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Elissa Scalise Powell
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If you missed seeing the season opener, you can catch me in "The Instigator" episode of +The Dead Files on an upcoming air date on The Travel Channel.
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For those with ancestors who came from Pennsylvania or New York you will be interested to learn that there are two new week-long courses, one for each state, at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). New York Research will be presented June 28-July 3 at La Roche College in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Registration for the course begins Wednesday, February 4, at noon eastern. See www.GRIPitt.org for a description.

Pennsylvania: Research in the Keystone State will be held July 19-24 at La Roche College. Its registration begins Wednesday, February 18 at noon eastern. 

Both are very popular courses and may sell out within minutes of registration opening. Please join the waitlist in that event.
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Stay tuned as we gather information from the 2015 course coordinators and put it up on our website at www.GRIPitt.org. Registration for the June 28-July 3 week in Pittsburgh will be Wednesday, Feb. 4 and for the July 19-25 week in Pittsburgh, registration will be Wednesday, Feb. 18. More news coming but the course titles are up under the 2015 tab.
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As the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Exhibits Chair, I would like to let you know that the Exhibitor Information booklet is now available on the OGS.org website. I hope you will consider joining us in Columbus in April.

If you cannot exhibit April 9-11, 2015, please consider taking out an ad in the conference syllabus or donating a door prize. Information on these opportunities are also in the exhibit booklet. Both are good ways to get your name and information in front of the attendees. 

Columbus, being the state capital, usually draws the best crowds for this conference. In addition the exhibit areas are free and open to the public to browse.

For more detailed information and a downloadable program booklet and exhibitor booklet, please see http://www.ogs.org/conference2015/index.php where you will find the form to send to OGS with your payment. Costs per table include free Wi-Fi and electricity.
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As the 2015 Ohio Genealogical Society Exhibits Chair, I would like to let you know that the Exhibitor Information booklet is now available on the OGS.org website. I hope you will consider joining us in Columbus in April.

If you cannot exhibit April 9-11, 2015, please consider taking out an ad in the conference syllabus or donating a door prize. Information on these opportunities are also in the exhibit booklet. Both are good ways to get your name and information in front of the attendees. 

Columbus, being the state capital, usually draws the best crowds for this conference. In addition the exhibit areas are free and open to the public to browse.

For more detailed information and a downloadable program booklet and exhibitor booklet, please see http://www.ogs.org/conference2015/index.php where you will find the form to send to OGS with your payment. Costs per table include free Wi-Fi and electricity.
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This will be a terrific course! If anyone has seen J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott together in person, one might wonder how to keep a straight face while they share their knowledge with a great sense of humor. This looks like a fun class! Details on the eighteen sessions that will be presented are at http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=1153.
My friends J. Mark Lowe and Deborah Abbott are teaching 4 and a half days of workshops on the subject of "Finding and Documenting African-American Families".  For more information, visit www.gripitt.org.
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I really enjoyed the Western Reserve Historical Society's conference on Saturday in Cleveland with Dr. Thomas Jones. He will also be presenting week-long courses in Pittsburgh and in Orchard Lake, Michigan titled "Determining Kinship Reliably with the Genealogical Proof Standard." There are limited seats in Orchard Lake in August and just one seat left in Pittsburgh in July. For more information see www.GRIPitt.org.
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Six weeks from today GRIP registration for the June 28-July 3 courses will open at noon (Eastern) on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. These courses are bound to be very popular including “Practical Genetic Genealogy” with Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, CeCe…
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“Everyone tracing a family’s history faces a dilemma. We strive to reconstruct relationships and lives of people we cannot see, but if we cannot see them, how do we know we have portrayed them accurately? Is determining ancestry that predates living…
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Updated number of seats available at GRIP in Pittsburgh and in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
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Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) still has seats available in both Pittsburgh (July) and in Orchard Lake, Michigan, (August) for week-long courses in various topics. Most popular are Tom Jones' course on "Determining Kinship with the GPS" which follows his book Mastering Genealogical Proof. Also available in both locations is "Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper" coordinated by Paula Stuart-Warren.

Other courses in Orchard Lake (suburb of Detroit) are "Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 years of records including Prussian, Russian, and Austrian Poland" with Ceil Jensen who literally wrote the book on the topic. Assisting her are Dr. Hal Learman and several instructors including a visiting Polish archivist from Lodz. This is an unique offering.

D. Joshua Taylor will present "Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: New England to the Midwest" in Michigan and in Pittsburgh he will do "Becoming an Online Expert: Mastering Search Engines and Digital Archives."

Also in Pittsburgh are J. Mark Lowe and Dr. Deborah Abbott teaching "Finding and Documenting African-American Families." You may also get on the waitlist for "Practical Genetic Genealogy" and "Law School for Genealogists" both of which are currently sold out (but movement in the rosters do occur.

For more information see www.GRIPitt.org.
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