GRIP Registration Status Report

Last week GRIP enjoyed its smoothest registration ever. The Countdown Timer (which has now been reset for the March 2 registration for July courses) helped to release the registration website at the same time for all participants who then proceeded to claim their seats in their chosen courses. Tom Jones’ new offering “Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation” sold out in 7 minutes! It now has a wait-list from which you will be contacted in order. Do not despair!–there is usually “movement” in class rosters between now and June.

Almost sold out are Judy Russell’s “Women and Children First!: Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family” and private dorm rooms. Do not delay if you would like to claim your spot in one of these!

There are still seats in the hands-on workshop course Denise Levenick’s “Family Archiving: Heirlooms in the Digital Age.” (You can see Denise’s blog post about the course here.) Also available are: “Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy,” “German Research Resources,” and “Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State.”

The latter two are about as “Pennsylvania” as you can get! With so many of German heritage who lived or migrated through the state, finding the place in Germany and then understanding the records available to genealogists should give you a boost on those lines. Taught by two recognized experts in German genealogy, both F. Warren Bittner and Baerbel Johnson have traveled extensively in Germany (Baerbel was born there) and will share their knowledge with the class.

Sharon Cook MacInnes and Michael D. Lacopo (along with Rick Sayre) will present the Pennsylvania course from both historical and resources perspectives. One has to understand the history in order to know what records were created and where they might be. This course covers many topics and gives a good foundation of understanding research in the Keystone State.

Looking ahead, Wednesday, March 2 at noon Eastern (9 a.m. Pacific), registration will open for the seven courses being offered July 17-22. To begin your planning please see the Course tab menu and plot your strategy with the helpful tips on the Registration page. Topics include DNA (both intermediate level and advanced), both Intermediate and Advanced Methodology, Italian Research, Writing Proof Arguments, and New England strategies.

Please join us for one week, the other, (or both!) and enjoy “summer camp for genealogists” with friends and cousins you haven’t met yet!

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