GRIP Status and Free Programs

On Sunday, June 26, we are very pleased to welcome over 150 students who will be taking one of six courses from the top instructors in genealogy. Registration closes on Wednesday with a couple of openings in four courses due in part to cancellations. (See the Registration page to see which ones.) 25% of the students are attending their first institute with 63% GRIP returnees and 12% who have attended another institute. Attending from 35 different states and one country (New Zealand), 63% are driving, 33% are flying, 2% are taking the train, and 2% are taking the bus.

In conjunction with GRIP, three societies are sponsoring evening lectures at 7 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, that are free and open to the public. Thank you North Hills Genealogists (of Pittsburgh), Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS), and the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society, for making these evening lectures available to all. For the schedule of expert lecturers and topics see the Public Program page.

The GRIP July week (July 17-22) is still taking registrations for some of its courses for the next two weeks. Check out the Courses page to see the details of the eighteen sessions in each course. Similar to June, there will be sponsored lectures on three evenings during the week. The North Hills Genealogists and WPGS will again sponsor a lecture on Monday and Tuesday evenings. The Virtual Institute of Genealogy will sponsor a live presentation that will also be broadcast as a webinar at the same time on Thursday, July 21. For those who cannot attend in person, you can pre-register for the limited free webinar “Finding and Using Online Legal Resources” by going to

See you there!

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