I am at my first genealogy institute! I’ve been wanting to go to one since I first discovered there was such a thing, but the others (In Salt Lake City, Samford, and D.C.) conflict with family commitments. So, I was THRILLED when GRIP opened in Pittsburgh last year. Check-in was today at 3. Welcome dinner at 5. It was really nice to run into friends. The institute is held at Pittsburgh’s La Roche College. It’s fun to be in a dorm setting for the first time in eons, but I’m not liking the looks of the bed….in fact, I’m contemplating sleeping in my clothes, on top of the thread bare sheets, but that’s a bit beside the point, which is- I’m so excited to be here!!
I’m taking the Advanced Land Research course, taught by Rick and Pam Sayre. Deeds and other land records are a big part of genealogy research, and, while I’m comfortable with the transcribing of old documents, there’s always a nagging sense that I’m missing subtle clues hidden in the script. Then there’s the problem of FINDING the deeds…and also the problem of translating all the metes, rods, and perches, into something that make sense on a map. The subtitle of the Sayres’ course is: “Locating, Analyzing, Mapping.” Cannot wait to get started
If this sounds like something that might interest you, here’s a link to the institute’s website.