23-28 June, Virtual Courses 14-19 July, In-person Courses (Pittsburgh, PA)

GRIP Genealogy Institute

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GRIP Genealogy Institute

GRIP 2024 is “the” event for genealogists and family historians who want to develop their skills while meeting new friends in a collegial and collaborative community.

What is the GRIP Genealogy Institute?

The GRIP Genealogy Institute provides comprehensive week-long instruction on a variety of genealogical topics. There are two GRIP programs, virtual and in-person options, which offer focused instruction in courses with eighteen class sessions taught by experts. This in-depth format offers students an immersive, high-level education designed to advance their research skills, in their choice of a course topic, focusing on methodology, genealogical records, geographic regions, or ethnic groups. Additional practicum experiences provide the student with an opportunity to test skills and advance their knowledge.

Features of the GRIP Genealogy Institute

GRIP offers two separate program options. Students choose one course for the week:

Eleven virtual courses offered from 23-28 June 2024

Nine in-person courses offered from 14-19 July 2024

Courses are tailored to build skills and enrich the knowledge base of intermediate and advanced genealogists. The sessions in each course are designed and taught by recognized genealogical subject matter experts. Each year, the programs feature our most popular courses and exciting, new, never-before offered courses.

Course registration includes:

Eighteen class sessions held over five days (for virtual or in-person courses)

Limited class sizes allowing for concentrated time with faculty and fellow students

An electronic syllabus for personal use

Class interaction and networking with fellow students and instructors

Benefits of Attending the GRIP Genealogy Institute

What can I expect from attending GRIP? All courses are designed to help researchers stay current with the latest developments in the field and expand their breadth and depth of knowledge through a learning experience that aids students in absorbing, comprehending, and retaining information. This knowledge can be applied in both their personal research or professional work.

Attending the GRIP Genealogy Institute will help researchers:

  1. Achieve a deeper mastery of a subject that cannot be acquired by simply watching webinars or attending conference presentations.
  2. Explore a comprehensive range of records to assist in solving genealogical research questions.
  3. Learn from professional instructors with decades of expertise researching specific topics or regions.

Students have an option to participate in the virtual or in-person versions of GRIP (or both). Participating in the virtual program offers greater accessibility for individuals with busy family or work schedules, as it eliminates the need for travel and associated expenses. The in-person program allows students to break away from home distractions for complete immersion in the educational experience.


For more information about GRIP and the immersive experience it offers, we encourage you to read the article titled “NGS Introduces GRIP Genealogy Institute Program for 2024,” authored by Terry Koch-Bostic, FNGS, and Angela Packer McGhie, CG, featured in the January 2024 issue of the NGS Magazine, Volume 50, Number 1.

“GRIP has been described as summer camp for genealogists. It truly is! As both an attendee and instructor, I can’t think of a much better place to be for new networking and learning opportunities. Many of my best collegial relationships began at GRIP.”

– Angie Bush, GRIP Instructor

GRIP 2024 Course Lineup

Full list of courses

Join the National Genealogical Society to get the best pricing and access to fabulous benefits like the NGS Quarterly, NGS Magazine, FORUM, and NewspaperArchive by Storied.

Course Coordinators

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Register for GRIP 2024 Starting 20 February 2024

  • Virtual begins at 1 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • In-Person (Pittsburgh, PA) begins at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time

What students are saying about GRIP Genealogy Institute

  • I love networking and making friends to collaborate with!

    Jeanette Sheliga

    Jeanette Sheliga

  • It is an educational opportunity unlike any other.

    Kristin Britanik

    Kristin Britanik

  • It was so delightful to dig into social history for an entire week. So much fun!

    Sunny Morton

    Sunny Morton

  • I have attended GRIP for 11 Years!

    Deborah Kitco

    Deborah Kitco

2024 Tuition and Dorm Packages

Virtual Week Tuition Via Zoom

$550 NGS Members $585 Non-Members
  • Electronic Syllabus
  • Basic Dropbox/Zoom Training
  • Tech Host in each class
  • Session recordings
  • Optional Evening Sessions

Register 20 Feb 2024

In-Person Week Tuition at LaRoche University, Pittsburgh, PA

$550 NGS Members $585 Non-Members
  • Electronic Syllabus
  • Basic Dropbox Training
  • Welcome Dinner and Program
  • In-person classroom experience
  • Optional Evening Sessions
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus

Register 20 Feb 2024

Dorm Package LaRoche University, Pittsburgh PA

$525 Private Room $405 Shared Room
  • In-room Private Bath
  • In-room Mini Fridge & Microwave
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Includes 14 meals (B/L/D)

*all prices are per person. Shared room based on double occupancyRegister 20 Feb 2024

Have questions? Email grip@ngsgenealogy.org.


A huge thanks to all our amazing partners, sponsors, and volunteers. We couldn’t have GRIP without you!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring GRIP this year, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you with some more information and our sponsorship brochure.

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