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GRIP opens new seats

The Legal Genealogist offers apologies in advance to friend, colleague and mentor Thomas W. Jones.

I am the student who sits in the back and whines, “Why do we have to do that???”

And while I hope not to be whining that much, I will certainly be sitting in the back — virtually — in Tom’s course Mastering Genealogical Documentation, just added to the third virtual session of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) for July 19-24, 2020.

GRIP summer 2020

The course is one I’d registered for several years ago, and was unable to attend because of a death in the family. And I’m just delighted that it will be part of my genealogical education here in 2020. I try hard to cite my sources and do it reasonably well, but this is my weakest point and I can use all the help I can get.

This wouldn’t have been possible until GRIP went virtual for 2020. Tom’s course and my own Women and Children First course were both slated for the same June week, and it’s just not possible to coordinate one class and take another at the same time.

But once the decision to go virtual was made, some courses that can’t be done in a virtual setting were cancelled, and others added to the line up in their place. Adding a second week for Mastering Genealogical Documentation in the last July session made it possible for me to finally take a course I really want to take.

So… how about you? Will GRIP going virtual mean there’s now an open slot for a course you want? There are, at this moment, still seats in a few GRIP courses for this summer:

• June 21-26: Exploring American Quaker Records with Steven W. Morrison and Annette Burke Lyttle

• July 6-10: Documentation for Lineage Societies with Sandra Rumble
Gateway to the Garden State: Sources and Strategies for New Jersey Research with Melissa A. Johnson, CG (and yours truly gets to chime in on courts and laws)
Following Your Ancestors in Time and Place with Cari A. Taplin, CG (new course)

• July 19-24: Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA
Introduction to Jewish Genealogy with Emily Garber
Practical Genetic Genealogy with Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D. (new session)
Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation with Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, FASG (new session)

Registration information for all courses is on the GRIP website.

See you in class!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Going to summer school,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 7 May 2020).

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