What do D. Joshua Taylor, Rob Lowe, and the DAR have in common? Why, an episode of NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” of course! If you saw the episode you saw one of our GRIP coordinators on television (again) working with a celebrity to find the truth about his past. (The episode can also be watched online http://www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are/video/rob-lowe/1398785/) Joshua was filmed at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. where many of us have researched. In fact I think they were sitting in my favorite chairs!
Now wouldn’t you love to get Josh’s experience in the front of a classroom for a whole week where you can benefit from your interaction with him? That one is easy — there are still a few slots left in “Beneath the Home Page: Problem Solving with Online Repositories” which is an unique offering at GRIP in July. Josh will show the participants the “backdoor” to the internet sites of various repositories like genealogical society, religious, state, and university libraries from all over the United States. Diaries, journals, letters, photographs, historic maps, oral histories, books — what other gems will you discover that have been digitized online? How will you find them? How can you use them to solve brick wall problems? Attendees will explore these questions.
Beneath the Homepage is also fortunate to have the expertise of Paula Stuart-Warren giving some of the presentations. Her vast experience will be an added bonus to this course. She is also coordinating another GRIP course “Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper” in which D. Joshua Taylor will have some presentations. In Paula’s Intermediate course, be ready to cover various records like probate, land, court, military, federal records, newspapers, and institutional records such as prisons, orphanages, asylums and poor houses and learn how to find and use them. These are the building blocks of all research and even experienced researchers will enjoy the in-depth look at each and how to apply them to problems in our genealogy. Paula is holding some sessions in which some student-submitted problems will be discussed. What a great way to brainstorm!
For presentation descriptions of all four GRIP courses, go to the GRIP home page and click on the “Courses” in the black menu bar.
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We hope to see many of you at NGS in Cincinnati next week. It promises to be a wonderful conference!