And the winner is….

…GRIP Guides! We sorted and sifted and scoured our way through the stack of submissions (how’s that for alliteration?) then put the top three up for public vote. Of those, GRIP Guides weighed in at 64%, making it the clear winner, along with Denise Cross, who submitted the moniker during our Zoom Host Naming Contest. […]

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Reminder: Zoom host naming contest ends in one week

Did it slip your mind amidst the hustle and bustle of RootsTech? We’re already halfway through the contest period for a new Zoom room host moniker. As a reminder: Zoom Host Naming Contest! Enter as many times as you like. Avoid names that are in use or have been used before (ex: Hive Minder, Zoomies, […]

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Who’s Your Roomie?

Planning to share a dorm room during GRIP? Super–you’ll find the option available during registration. Whether you have a roommate lined up or prefer a shared room but need someone to fill the other bed, we’ve got you covered. Early each week, we’ll send an email to people who requested a shared room during the […]

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What’s in a name? (Hint: $100)

Let’s face it. “Zoom room host” is a booooring title. We need something with more panache. More personality. More flair. So let’s come up with something, shall we? Welcome to the Zoom Host Naming Contest! Enter as many times as you like. Avoid names that are in use or have been used before (ex: Hive […]

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Did you sign up for a shared room in Pittsburgh?

Everyone’s excited about returning to “summer camp for genealogists” (as Judy Russell puts it), including all of us behind the scenes. That enthusiasm overflowed into roommate selections, as registered attendees began emailing roommate names to the NGS office. We adore you. We adore your enthusiasm. But…we’re struggling to fall in love with the growing stack […]

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Want to be a Zoom room host?

Now that we’re four years past the initial COVID lockdowns, most genealogists (experienced and aspiring) are familiar with Zoom; those who participated in any of the major U.S.-based institutes after January 2020 certainly know it well and, in most cases, have become adept at using various tools provided on the platform. It was helpful to […]

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Introducing the GRIP Team

We enthusiastically welcome you to GRIP Genealogy Institute (GRIP)—an exciting addition to the NGS family. Our team has worked hard over the past four months to prepare for a fantastic year of connecting with new friends, building skills, learning concepts, and focusing on our students. Kristi Sexton, Gena Philibert-Ortega, and Cinda Baxter made great strides […]

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