Welcome to the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!
We are quite excited to be able to offer 23 courses in THREE week-long learning opportunities in TWO locations (Pittsburgh, PA, and Amherst, NY) in 2018! Choose which week(s) to attend depending on your continuing education and research needs!
Work is continuing on uploading full 2018 course descriptions and is expected to be completed in November. You can see here the listing so far. Some course may be repeated next year but many are not. By clicking on the course name you will see details of all eighteen sessions in each course (also available by hovering over the “Courses” tab). Genealogists of all levels will find courses of interest from novice to advanced and professional.
REGISTRATION OPENS 14 FEBRUARY 2018: Choose the course(s) you would like to take and then go to the REGISTRATION page which has instructions, pricing, and other options, and links to the registration system for each institute week. Please note that for any course that has reached capacity, there will be a link to request placement on the wait-list. Cancellations do occur and you will be notified in the order in which your wait-list request was received.
See Registration page for instructions and links to the registration system.
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We want to thank everyone who attended GRIP in 2017. See “About Us” for some statistics.
WHAT IS AN INSTITUTE?
WHAT: Picture a week (from Monday morning through Friday noon) of delving into your favorite genealogical topic with like-minded classmates whose eyes don’t glaze over when you talk about your family history. Now picture a campus environment in which meals and classrooms are under the same roof and dorm rooms are 50 steps away. Interesting courses of all levels are offered concurrently: from DNA to methodology to records to ethnic / foreign research to efficient techniques to help you find your elusive ancestors. Each incorporates hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art and friendly community atmosphere where socializing during meals or in the evenings may lead you to distant cousins or a new-found research buddy. (Please see the Courses page for details on the 18 sessions in each course.)
WHO: The instructors are all experienced genealogical researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies, discussions, and problem solving exercises. (Please see the Faculty page for biographies of faculty and staff.) The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from about 42 different states and 3 countries, but all share their passion for family history and for learning how to efficiently break down “brick wall” genealogical puzzles.
WHEN and WHERE in 2018: Three different weeks: Sunday, June 24 through Friday, June 29 at noon and Sunday, July 22 through Friday, July 27 at noon in Pittsburgh at LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (Please see Location page for directions and photographs of LaRoche College.) ALSO, Sunday, July 29 through Friday, August 3 at noon at Daemen College, 4380 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226.
WHY: The demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content. Since 2012, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has offered week-long courses of high quality with internationally recognized instructors to address these needs.
HOW: To learn more stay tuned to this webpage, www.GRIPitt.org, as we share more information. Each of the titles in the black toolbar above leads you to one or more pages of information. Please feel free to explore them all. You may also sign-up for email notifications when a website update is published. See sidebar for sign-up box and also Facebook and LinkedIn connections.
DIFFERENT THAN CONFERENCES: Institutes allow you to gather with your classmates in a classroom for five days and the course coordinator and guest instructors come and go. The course is a progression of topics on the same subject, be it Intermediate level methods, Irish research, Genetic Genealogy, New England research, Proof Arguments or some other, allowing you to experience progressive and hands-on learning during the week.
At a conference, you travel from lecture room to lecture room choosing which subject you will hear that hour from a menu of five to ten lectures each session. Your schedule is your own and you can hear many subjects at various levels in a given day. National conferences are four days while state or regional conference may be two or three days. Local seminars or workshops are typically one day with a nationally-known speaker who gives four lectures.