Welcome to the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

We are quite excited to be able to offer TWO opportunities to take courses in 2016! The offerings of the week-long institute are June 26-July 1, 2016 and July 17-22, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Choose to attend one or the other or both! To receive notifications of GRIP news, please subscribe to email changes in the right-hand column. Your email will only be used to notify you when the website changes. You may unsubscribe yourself at any time by using the same subscription box.

WHO: The instructors are all experienced genealogical researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. (Please see the Faculty page for biographies of faculty and staff.) The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all share their passion for family history and for learning how to efficiently break down “brick wall” genealogical puzzles. In 2014 we had 203 students on campus one week in Pittsburgh from 40 different states and three foreign countries.

WHAT: Various different week-long genealogical courses which incorporate hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art and friendly community atmosphere. Socializing during meals or in the evenings may let distant cousins discover each other or a new-found research buddy. (Please see the Courses page for details on each course.)

WHEN and WHERE in 2016: Two different weeks: Sunday, June 26 through Friday, July 1 at noon and Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22 at noon in Pittsburgh at LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (Please see Location page for directions and photographs of LaRoche College.)

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,, 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.

REGISTRATION: Beginning February 2016, go to the REGISTRATION page for instructions and the registration links, one for each of the two weeks. Please note that for any course that has reached capacity, there is a link to request a waitlist spot. Cancellations do occur and you will be notified in the order in which you asked to be placed on the wait list.

PLEASE NOTE: Early Bird discount deadline ends May 15. Registrants must have paid their tuition by that date to enjoy the discount of $425. After May 15 tuition is $450. (Dorm fees do not have an Early Bird discount. The Registration page has full details.)

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14 Responses to GRIPitt HOME

  1. Liesa Healy-Miller says:

    This looks super! I especially like the “hands-on” approach. Lecturing is, of course, essential for the transfer of information. So, too, is applying that knowledge – and it’s especially enjoyable and constructive to do it in a group setting!

  2. Sarah Boehm says:

    Thank you for doing this! I’m very excited to attend. I’m not sure where I’ll be, skill-wise, by then (Intermediate or Advanced), but I’ll be sure to follow this site’s updates for more info. Thanks again!

    • admin says:

      Sarah, I know your knowledge will grow as time goes on. Taking an intermediate course lets you fill in any knowledge gaps and gives you a good opportunity to practice problem solving skills. It gives a good foundation on which to stand for the advanced course. Depending on what experience you gain between now and next year, you may indeed be ready for the advanced course.

      More details will be coming on the course content to help you decide.

  3. admin says:

    GRIP and other venues of genealogical education serve your interest by allowing indepth exploration of the course topic over a full week of study and hands-on exercises. You may also want to look around your local area for a genealogical society who has monthly program meetings geared to developing genealogical how-to knowledge. There are many avenues to take. A video lecture that explores the various genealogy educational opportunities is located at under the tab for “Choosing the Best Continuing Education Opportunities.”

  4. S Hood says:

    Since I have only being searching for family history for a little over a year, I am concerned that most of the classes will be over my head.

    • admin says:

      Read the description of the Intermediate Course and perhaps by July 2012 you will feel more comfortable that this is where you belong.

      Learning is about growing and stretching. Keep reading, researching, and gaining experience in records and you will be ready.

      Best wishes,

  5. I am looking forward to the possibility of attending this conference and will mark my calendar today.

  6. Marilyn Clark says:

    YES! I want to go! The hardest part will be choosing which course to take. I want them all. Thanks for this!

  7. Noreen Manzella says:

    It’s not too bad a ride from New England (or CT, at least!) ! And for all the teacher-genealogists out there, summer is the best time! Kudos to all the organizers and instructors!

  8. Mimi Reed says:


  9. I don’t live in Pittsburgh but my whole maternal line comes from Pittsburgh. Very psyched about this program. I’m going to try to make it happen for next year. I wish I still had relatives in Pittsburgh that I could stay with.

  10. Joan M. Pipich says:

    Very interested…I live in Pittsburgh

  11. K. Thanos says:

    Thank you for doing this. As genealogists we need to have more in depth courses in order to improve our research skills.

  12. cjsperl says:

    Sounds like a great week to me…..I am very interested in this course. I live in the Pittsburgh area.

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