Evening Activities

GRIP students will have some special evening events just for them which will be included on the schedule in their syllabus.


Maia’s Bookstore will set up a store in the Ryan Room next to the La Roche College cafeteria. The public is welcome to peruse the books at any time during GRIP week from Monday morning through Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Take a look at all the unusual and useful genealogy, social history, children’s, maps, and other historical books of interest at www.MaiasBooks.com.




We wish to thank the sponsoring societies for making the following lectures available. Please visit their website through the links provided. Speaker biographies are available under the Faculty tab.

2015 Evening Lectures begin at 7 p.m. each evening and are held in SC103 of the La Roche College campus. They are open to the public. Schedule subject to change.

Monday, June 29, 2015: Jane Wilcox will present “Finding American Women’s Voices through the Centuries: Letters, Journals, Newspapers, and Court Records” sponsored by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Women from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries are challenging to uncover, but we may hear their voices in the documents that recorded their lives.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015: Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, will present “How Old Did He Have to Be?” sponsored by the North Hills Genealogists. Is this man John the father or John the son? Could that man be my ancestor who married in 1802? Knowing a person’s age is often the key to distinguishing between two people of the same name. But if no record gives a birth date, how do you know how old someone was? The law can often give the answer.

Thursday, July 2, 2015: DUE TO SPEAKER ILLNESS, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, will present her lecture: Rogues, Rascals & Rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep at the same time and place.

Angela McGhie was scheduled to present “Creating an Effective Research Plan” sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
Efficient research takes planning. Come learn a process for focusing your research objectives and identifying the sources that are most likely to answer your research questions. This presentation will include suggestions on thinking through the research problem, analyzing what you “know” about the subject, designing a focused research question, and creating an effective research plan.

Monday, July 20, 2015: Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M., will present “Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants” sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015: Marian L. Smith of the National Archives will present “How the Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire” sponsored by the North Hills Genealogists. Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire? Join us for answers to these burning questions for New York passenger list research.

Thursday, July 23, 2015: “North Hills Road Show: Local History Collections – Digitized for you!” Amy Steele, Executive Director of Northland Public Library, will take us on a tour of Northland’s online local history collection (www.northlandlocalhistory.org) and discuss some of the new initiatives that are encouraging libraries and other organizations to create and expand their own digital history collections. More of these collections are going online every day, making these great resources accessible to anyone. Sponsored by Northland Public Library. Northland Public Library logo

CARNEGIE LIBRARY: for those who want to conduct research while in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is open evenings until 8 pm Monday through Thursday. The Pennsylvania Department and the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society share space on the third floor of the library at 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Evening Lectures: Enter “classes” building on the map below and look for GRIP directional signs.


THE FOLLOWING WERE 2014 Evening Lectures:

  • Monday, 21 July 2014: DIVORCE RECORDS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG, Sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
  • Tuesday, 22 July 2014: EVALUATING WEB SITES presented by Cyndi Ingle of “Cyndislist.com”, Sponsored by North Hills Genealogists
  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 7 pm: THE MAKING OF ST. JOHN’S BIBLE presented by Sister Michele Bisbey, CDP, Ph. D., Sponsored by La Roche College
  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014, about 8 pm: SPECIAL CHALLENGES OF JEWISH RESEARCH presented by Israel Pickholtz.
  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9 pm: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Season Premiere. Group viewing of the show.
  • Thursday, 24 July 2014: USING NARA’s FINDING AIDS AND WEBSITE presented by Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, Sponsored by Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

THE FOLLOWING WERE 2013 Evening Lectures:


  • MONDAY, July 23, 2012, 7:30 PM  “Telling the Tales: Writing Your Family Narrative” presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG, Sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists
  • TUESDAY, July 24, 2012, 6:30 PM “Google Earth for Genealogists” presented by Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, and Richard G. (Rick) Sayre, CG. Sponsored by the North Hills Genealogists.
  • WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2012, 6:30 PM “Pennsylvania Research” presented by Richard G. (Rick) Sayre, CG, Sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
  • THURSDAY, July 26, 2012, 7:30 PM “Dating Your Family Photographs” by Bruce Klein of Photo Antiquities. Sponsored by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.