Congratulations to GRIP Instructors!

GRIP instructors are tops in our field. It is not just GRIP that says that but other organizations as well! We are grateful for the wonderfully warm and personable teaching style each of them has that creates a great learning environment at GRIP. Registration opens Wednesday, Feb. 4 for the June courses and Wednesday, Feb. 18 for the July courses. Please join us!

To highlight a few and to congratulate them on their achievements, here is news about our instructors and coordinators (in alphabetical order):

Blaine Bettinger (Practical Genetic Genealogy course) has recently been elected to the board of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. He also presented a newly-developed set of genetic standards to a group in Salt Lake City for comment. They were well-received.

John Colletta (Writing Your Immigrant Families’ Stories course) has a five out of five rating on his new Great Courses video or audio course, Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy. This course is currently on sale with a 70% discount.

Karen Mauer Green (Research in New York State course) wed Thomas W. Jones (Determining Kinship Reliably with the GPS, and Advanced Research Methods courses) on 3 January 2015 and has changed her name to Karen Mauer Jones. They also have both moved recently to a New York town not too far from New York City.  (See below for photo.)

CeCe Moore (Practical Genetic Genealogy course in June only) not only is the behind the scenes technical adviser to PBS-TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. but also had an on-air part in a DNA episode.

Judy G. Russell (Law School for Genealogists) not only has a blog that has received recent acclaim as one of the top 100 genealogical blogs but also was awarded the Utah Genealogical Society’s Silver Tray Award for scholarly contributions to the field. You can see why she earned this award through the masterful story-telling of the RootsTech 2014 Friday Keynote speech on stories and standards. You can listen to it here beginning at minute 5:00 to 30:00.

Rick Sayre (Law School for Genealogists course and Advanced Research Tools: Land Records) and his wife Pam Sayre (Advanced Research Tools: Land Records) were both elected as fellows of the Utah Genealogical Association which was announced last week. They have also moved to the Salt Lake City area from Virginia. Both are glad to be returning back to the west where they have roots.

The Sayres join other 2015 GRIP instructors who are Fellows of the UGA: From 2010 – Paula Stuart-Warren (Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper course); from 2008 – Thomas W. Jones; from 1999 – John P. Colletta.

D. Joshua Taylor (Refresh, Rebuild and Recharge Your Genealogy Career course) is one of the talented genealogists on the PBS-TV series, Genealogy Roadshow, now in its second season.

Congratulations, Tom and Karen!
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Jones

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Jones

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