Evening Activities

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


NOTE: Evening activities in Orchard Lake, Michigan, in August will be announced here when formalized. Maia’s Bookstore will be on the Orchard Lake campus.

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

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: TBD presented by Cyndi Ingle of “Cyndislist.com”

Sponsored by North Hills Genealogists


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.

THE FOLLOWING WERE 2013 Evening Lectures:

Monday, July 22, 2013: WHAT IS A “REASONABLY EXHAUSTIVE” SEARCH? presented by Michael Hait, CG
Sponsored by the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Tuesday, July 23, 2013: READ ALL ABOUT YOUR ANCESTORS BY LOCATING HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS presented by Angela Packer McGhie; Followed by the premier showing of “Who Do You Think You Are?” on cable-TV.
Sponsored by North Hills Genealogists

Thursday, July 25, 2013: presentation by Michael Hait, CG, Sponsored by Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania


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.