The first day of GRIP has come and gone, and what a day it was. Those of us in Tom Jones’ Advanced Research Methods class had a stimulating day discussing the nuances of sources, information, and evidence—terms that may seem simple on the surface, but hold a realm of complexities within. I was introduced to an entirely new (to me) distinction between sources that are independent vs. related. We also discussed the characteristics of advanced genealogists, the questions to consider in analyzing sources and information, and how to develop a good research plan. Wow.
Even though we didn’t get halfway through the day’s planned material, I think we all walked away with more than enough to keep us thinking for a long, long time. But wait—we get to wake up and do it again tomorrow!
In the meantime, I’ll share with you the schedule for next year’s Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, which was released today. GRIP 2013 will be held July 22-26 at La Roche College. Six courses will be offered:
- Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper, with Paula Stuart-Warren
- Skills for Proof, with Tom Jones
- Bridging the 1780-1840 Gap: From New England to the Midwest, with D. Joshua Taylor
- Military Records: From Cradle to Grave, with Craig Scott
- Your Immigrant Ancestors’ Stories: Writing a Quality Narrative, with John Colletta
- Advanced Research Tools: Land Records, with Rick and Pam Sayre
Sounds like a great line-up, doesn’t it? It's going to be a hard choice, I can tell already. Good thing I have a few months to make up my mind. It will probably take that long to absorb everything I’m learning this week, anyway!