Friday, July 26, 2013

GRIP Days 2-4

Some things I learned on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at GRIP:

* The official print listing of courses for 2014 is out.

* Tricks for finding multiple volumes of digitized publications (books or magazines): try a variant title, search on the original title plus "volume 2," or use Google to search for the title on Internet Archive.

* Your ancestor may have applied for a military pension even if he didn't qualify under the current law -- and he may have provided evidence for successful comrades from the same Revolutionary or War of 1812 unit.

* Researching the western 1/5 or so of New York requires attention to land companies' business records at least as much as land records themselves.

* In one classroom during off time, those interested can read some successful BCG portfolios, and some BCG judges' evaluations of both successful and unsuccessful portfolios (anonymous, not accompanied by the portfolios being judged).

* Don't you dare miss the DAR library, either on line or when you visit Washington DC.

* Happiness is being able to open your down window and have cool air pour in from outside . . . in July.

* The dormitory walls are not as thick as you may think.

Harold Henderson, "GRIP Days 2-4," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 26 July 2013 ( : accessed [access date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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