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Registration opens Wednesday, February 22

Limber up those typing fingers.

Sharpen up the mouse skills.

And mark the calendar.

Because in just a few short days — Wednesday, February 22nd — registration opens for both sessions of one of the year’s premier summer genealogical institutes — two weeks of sessions at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

The first week, June 18-23, is still virtual, meaning lots of folks who might not be able or willing to travel for classes will all be getting in line to register. And the second week, July 9-14, will be in-person on the campus of LaRoche University in Pittsburgh, so lots of folks who are anxious for the resumption of in-person networking and fun will all be getting in line to register.

So… a word to the wise — if you want to attend one of the classes in what The Legal Genealogist calls “summer camp for genealogists,” be ready when registration opens next Wednesday.

GRIP is going into its 12th season this year, and — as usual — co-directors Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, and Deborah Lichtner Deal have a terrific line-up of courses offering in-depth immersion for each of these sessions. With lots of new courses, one of these is bound to be just what you’re looking for.

GRIP 2021

Registration for both the June and July sessions opens on the same day — Wednesday, February 22nd — but at different times. Registration for the June session opens at noon Eastern time (9 a.m. Pacific), registration for the July session opens at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific). The process to register is detailed on the GRIP registration page, and everything you need to know about costs and the like is there as well.

I have a new course being offered for the first time this year, in the July in-person session. Called Putting Those Records to Work, it’s a solidly methodology-based course. We all know that every document we find has an obvious use, like a census record helping identify family members and trace them over time. But every document we come across can be mined for more, to build a deeper richer context for our family members and their place and time. So after a review of the basics, we’ll dive in to getting the most out of the records we find — putting them to work with the help of an instructional team that includes David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, Kelvin Meyers, and Kimberly Powell.

If perhaps you’re looking for something a bit different, here’s what else is available in the two GRIP sessions in 2023 (each link takes you to a page with a complete course description):

June Session, 18-23 June 2023 (virtual):

Advanced DNA Evidence
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Beside, Through, and Beyond the Golden Door: Immigrants to the United States of America After 1890
Rich Venezia and Marian Smith

Digging Deeper: Records, Tools, and Skills
Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA

Essential Tools and Strategies for African-American Research
Dr. Deborah Abbott

Genealogical Organization: Increase Your Productivity
Kelli Jo Bergheimer

Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Researching Your Ancestry in the Austrian Crownland of Galicia
Michelle Chubenko

Spirit of the Inland Seas: Research in the Great Lakes Region
Cari A. Taplin, CG

Tools & Strategies for Tackling Tough Research Problems
Kimberly Powell

Walking in Penn’s Woods: Pennsylvania Research
Amy E. K. Arner

Advanced Family History Research: U.S. Ancestors, 1917 – 1930
Gena Philibert-Ortega and KB Barcomb

July Session, 9-14 July 2023 (in-person):

Practical Genetic Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

Beyond a Name and Date: Advanced Practices in Social History
Gena Philibert-Ortega

Beyond Fundamentals: Hands-on Forensic Genealogy (two sessions, last time offered)
Catherine Desmarais, CG, Kelvin Meyers, Michael Ramage, J.D., CG

Get Your Hands Dirty! A Workshop in Land and Property Records
Kimberly Powell

Intermediate German Research
Warren Bittner, CG

Irish Genealogical Research, Part I
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS

Pennsylvania Germans and Research in the Keystone State
Michael Lacopo

Putting Those Records to Work
Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL

Because — as usual — this line-up is so solid, class space is going to go fast. If you want in, you need to be ready to go when registration opens — Wednesday, February 22 — at noon Eastern time for June classes and at 2 p.m. Eastern for July classes.

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.

Good luck getting into the course you want!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Get a GRIP for 2023,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 17 Feb 2023).

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