Monday, July 22, 2013

GRIP Day 0 -- 2013 courses about to begin, 2014 courses announced

Arriving and settling in at a new location is always the hardest time of a conference or institute for me. Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh co-directors Elissa Powell and Deb Deal did a good job of arranging things so that this transitional period was as painless as possible. LaRoche College looks like a pleasant environment for study (and its climate is more suited to late-afternoon walks than Birmingham in June or Salt Lake City in January!).

Even before the 2013 courses open at 8:15 am Monday morning, the big news from Sunday evening's welcome is the slate of six courses to be offered next year (21-25 July 2014). [Please note that the following is from my notes scribbled at the dinner table and is subject to correction; I expect that reliable official information will appear on the GRIP web site.] Two of this year's courses will repeat (the names are coordinators, who will be assisted by other faculty):

Thomas W. Jones on Determining Kinship Reliably through the Genealogical Proof Standard

Paula Stuart-Warren on Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper

Four new courses will be offered:

D. Joshua Taylor on Mastering the Internet (Databases and Repositories)

Judy Russell on Genealogy and the Law

J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott on African-American Genealogy

Debbie Parker Wayne on Practical DNA

Four 2013 offerings will not reappear next year: Taylor on the 1780-1840 gap, Craig R. Scott on military records, John P. Colletta on telling immigrants' stories, and Rick and Pam Sayre on advanced land research. Those who postponed attending these courses will have to hope that they will appear elsewhere or elsewhen.

Bottom line: if any of the six 2014 offerings appeals to you, be sure to enroll in it in 2014 while you have the chance!

Harold Henderson, "GRIP Day 0 -- 2013 courses about to begin, 2014 courses announced," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 22 July 2013 ( : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]


Eric Stroschein said...

Forgot Judy Russell, Genealogy and the law.

Harold Henderson said...

Thanks, Eric, but it was there. Might not be visible between 3 and 4 am ;-)