REGISTER HERE for GRIP Pittsburgh for the six courses to be held in July. Please see Waitlist note below. Seats available in ”Practical Genetic Genealogy,” ”Finding and Documenting African-American Families,” “Determining Kinship Reliably Using the GPS,” “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper,” and “Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives.”

REGISTER HERE for “GRIP on the Road” in Orchard Lake, Michigan, for the four courses offered in August: ”Determining Kinship Reliably Using the GPS,” “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper,” “Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records,” and “Bridging the Gap: New England to the Midwest, 1780-1840.”

NOTE: Course registration can be extremely competitive for popular courses and instructors. Courses can be sold out within minutes of registration opening. As each one sells out an email link to send a Waitlist request appears below, or email with your name, email, and desired course.

Click on the link to send an email request. Put your name, contact info and course desired in the text body.

Pittsburgh: Law School for Genealogists (sold out)

Pittsburgh: Private Dorm Room Waitlist (shared room available)

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 $410 if paid within your 30 days and by May 15, 2014. After that date tuition is $425.

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: Dormitory accommodations are available for shared double and private rooms. 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:
    double (shared) room, own “en suite” bath: $275 per person
    single (private) room, own “en suite” bath: $330
  • Dorms at Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, Michigan:
    double (shared) room, “Jack and Jill” bath shared with next room: $330 per person
    single (private) room, “Jack and Jill” bath shared with next room: $430

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 link above, enter your email as before, 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

Failure to pay for your reservation within 30 days will result in cancellation of your classroom seat and an assessment of a $25 administrative fee. Cancellation of your online reservation also results in a $25 fee owed to GRIP. Please note the cancellation and refund policy.


Prompt payment is expected. Reservations will be cancelled 30 days after they are made if payment has not been received and a $25 administrative fee will be assessed. Reservations cancelled before full payment is made are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. 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 June 30. No refunds after June 30. 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. 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 them, 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.

You may also purchase an optional polo shirt with the GRIP logo. 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.

Following the contact information screen is the Questionnaire that asks six 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 last year,” and “No – have attended another institute”)

7. Syllabus materials can be either electronic OR printed in a 3-ring binder notebook. Which one do you want? (drop-down menu with “Electronic Syllabus” or “Printed Syllabus”)

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.

You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you see the confirmation page.

When a course fills, a waiting list will be created. Vacated or cancelled seats will be filled in the order placed on the waiting list.


Polo shirts are typically worn on a certain day during the week for class pictures. The “color of the year” is French Blue (medium blue) which is just a shade lighter than royal blue. 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)