09 May 2011

Week-Long Gen Ed Program Coming to Pittsburgh in 2012

The formation of GRIP, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, was announced recently, and a website launched at http://www.gripitt.org/Planning now underway calls for a week-long program of genealogical courses beginning Sunday, July 22, 2012 and running through Friday, July 27, 2012. 

The event is scheduled to take place at LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237. If you want to check out the facility, the college website is at http://www.laroche.edu/home.cfm. The facilities look to be new and comfortable.

According to GRIP, t
he instructors will be "experienced genealogical researchers, lecturers, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem-solving exercises. The students come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all share their passion for family history and for learning how to efficiently break down ‘brick wall’ genealogical puzzles."

The organizers indicate they are planning four different, week-long genealogical courses. They promise that they will "incorporate hands-on learning in a state-of-the-art and friendly community atmosphere. Socializing during meals or in the evenings may let distant cousins discover each other or a new-found research buddy."
Why is this being done?  According to GRIP, "The demand for in-depth genealogical education is so high that week-long courses sell out shortly after registration opens, disappointing many potential students. At the same time genealogists who have taken many courses want new content. Beginning in July 2012 the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), offering week-long courses of high quality with internationally recognized instructors, will address these needs."
Registration will open in February next year. To learn more stay, tuned to www.GRIPitt.org.

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