We had such a wonderful time at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh in July! Someone described the week as a “genealogy bubble” in which one could live, eat, and even sleep with genealogical thoughts. Many of the 108 students in four courses experienced a week-long “summer camp for genealogists” for the first time. Most will be back they tell us.
To see photographs of some of the fun, please explore the GRIPitt.org website in general as they are sprinkled throughout but in particular under the “Courses” tab for 2012. There are also more photos posted on the GRIP Facebook page.
We received such nice emails, Facebook notes, and postal mail thank yous that we thought we just might do this again (big smile). So you will want to note that the six courses for 2013 are currently listed. More details will be posted as they become available. Which will you plan to attend?
Thank you to everyone who participated. Faculty and students, you made GRIP the success it was! Twenty-eight states were represented with 88 students driving and 20 flying. We want to thank the sponsoring organizations who made the evening lectures possible and open to the public: the Great Lakes Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the North Hills Genealogists, the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
We also want to thank those who donated door prizes. La Roche College welcomed us to their campus with the bookstore giving many La Roche related items including t-shirts, mug, and a pink bag. The latter was won by a gentleman who said the bookstore graciously exchanged it for another color. The Genealogical Publishing Company and RootsMagic contributed books and software. Copies of Evidence Explained and a German dictionary along with RootsMagic software were given by way of “Chinese auction” in each of the appropriate classrooms.
We had many cases of family and friends attending GRIP together. This year we had a father-daughter pair, a mother-daughter pair, and several couples who either enjoyed the same course together or separate ones for twice the family knowledge. Three friends came together, sharing a hotel room, groceries, and a rental car. We also had at least two occasions where roommates first met at GRIP and found they felt like they had been friends forever.
Check out the “Blogs” tab on the website to see how students described their experiences. One blog talks about not knowing anyone upon arrival but making friends quickly over lunch and other social occasions. Others loved the afternoon breaks and were missing the “make-your-own trailmix” when they got home. Many took advantage of four days of browsing Maia’s Books and enjoyed making their piles as they found each new treasure.
All in all, it sounds like a good time was had by all. Your co-directors, Deborah Lichtner Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell, enjoyed hosting this event and hope you can all come next summer — and either plan to bring a friend or make one!