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Elissa Scalise Powell
Genealogy is not a hobby but a way of life.
Genealogy is not a hobby but a way of life.
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Now that RootsTech is over (were any of you able to go?) there are other educational options that I wanted you to be aware of, some virtual and some in-person. Feel free to pass this information along to anyone you think interested.
 
Wednesday, February 10 at noon eastern: GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) registration opens for the six June courses, http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=7 where detailed course descriptions can be found under each course title. Tom Jones is doing a brand new course on documentation; Forensic Genealogy Fundamentals; brand-new course in Family Archiving (how to scan, share, and protect your family heirlooms), German research, Pennsylvania research, and Finding Women and Children with Judy Russell.
 
Saturdays, February 20 and 27: Through the Virtual Institute of Genealogy I will present a course on becoming a paid professional. http://vigrgenealogy.com  This will be a great way to explore the topic in a live virtual presentation where you get to interact with me and your classmates. The session is recorded in case you miss parts of it or want to listen again to it. The "plus" option includes an extra lecture on tips and insights into being a genealogical lecturer.
 
Wednesday, March 2 at noon eastern: GRIP registration opens for the seven July courses. Tom Jones will be doing his Advanced Methodology course; other courses include Italian research, Advanced New England, Practical DNA, Advanced DNA, Intermediate genealogy, and Writing Proof Arguments. Details of all 18 sessions are given under each course title:
http://www.gripitt.org/?page_id=7  
Saturdays, March 12 and 19: Through the Virtual Institute of Genealogy I will present a course on to become a better genealogist including tips and efficiencies when writing up your research.  http://vigrgenealogy.com  
 
April 1 and 2: Fairfax Genealogical Society Conference, Fairfax, VA. http://www.fxgs.org
 
May 3: BCG Ed Fund Skillbuilding workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL: http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/bcg-education-fund  
May 4-7: NGS conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL:
http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org
 
June 2-5: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, Burbank, CA: http://genealogyjamboree.com 
 
June 12-17: IGHR at Samford University, Birmingham, AL. After over 50 years on the university campus, this will be the last IGHR week there. Three courses have sold out and have waiting lists, but the other seven are still available.  http://samford.libguides.com/ighr 
 
June 26-July 1: GRIP June courses are held in Pittsburgh, PA. "Summer camp for genealogists"! www.GRIPitt.org 
 
July 17-22: GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) July courses are held in Pittsburgh. 

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Such fun!

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Confused by all the continuing education options? Want to learn more about scholarships and affordable opportunities? Come learn how to create a personalized education plan at this free webinar.

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Online registration deadline for the June 28-July 3 week of GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) is Friday, June 19. The registration deadline for the July 19-24 week is July 10. Still plenty of seats available for some great courses such as church records, writing, land and maps, genealogy as a career, and Practical Genetic Genealogy (DNA!). Take a look at www.GRIPitt.org under the courses tab. Pittsburgh is only about 30 miles from the Ohio state line making it very convenient!

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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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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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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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