The second 2014 GRIP institute, “GRIP on the Road,” will be held in Orchard Lake, Michigan, August 3 to 8. Registration for the four courses being held there opens on Tuesday, February 25, at noon Eastern time. So if you missed Tom Jones’ popular “Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard,” here is another chance to register. Paula Stuart-Warren’s “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” is a great way to get a firm foundation as student-submitted examples are used in the course.
The only place to find Josh Taylor’s “Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest” is in Michigan this year. Not a stranger to the area where “Genealogy Roadshow” was filmed, Josh is sure to bring his expertise to the classroom just as he did to the PBS TV show.
Also unique to GRIP on the Road is “Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records” with Ceil Jensen and Dr. Hal Learman. This course will be held in the Polish Mission and have access to the resources there including a visiting archivist from Lodz, Poland. This is a one-of-a-kind experience!
Although there is sure to be a flurry of registration activity on Tuesday for GRIP on the Road, it is not expected to match the pounding that the GRIP website took last week during registration for the Pittsburgh institute that brought activity to a halt for about seven minutes. There were over 300 unique visitors each refreshing multiple times at the very same moment.
Of the six courses offered in Pittsburgh in July, three are sold out and one more is nearly so. (Who will get the last seats in Josh Taylor’s “Becoming an Online Expert” course?) “Practical Genetic Genealogy” sold out in 5 minutes, “Law School for Genealogists” in 8 minutes, and “Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard” in 30 minutes. Waitlist requests are being taken for the courses and dorm rooms as there is usually some “movement” in the rosters between now and summer. When we say that courses can sell out in minutes, it is no exaggeration!
Of the Pittsburgh GRIP students, 55% had attended GRIP before, 22% have never been to any institute, and 23% have attended another institute. We also find that 69% are driving, 28% are flying and 3% are taking a train or bus.
We are looking forward to everyone being on campus this summer. It also means that the snow has (hopefully) melted!