Please read this page fully and understand the cancellation and non-payment policies. It also gives you hints on how to quickly and efficiently go through the registration system.

There are two different weeks during which GRIP will be held on the La Roche College campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Each week has *its own* registration link. You must click the correct link to see the courses offered in the associated week. The Courses tab has the list of courses and descriptions for each week.

Please read the rest of this page and then:

  • For the six courses to be held June 26 to July 1 (2016), Registration begins Wednesday, February 10 at noon Eastern.
  • For the six courses to be held July 17 to 22 (2016), Registration begins  Wednesday, March 2 at noon Eastern.

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NOTE: Course registration can be extremely competitive for popular courses and instructors. Courses can be sold out within minutes of registration opening. (For advice from an attendee, see Genealogy Pants blog.)

As each course sells out an email link to send a Waitlist request appears below, or email with your name, email, and desired course. We will accommodate as many wait list requests as we can in the order of the date stamp on the wait list email requests.

TUITION: includes the one-week course, daytime and optional evening sessions, all syllabus notebook materials, social activities, snacks, and a small gift. Payment by check is expected within 30 days of your online reservation. Early bird tuition of $425 if paid within your 30 days and by May 15. After that date tuition is $450.

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: Dormitory accommodations are available for shared double and private rooms. A couple of triple dorm rooms (3 beds, one bath) are available. The dorm package comes with fifteen meals in the cafeteria. It is not mandatory to stay in the air-conditioned dorms but is certainly very convenient! Please see the Location menu tab for more information.

  • Dorms at La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:
    triple (shared, limited number) room with its own “en suite” bath: $295 per person
    double (shared) room, own “en suite” bath: $295 per person
    single (private) room, own “en suite” bath: $350

Your online course reservation will result in an email confirmation. An invoice must accompany your payment check within 30 days to secure your classroom seat. To print an invoice, please enter the registration system through the registration link, enter the email used to register, then click on “More Details.” On the next page is the option “Invoice.” If you are having problems seeing the invoice, turn off your pop-up blocker temporarily and try again.

Checks should be made out to GRIP and sent to:
G. R. I. P.
P. O. Box 44
Wexford, PA 15090-0044


Prompt payment is expected. Cancellation of your online reservation or failure to pay for your course reservation within 30 days of making it will result in cancellation of your classroom seat and an assessment of a $25 administrative fee owed to GRIP which covers the costs incurred in taking your reservation.  To use the early-bird pricing, payment must be made before May 15 regardless of when the registration occurred. Cancellation refund requests, subject to a $75 cancellation fee, must be received in writing no later than May 31 for the June institute and June 30 for the July institute. No refunds after those respective dates. Any owed cancellation fees will be carried over to the following year.


The following will be helpful to know previous to registration.

To begin the online process, be prepared to enter your valid email address. This is where confirmations and communications from GRIP will be sent. If you have ever registered for GRIP, the system already has your email and profile information–please check it. A sequential series of screens asking for information will need to be filled in before the “Register” button can be pushed. Only the “Register” button finalizes your choices. The process is described below:

Choose one of the courses offered by checking the box. If you want a dorm room, place the number “1” in the appropriate box (shared or private). For the shared room, you may place a “1” for yourself, or a “2” in the box if you want to pay for both roommates (2 X dorm price). Whether or not you pay for him/her, the roommate’s name will be entered a little later in the process under Questionnaire no. 4. If you don’t have a roommate, one can be assigned to you.

All students will receive syllabus materials delivered as a PDF to the email with which they register. They are for personal use only. You can then print them at home if you want to bring a paper copy to GRIP. If you want to pick up a printed syllabus notebook at GRIP, please purchase that option for $10. Syllabuses run from 100 to 150 pages depending on the course.

You may also purchase an optional polo shirt with the GRIP logo. This year’s color is to be determined. Class photos are taken on “shirt day” which will be announced during the institute. Give your size on the Questionnaire screen in question no. 5. (The size chart is at the bottom of this page.)

On the next screen, fill in your contact information which includes your name as it will appear on your badge. Previous students may not see this page.

Following the contact information screen is the Questionnaire that asks some questions:

1. How did you hear about GRIP? (narrative text – required field)

2. Will you be driving, flying, taking the train, or taking a bus? (drop-down menu – required field)

3. Tell us about your genealogy experience in 50 words or less. (narrative text – required. You may cut and paste from a prepared text.)

4. If sharing a dorm room, please give roommate’s name otherwise leave this question blank. If you want to be matched with a roommate, please indicate your gender by entering it here. (optional text field)

5. If you purchased a polo shirt with the GRIP logo for $20, what size do you need? (drop-down menu with “none” and “yes” shirt size options in both men’s and women’s – see chart below – required.)

6. Is this your first week-long institute? If you came to GRIP last year, let us know or if you are new to the institute experience. (drop-down menu with “Yes,” “No – attended GRIP previously,” and “No – have attended another institute” – required)

7. I AGREE that if I cancel my registration between now and when I send my check, or if I do not pay, I owe GRIP $25 for costs incurred during this registration. (drop down menu “I understand.” Required.)

Next, the Summary page allows you to enter a second email to which a confirmation will be sent. If everything looks okay, click “Proceed to Checkout.” On the next page are a “Register” button and a text box for any notes you want to make to GRIP. Not until you click “Register” is your course reservation made.

The Confirmation page has 4 options: Print an Invoice to send with your check; Register another person with a different email address; Add the event to your Outlook calendar; or Finish.

NOTE: Depending on how busy the registration system is, an invoice may take a long time to generate. It appears as a pop-up so if you have a pop-up blocker on, you will need to temporarily disable it and try to generate the invoice again by entering the registration system and clicking on “other.”

You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you see the confirmation page. Please check your spam filter for it if you do not get it and allow email from “123signup – GRIP” in order to receive future communications.


Polo shirts are typically worn on Thursday during the week for class pictures. The “color of the year” is to be determined. Chest measurements for men and bust measurements for women are given below in inches. Ladies’ also includes size in parentheses.

  Wrinkle-resistant fabric and a clean straight bottom.

  The classic sport shirt is designed with side vents for breathability during activity.

  A rib-knit collar, banded sleeves, matching buttons, and taped neck and shoulders provide the finishing touch.

  Made of a 5.5-oz 65/35 polyester/cotton blend of material with a very soft hand for all-day comfort.

                         MENS                                      LADIES
S                    34-36″                              32-33″   (4-6)
M                   38-40″                              34-35″  (8-10)
L                    42-44″                              36-38″  (12-14)
XL                 46-48″                              40-42″  (16-18)
2XL               50-52″                              44-46″  (20-22)
3XL               54-56″                              48-50″  (24-26)
4XL               58-60″                              52-54″  (28-30)