First time to GRIP? A scholarship for two genealogists!

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh reminds family historians that a neat scholarship is available to first-time registrants. Choose from 2 weeks of courses. The Donn Devine scholarship reminds me of the great man for whom this is named. A brilliant and caring man with a smart mind and wit. A fantastic genealogist, lawyer, archivist, […]

2023 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) registration opens in February!

GRIP takes place during two separate weeks in 2023 with different courses each week. I am once again the coordinator and lead instructor in the June course, Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills. The other excellent instructors are Cyndi Ingle, Debbie Mieszela, and Cari Taplin. This course includes an extensive syllabus, hands-on work, and a […]

Holiday gift ideas for family historians and others, including you!

I was thinking about Christmas or Hanukkah gift ideas for family historians. What a change from even two to three decades ago. A box of blank CDs, a roll of film for a camera, or a few blank cassette tapes were great gifts. A paper gift certificate for membership in a genealogical or historical society […]

Registration for the11th year of GRIP genealogical education excellence is tomorrow (Feb 16)

“Only” 18 courses to choose from. Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 16) is when online registration opens for the 2022 Virtual Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). This will be my 11th year of coordinating the “Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills” course.  Cyndi Ingle, Debbie Mieszala, and Cari Taplin join me in the July week as […]

February 16 is next week! Genealogists will flock to register for GRIP.

That title sounds a bit presumptuous, but it’s true. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) registration opens on the 16th and most courses fill quickly. Best thing to do is visit the courses and registration page now and then be ready to get the course you really need. A brand-new registration system is in […]

Jan 1 deadline Donn Devine Scholarship for Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

From the GRIP Directors: “The Donn Devine Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an applicant who emulates Donn’s spirit of volunteerism by giving back to their community. GRIP would like to reward that spirit to a person who has never been to GRIP by giving them one of the 18 virtual week-long courses available in the […]

New Details of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh for 2022

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) will conduct eighteen courses next year live via Zoom. The live courses via Zoom have worked well in 2020 and 2021. The two weeks in June and July have some new courses as well as returning favorites. For details of each course, please visit the GRIP registration page which […]

Genealogy education goes both ways. What?

The past four days has been filled with discussion, hugs, friendship, and delivering genealogical presentations at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh’s third 2018 week. I was in Amherst, New York for this. On Monday I told the students in my course that they would be filled with learning and that name tags were supplied […]

GRIP 2018 Packing List: Are you joining these great educational weeks?

I was asked to reprint my GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) packing list from past years. I am teaching the week of July 29-3 August in my intermediate level course at Amherst. People seem to know that I like to be prepared for just about anything. Of course, your packing list will differ depending […]

Scholarship opportunity for GRIP in Amherst, NY for “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper”

This scholarship opportunity for someone signing up for my course touches me in a special way that I bet no one from the Western New York Genealogical Society or the Genealogical Research of Pittsburgh directors will know. I have a distant connection to the WNYGS. The late June Partridge Zintz who was instrumental in the […]