Monday, January 26, 2015

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh Registration Details

I am excited to be teaching in the land course at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) this June! Here are the details from GRIP co-director Elissa Powell on registering for the programs this summer:

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) is a very popular “summer camp for
genealogists” that is held on the campus of La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year 205 students from 40 states and 3 countries attended seven classes in Pittsburgh. Having fun while learning about genealogy in the company of friends and like-minded classmates is why students return year after year. Not to mention the course coordinators and instructors who are tops in the field! GRIP is happy to provide two separate weeks for learning opportunities this summer, each with its own opening registration date.

Registration for the first week of GRIP is coming quickly on Wednesday, February 4, at Noon Eastern. A countdown timer has been installed on the registration page which will go automatically at the “zero hour” to the registration page. There is no need to watch the clock, hit refresh, or otherwise fear that you will miss the “opening bell.” In fact doing any such action will interfere with the automatic transition and slow your computer down. All you have to do is pick out your course from the list below and read the Registration page completely to prepare your registration answers. Descriptions of the 18 lecture sessions for each course are detailed on the GRIP website.

See you this summer in Pittsburgh!

These six courses to be held June 28 to July 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 4:
§  Writing Your Immigrant Families’ Stories: From Research to Publishing with John P. Colletta, Ph.D. and Michael Hait, CG
§  Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL and Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS
§  Researching New York State with Karen Mauer Jones, CG , FGBS
§  Problem Solving with Church Records with Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG
§  Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL and Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, Angela McGhie, and Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL
§  Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.

These six courses to be held July 19-24, 2015 in Pittsburgh have registration beginning February 18:
§  Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, and Debra Mieszala, CG
§  Advanced Research Methods with Thomas W. Jones, PhD., CG, CGL, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, and Pam Sayre, CG, CGL
§  Refresh, Rebuild and Recharge Your Genealogy Career with D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGA, Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, and Debra Mieszala, CG
§  Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State with Sharon Cook MacInnes, Ph.D. and Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M.
§  Practical Genetic Genealogy with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, Patti Hobbs, CG, and Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D.
      §  Law School for Genealogists with Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL and Richard G. “Rick” 
      Sayre, CG, CGL, Marian L. Smith

Sunday, January 18, 2015

IGHR Registration Opens Tuesday! Are you ready?

I know there are lots of genealogists who would love to attend the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). They have their eye on a course, and want to be among the first to register and ensure their spot. Well, the fun will take place this Tuesday, January 20th beginning at 11:00a.m. Eastern (10:00am Central).

If you have not registered for IGHR before, you will want to visit the IGHR 101 page to familiarize yourself with the process and have your information typed out and ready to copy into the registration form. There is a video guide on how to register or get on the waiting list if a course is full. You will want to do this. There are cancellations every year and some of those on the waiting list get into their course of choice.

In order to accommodate the rush on the IGHR online registration system, the courses have a staggered opening for registration. Here is the schedule:

11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 AM Central):
#3. Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis, coordinator Judy Russell
#9. Genealogy as a Profession, coordinator Elissa Powell
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central):
#4. Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, coordinator Thomas W. Jones
#6. The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them, coordinator Linda Geiger
12:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Central):
#8. Research in the South: The Colonies of the South, coordinator Mark Lowe
#10. Virginia’s Land & Military Conflicts, coordinator Victor Dunn
12:30 PM Eastern (11:30 AM Central)
#2. Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, coordinator Angela McGhie
#7. Land Records: Using Maps, coordinator Rick Sayre
1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central):
#1. Methods and Sources, by Pamela Sayre
#5. Military Records II, by Craig Scott

I wish each of you the best of luck in getting in to the course of your choice!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

ProGen Study Group Names New Administrator

Many of you know that for the last six years I have served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program. I have encouraged genealogists to study Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills, by organizing online groups to work through the book, completing practical exercises and discussing each topic. This week I will transition my role from administrator of the ProGen Study Group to a position on the board of directors. This change will allow me to pursue some of my other goals in genealogy.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG has been named as the new administrator of the ProGen Study Program, and will begin her service on January 1, 2015. Rebecca has completed the ProGen program, served as a ProGen coordinator, and is well prepared to take over leadership of the ProGen Study Program. I am confident that the vision of ProGen will continue under her direction.

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, is a board certified genealogist with special emphasis in Maryland and War of 1812 research.  She was coordinator for the 4th and 14th ProGen groups and coordinator for the 16th Gen Proof online study group (peer-led group study of Dr. Thomas Jones’ book Mastering Genealogical Proof).  She has spoken for the Maryland State Archives and for conferences and groups in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. She has taught beginning and advanced genealogy courses for Howard Community College.

Rebecca is a member of DAR, NGS, MGS, MDHS, NEHGS, and NYG&B.  She was formerly assistant director of the Columbia Maryland Family History Center and was the treasurer for the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.   She completed courses with NGS, NIGR, and SLIG (Advanced Methodology), and has recently authored articles for the Maryland Genealogical Society Journal.  She now serves as a board member of the Maryland Genealogical Society and volunteers at the Family History Center in Frederick, Maryland.   Rebecca has been taking clients and lecturing since 2004.  Her current passion is for the Preserve the Pensions: War of 1812 project sponsored by FGS.  She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland, with three active teenagers and a very patient husband.

CG (SM) and Certified Genealogist (SM) are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® and are used under license by Board-certified associates who meet program standards and periodic competency evaluations.
About the ProGen Study Program:
The ProGen Study Groups are organized to encourage professional and aspiring genealogists to put into practice the principles found in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians, edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills. This program employs an innovative method of collaborative learning focused on developing genealogical research skills and business practices.

Each month group members study one or two chapters of Professional Genealogy and complete a practical assignment relating to the material. They meet online to discuss the topic in small group discussions. Members review each other’s assignments and offer constructive feedback. Participation in the program requires a time commitment, but provides a unique opportunity for constructive feedback from colleagues. Each ProGen study group has a board-certified genealogist mentoring the group. These volunteer mentors participate in the monthly discussions to answer questions and offer guidance.

There have been twenty-four ProGen study groups, with over 500 genealogists participating in the 18-month program. The list of ProGen alumni can be viewed at  For more information on the ProGen Study Program see

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ICAPGen Study Group to Begin in January

The following is from ICAPGen.

Registration is now open for the ICAPGen Study Groups. The next group will begin in January 2015.
What is an ICAPGen Study Group?
This is a 3 to 6 month study group that meets twice a month via the internet for an hour. Each group contains people with similar chosen regions. These groups cap at 8 to 10 people. Groups are organized to begin at the start of each quarter throughout the year. 
What is the purpose of the ICAPGen Study Groups?
The purpose of these groups is to provide support for ICAPGen Project submission and preparation for the ICAPGen exam. 
What kind of commitment is needed to participate in one of the ICAPGen Study Groups?
The participant:
  • Has already selected and begun the research project for the ICAPGen Project
  • Wants to submit ICAPGen Application and Project within the next 3 to 6 months
  • Commits to attending all bi-monthly meetings via internet
  • Commits to completing all Study Group assignments on time
  • Is prepared to pay the $100 Application Fee during the next 3 to 6 month

How Do I Register?
If you are interested in participating in the January 2015 Study Group please send an email to the address below. The email needs to include the following information:
·         Name
·         Email Address
·         Snail Mail Address
·         ICAPGen US Region or International Country chosen for application & testing
·         Brief genealogical background
·         Quarter in which you would like to begin in the Study Group (Jan, April, July, Oct)
·         Send this information to: