedback.

GRIP courses include extensive syllabi full of tips, websites, books, and document examples. Some course syllabi reach 200 pages!

Three of the GRIP June 18-23 live virtual courses with some open seats are:


The July 9-14 in-person week has some openings, too. I know at least one does:

Get Your Hands Dirty! A Workshop in Land and Property Records 


The GRIP registration page shows which courses have waiting lists, meaning that the course has reached its coordinator determined limit. Limits are chosen based on the style of the course, personal assistance given, and hands-on sections that are tough to do with unlimited numbers. 



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