Monday, August 4, 2014

GRIP 2014: Polish Genealogy

I arrived yesterday for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh's On the Road week in Orchard Lakes, Michigan for the "Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records" course.  I attended the inaugural GRIP in 2012, missed 2013 due to having a newborn, and when I saw the Polish offering at the Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), I knew exactly which course to sign up for this year.

Detroit Train Station
Getting to Orchard Park was quite the trip: we left Syracuse at 4 pm, met my mom and gramma for dinner in Waterloo, then Julian and I headed to Buffalo while my husband headed back home.  We arrived around 8 and I took a nap.  The train was supposed to leave the Buffalo-Depew station at 11:59 pm (she's leaving {leaving} on a midnight train to Detroit...), but due to delays and the water issue in Toledo, didn't leave until around 2 am.  We arrived in Toledo around 7:30 am, then took a bus to Detroit where I had quite the layover, which just got longer when my train to Pontiac, MI was over an hour late.  I finally arrived in Pontiac about 24 hours after I first left home where the wonderful director of PARI (and also one of my instructors this week), Ceil, picked me up from the train station and we made it to campus a little before 5.

Polish Panorama
I registered, met my lovely room mate Linda, got settled in the dorm, and headed to the opening night dinner.  After dinner, we got an overview of the Polish Panorama from Ceil, which I will discuss in detail on my post tomorrow.  All followed by an early bedtime.

I'll be posting about my experience at GRIP daily this week; let me know if you have any questions!

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