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Registration opens TODAY

A quick reminder that the countdown is officially on.

Registration opens today — Wednesday, February 16th — for both sessions of the first of this year’s summer genealogical institutes — two weeks of sessions at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

GRIP countdown

Courses are virtual, with two week-long sessions (19-24 June 2022 and 10-15 July 2022), and registration for the June session opens at noon Eastern time (9 a.m. Pacific), while registration for the July session opens at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific).

The process to register is different this year, so be sure to check out the details on the GRIP registration page.

I have two courses this year, one in each session. In June, it’s Law School for Genealogists, co-coordinated with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA. It’s the foundational course for understanding the areas of law relevant to genealogical research, helping folks learn to use resources created by legal processes and other government actions. From state courts to federal government records, this course covers the waterfront on legal records we use every day in genealogy. And one of the treats of the course is learning about immigration and naturalization records from the undisputed expert on the topic — retired USCIS Genealogy Program director Marian L. Smith.

And in July, it’s Women and Children First: Research Methods for the Hidden Members of the Family, where we look at research methods for some of the hardest folks we research in genealogy: the women of our families – mothers, sisters, wives – and the children they bore and raised. They comprise far more than just a hidden half of our families: women and children greatly outnumbered the menfolk. Yet they left fewer traces in the records and researching these family members effectively poses challenges for any genealogist. Other instructors for this course are Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD; Catherine Becker Wiest Desmarais, CG; Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG; Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA; Marian L. Smith, USCIS (retired); and Ari Wilkins of the Dallas Public Library.

And you can read more about all the courses being offered in both session on the Course Information page at the GRIP website.

There are registration instructions on the website that you’re going to want to read through in advance so you can be ready to go when registration opens — especially since some of the process is new this year.

Good luck getting into the course you want!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Reminder: GRIP registration opens today,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 16 Feb 2022).

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