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 […]

Catching up on email, cleaning house, and GRIP still feels exhilarating.

I recently posted on Facebook and here about the great week instructing in my course for GRIP. Of course, my 31 students were the best group in all courses! I didnt do all the presentations myself. Cyndi Ingle, Debbie Mieszala, and Cari Taplin did fantastic ones. Lois Mackin was our course’s tech host.  A week-long […]

Genealogy overload but Looking forward to GRIP 2023!

It’s been a month since I posted on here and I have many reasons why. Nothing bad or sad, just lots of work deadlines, some good family stuff, and my own birthday that passed without any celebration due to that work. In the past week alone, I have done 15 virtual presentations. Each presentation involves […]

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 […]

Feb 16 GRIP registration is nearing! Virtual genealogy education extraordinaire

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh is in its eleventh year in 2022. I am fortunate to have been involved from the discussion stage to today! I hope you have February 16th marked on your calendar for the opening of online registration.  Courses: https://www.gripitt.org/courses/ Registration details: https://www.gripitt.org/registration/ Please read this page well before February 16th […]

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 […]