Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wishful Wednesday - Registration OPEN for 'GRIP'

I AM SO EXCITED and now exhausted from the stress of registration and then actually getting registered and doing my happy dance that it all went well and I was successful.........

OK OK you are asking what are you talking about? I'll start at the beginning.............

I have just registered for another week long conference being held in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania........ GRIP
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
Like the January SLIG conference I attended, it is also a week long conference picking one topic out of many. This will be my first time at this conference and I am looking forward to it.....  Apparently the demand is very high for this conference (as it was for SLIG) and they say it could be full within minutes of the opening of registration. So when the timer hit -0- and registration opened. the process seemed very intense, stressful and you hope as you are filling out each page  that you were able to correctly complete the online form in time to be counted as registered. AND I DID!!! Don't know whether all the hipe was true but I was not going to take a chance on not getting in.

The conference is June 26- July1, 2016 at LaRoche College, Pittsburgh, PA. It is a dorm situation (private rooms, or two - three to a room). Each room has its own bathroom, refrigerator. Cafeteria style meals are included with the room cost. There are also some hotels/motels with in a mile or more of the college. I opted for a private room on campus.  I am taking the Pennsylvania track (the description of the course is below). There is also a track on Germany but I felt I wasn't ready yet. I only know Bavaria and Hesse-Darmstadt but nothing more than that, so I will wait till the next opportunity. I do need to do a lot more research in Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh and Allegheny to be exact. So as you can see I will also be in the right place in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) to do intimate research on my German family line of DIETZ. If the Pennsylvania track was full, my second choice would have been Judy Russell's course on Women and Children First. But don't have to worry about that now.

YES I AM EXCITED!! So now to start preparing for this experience. It will be here quicker than I need it to be...........  

2016 June – Pennsylvania Research

Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State
Coordinators: Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. and Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M.
Additional Course Instructor: Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
We have designed our course for intermediate and above researchers who understand how the Genealogical Proof Standard forms the foundation for solid research but may not know much about Pennsylvania resources.  Our goal is to present a practical, in-depth, and fast-paced exploration of Pennsylvania record groups with a bit of fun and hands-on exercises thrown in.
If you want to know more about the lives of your Pennsylvania ancestors beyond the basics, join us for five days of digger deeper in to the wealth of online and on-site resources that await you. Every one of our Pennsylvania ancestors has a tale to tell, and it is our responsibility as genealogists to tell it. The Pennsylvania track will expand your knowledge of resources necessary to fulfill the reasonably exhaustive search your ancestors deserve. We will present comprehensive overviews of the records in which your ancestor may appear, delve into how and where those records can be accessed, and demonstrate how the records should be used to expand an understanding of your ancestor’s life. We will provide you with interesting case studies and practical methods illustrating how ancestors reveal themselves within their social, economic and historical context in Pennsylvania and beyond. During the week you will be challenged to solve hands-on problems in small groups while adhering to the Genealogical Proof Standard.  We will assign some homework that is optional but highly recommended
Here are the other topics offered ....  maybe you are interested in attending, look it over
Fundamentals of Forensic Genealogy for the 21st CenturyCathi Desmarais, CGKelvin Meyers
Michael Ramage, J.D., CG
German Research ResourcesWarren Bittner, CGBaerbel Johnson, AG
Master the Art of Genealogical Documentation
Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG
AND there is a second week of totally different courses offered July 17-22. Registration opens for this one on March 2 NOON EST

Thursday, February 4, 2016


JAMBOREE, a favorite conference of mine. From the first time I attended several years ago, I have tried to go each year. It is a little smaller than national conference's but offer much of the same things as the national conferences. Yes, it is that time again to start thinking about what you will be doing during the 2016 year........  lots of different genealogy conferences coming up.............  The Jamboree in Burbank is a long weekend of social events, classes, hands-on, demo's, lab sessions, Exhibit hall and so much more........and it is local for us. Yes local - less than a  day drive or less than an hour flight.  The weather is usually very nice, and of course in June it should be nice and warm and you are able to go outside for a walk or go site seeing. It is located very close to the airport so it is convenient to the hotel. 

Southern California Genealogical Society
presents the 
                                             47th Southern California Genealogy JAMBOREE

June 2-5 2016 
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel
Burbank California

                                                          Genetic Genealogy 2016  
                                           Future of the Past: Genetic Genealogy 2016                              
                                                            Thursday June 2, 2016
there are other workshops, and labs being offered for others not attending the one day Genetic Conference- always something to do.


                                          Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
                                          Giving to the Future by Preserving the Past
                                                                 Friday - Sunday
                                                                  June 3-5, 2016

If you are interested in attending, you need to at least make your hotel reservations now. The Marriott fills up very quickly. Then you need to go the website and see what is being offered and register. Then decide how you are going to get there - drive or fly. Maybe there are others that will be attending that you can tag along, and/or room with other members.  

See you there............ Yes I have registered, I have my hotel room at the Marriott's and I have my room mate, Marilyn Ulbricht.........  and we will be driving down.