News and Notes for 2018

The opening of GRIP registration is often eagerly awaited by those who want to continue their genealogical education by taking hands-on, in-depth, week-long courses under the tutelage of the best in our field and with like-minded classmates in a friendly atmosphere. This year Wednesday, February 14, 2018, will not only be Valentine’s Day but also registration for all three weeks on the following staggered schedule:

  • The eight courses offered June 24-29 in Pittsburgh will open at 11 a.m. eastern.
  • The eight courses offered July 22-27 in Pittsburgh will open 1 p.m. eastern.
  • The seven courses offered July 29-August 3 in Amherst (Buffalo), NY will open 3 p.m. eastern.

This schedule allows for students to sign up for one or more course weeks in the same day. The updated website will have full information on the process and provide unique links to each registration week. Once you review the course schedules, prioritize the classes so that if your first choice is sold out, you may register for another choice.

Although many of the popular courses sell out within minutes of registration opening, do not be afraid of the wait-list. Send an email to GRIP to be placed on the list. You will be contacted in order of the the time stamp on the email whenever openings arise, which they often do.

If you have never been to GRIP, you can speed your way through the registration system by pre-registering with your contact information. That way you won’t be slowed by putting in your name and address. Use your real email since that is where confirmations will go. If you have been to GRIP before be sure to use the same email or change your profile to reflect any changes.


Have you taken advantage of any scholarships? They are listed in the previous post but be quick to adhere to deadlines.

Instead of another tie or coffee maker, perhaps holiday gifts could contribute to your continuing education fund. It certainly would be a gift that gives back to the family in the form of better family history!

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