Past and Future

GRIP typically is held at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, the last week of June and the third week of July each year. For the latest news, sign up for email notifications or “Like” us on Facebook.

Below are sections on how to propose a course for GRIP, the 2017 courses, and our past historic benchmarks.

PROPOSALS FOR COURSES are taken through March 26 of the year before the proposed summer institute, i.e., due March 2017 for summer 2018. Proposals include:

  • coordinator’s name and contact info,
  • a short narrative of why this course should be presented at GRIP (such as need, intended audience, geographically appeal to those within 400 miles of GRIP),
  • where this course has been presented before or will be presented
  • any student pre-requisites,
  • outline of eighteen progressive sessions with titles and a sentence or two that describes each session,
  • any other teaching techniques or requirements.
  • Email to

Save the Dates! The 2017 GRIP COURSES will be held in two different weeks in Pittsburgh, each with different courses: 

JUNE SESSION (6 COURSES): June 25-30, 2017

  • Harold Henderson, CG, and Kimberly Powell
    “Confusion to Conclusion: How to Write Proof Arguments”
  • Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
    “Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation”
  • Michael J. Leclerc, CG
    “Writing and Sharing Your Family History”
  • David McDonald, CG
    “Research in the states of the Old Northwest Territory”
  • Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL
    “Research in Washington, DC, from Afar”
  • Amy L. Wachs, J.D.
    “Tracing Your Roots in Eastern Europe”

JULY SESSION (6 COURSES): July 16-21, 2017

  • Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
    “Practical Genetic Genealogy”
  • CeCe Moore
    “Advanced Genetic Genealogy”
  • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
    “Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research”
  • David Rencher, AG, CG
    “Irish Genealogical Research”
  • Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL & Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL
    “Law School for Genealogists”
  • Paula Stuart-Warren, CG
    “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper”


2016: GRIP is 5 years old! The polo shirt color was sage green. For the first time a sponsored evening live lecture was broadcast as a free webinar at the same time by the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research (

2015: Our first year in which two separate weeks (each with six courses) were offered both on the La Roche College campus, one the last week of June and the other the third week of July. The polo shirt color was burgundy.

2014: Our first year in which we offered two separate weeks in two different locations, one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with six courses in July and one in Orchard Lake, Michigan, with four courses in August. Pittsburgh saw 203 students on campus from 42 different states and three foreign countries. It was the first year that a Genetic Genealogy week-long course had been presented anywhere. The polo shirt color for women was French blue and for men, royal blue.

2013: Our first year in which we offered six courses at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. The 2013 courses have photos and detailed course schedules. The polo shirt color was aqua.

2012: Our first year in which we offered four courses at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. The 2012 courses pages have photographs and course descriptions. Group photos are also available. The polo shirt color was turquoise.