Sunday, January 8, 2012

Registration for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR)

I received the following notices regarding registration for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and thought I would share them with those who are not on their mailing list. This institute is very  popular, so if you are planning to attend please read the instructions carefully and be prepared to register on January 17th.

Registration for this summer's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will open on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.

To prevent an overload of the online registration system, the opening of course registration will be staggered with different courses being opening at different times. Please see the schedule of times below. Once open, registration for each course will remain open until the course is full. All times are Central Standard Time.

PLEASE NOTE: Before a course has opened for registration, it will show up on the registration website as FULL. Don't panic. Once the course opening time has passed, it will no longer appear full (until the course is actually full, of course).

PAYMENT NOTE: In order to be in compliance with federal laws, we will not be able to take any credit card numbers over the phone this year.  If you wish to use a credit card to register, you will need to register online.

Opening at 10:00 a.m. CST:
Course 1: Techniques and Technology
Course 4: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis

Opening at 10:30 a.m. CST:
Course 3: Research in the South, Part I
Course 5: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists

Opening at 11:00 a.m. CST:
Course 2: Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies
Course 7: Virginia's Land & Military Conflicts
Course 9: Military Records Research III: 1821-1919

Opening at 11:30 a.m. CST:
Course 6: Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents
Course 8: Researching African-American Ancestors
Course 10: Tracing Your English Ancestors

The Institute itself will take place on June 10-15, 2012.

For more information, including more information on the courses being offered and how to register on the Jan. 17, visit the IGHR website at

I've received an e-mail from a previous attendee who expressed concern that we may be "asking too much" at the time of registration due to the rate at which courses have been filling up the past few years.  Returning attendees, she reasoned, might have an unfair advantage over first-timers as they might be able to submit their registrations more quickly.

To make the online registration process easier/smoother we introduced the downloadable registration guide to the IGHR website:

This guide is a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire process, from the moment you click on the link to the confirmation e-mail you get afterwards.  We've even made efforts to keep the file size relatively small to make downloading easier and designed it so that you wouldn't use up quite as much ink when printing.

If you're planning on registering for this year's IGHR,  we strongly recommend you download and read through this guide beforehand.  Print it out and scribble some notes on it if you want.  That way you can avoid spending precious time reading over information at the time of registration.  Even IGHR veterans should gain some benefit from it as we have introduced some new options for those staying on campus or purchasing a meal ticket.

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