Evening Activities

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


NOTE: See below for evening activities in Orchard Lake, Michigan, in August.

Maia’s Bookstore will set up a store in the College Center Square 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.

2014 July Evening Lectures begin at 7 p.m. each evening and are held in the College Center of the La Roche College campus. They are open to the public and include:

Monday, 21 July 2014: DIVORCE RECORDS IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH presented by Pamela Stone Eagleson, CG

Sponsored by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

PROGRAM SUMMARY:  Divorce was alive and thriving throughout the nineteenth century.  Records, if found, are rich in information for genealogist.    This lecture, concentrating on the era from 1800-1920,  focuses on where to find these records and the information contained in them.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014: EVALUATING WEB SITES presented by Cyndi Ingle of “Cyndislist.com”

Sponsored by North Hills Genealogists

CyndisList.com is fourteen years old. During these years several things have changed, while many things have stayed the same. How can you know whether what you find online is accurate and reliable? We’ll discuss how to delve into online datasets and determine the original source of the materials, and then how to evaluate the material you find there.

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

The Saint John’s Bible is the first handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible  produced in more than 500 years – since the invention of the printing press –  according to the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in  Minnesota who commissioned the project.   The work of the Saint John’s Bible was done in a scriptorium located in  Wales. La Roche College Wright Library has one of the rare 299 copies made. Come learn about what makes it so special and see the beautiful illustrations!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, about 8 pm: SPECIAL CHALLENGES OF JEWISH RESEARCH presented by Israel Pickholtz.

Israel lives in Jerusalem, Israel and is taking one of the GRIP courses. We could not pass up the opportunity to have him speak about a subject he knows.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 9 pm: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Season Premiere. We will enjoy a 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

PROGRAM SUMMARY: Amazing records can be accessed at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), but maneuvering your way through the labyrinth to locate them requires knowledge of the available resources. What is a DP, PI, RG, or RIP, and when should you use OPA or AAD? Where is that NARA database you found just yesterday? This session presents some simple methods for understanding the NARA research process and navigating NARA finding aids and the website, whether you are researching online, in microfilm, or in original one-of-a-kind manuscripts in Washington or regional NARA facilities.

Evening Lectures are held in College Center Square in the “Cafeteria” building.


GRIP ON THE ROAD, on the campus of Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, Michigan, AUGUST 3-8, 2014

Weekday programs are open to the public and will be held on the campus of St. Mary’s Schools in the Rev. Wotta Building, Room 6, beginning at 7 pm. (See no. 11 on map below.) Sponsored by Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI) and the Polish Mission.
Schedule subject to change.

Sunday, August 3 - Scavenger Hunt or Polish Panorama for registrants

Monday, August 4 -Tomasz Szeil, Archivist, Lodz, Poland, speaking on the archives of the European Union

Tuesday, August 5 - Wawel Folk Ensemble (video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwX10ma8HZ0)

Wednesday, August 6 - Kris Rzepczynski, State of Michigan Archivist, Lansing, Michigan

Thursday, August 7 - Julie Romano, archival framing and care for family heirlooms


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.