- Are Institutes Worth the Cost and Time: Beyond a doubt. In fact, I can’t wait to go back next year and am contemplating adding SLIG to my January plans. Institutes are a great way to look in depth at a topic that a typical lecture cannot do. Cost-wise, GRIP is an amazing deal. For under $700, I received one week of lectures, syllabus, room, board and an awesome polo shirt. This is probably one of the best values available in genealogical education.
- The Best Part of GRIP: The people, just like at conferences. I met so many interesting people in class, at meals and as a roommate. The coursework is great, but the people you meet are even better.
- What to do Next: Write research plans, order FHL microfilm and search the German newspapers of Buffalo. I also want to practice reading Gothic Script.
- Adding on a Research Trip: Always a great idea if you can do it. Since I was driving past Eden, NY, where my Gress ancestors settled from Germany, I stopped by the library. They had a three volume history of Eden which included a few pages on the German migration there (apparently, most came from the Alsace-Lorraine region) and on which churches the German immigrants went to. I now have a much more specific list of churches to contact and great information for writing an immigrant profile.
- Which Course Next Year: Can I take them all? Next year’s courses are:
- Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper with Paula Stewart-Warren
- Skills for Proof with Dr. Thomas W. Jones
- Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest with D. Joshua Taylor
- Military Records: From Cradle to Grave with Craig R. Scott
- Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative with John P. Colletta
- Advanced Research Tools: Land Records with Rick and Pam Sayre
Monday, July 30, 2012
GRIP: Final Thoughts
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