2013 Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh Wrap-up

20130726_105525[1]In a weeklong institute, you cover a lot of ground quickly and it can be amazing when you look back over the 18 classes you’ve just completed.  With our feet firmly on the floor, we covered the topics of passenger arrival records and naturalizations from colonial times through current and the importance of documentation, not only for the reader, but for you too.  We even delved into the publication arena and discussed methods of publishing — print, EPub, self-publish, etc.

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Day 2 of the 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Sunshine! Temperatures are fantastic.  After suffering last week’s heat wave, it was pleasure to walk outside and be enveloped by a cool 67 degrees.

I forgot to include the breaking news about 2014 courses were announced and the lineup is a good one!    Next year’s institute will be held 21-25 July 2014 and Determining Kinship Reliably through the Genealogical Proof Standard (Thomas W. Jones, CG) and Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG) are returning for a third year to GRIP.  Four new courses will be offered:

  • Law School for Genealogists (Judy G. Russell, JD, CG and Richard Sayre, CG)
  • Finding and Documenting African-American Families (J. Mark Lowe, CG and Dr. Deborah Abbott)
  • Becoming an Online Expert:  Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives (D. Joshua Taylor)
  • Practical Genetic Genealogy (Debbie Parker Wayne, CG; CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger)

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Day 1 of the 2013 Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh

Week-long institutes are a gathering of like-minded genealogists who want to take their education to a new level.  If you’ve never attended a National Conference or Institute, I encourage you to look into them.

This is my second year attending the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh held at LaRoche College in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  My choice for the week this year was “Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Stories: Writing a Quality of Narrative” lead by John Philip Colletta.  Since I have a fair amount of immigrant ancestors both 20th century eastern European back to colonial, I thought spending a week with the nationally known Dr. Colletta would be an exciting opportunity for growth in my writing.

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My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions… Have You Written Yours?

How did you fare in 2012 with your genealogy? Reviewing my genealogical goals for 2012, I see that I fell just a smidge short of the 5 “must do” items that I put on my 2012 calendar page for January 1st.  Here’s a review of how I did and what I’m looking to do this year:

1) COMPLETE my CG application – Well, maybe not so bad for this item. I started “my clock” in May and have the binder setup with Req. 1-4 inside. I am rewriting my 2013 goal to complete Req. 5-7 and submit my portfolio.

2) RESTART my research business – This has been a slow process, but I’m making strides in increasing my client workload and other genealogical activities.  This blog is one of them!!

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