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You snooze, you lose

It’s that time of year again. Time to set the alarm, warm up the mouse hand and get ready. Because if you don’t move fast at a designated time tomorrow, the 22nd of January, you’re going to lose out on one of the best educational opportunities genealogy has to offer.

It’s time for registration for the 2013 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, June 9-14 this year.

I don’t know anyone who’s ever been to IGHR who hasn’t come away thinking it was a wonderful experience. I’ve had the great good fortune to have completed Course 4 (Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis; Elizabeth Shown Mills, coordinator) in 2010, Course 5 (Writing and Publishing for Genealogists; Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., coordinator) in 2011, and Course 8 (Researching African-American Ancestors; Frazine K. Taylor, coordinator) in 2012.

I’ll be back at Samford this summer, both learning and teaching, and hope to see a lot of friends — old and new — during the week. But I’ll see you there only if you get up early tomorrow and get ready to register.

All IGHR class sizes are limited and REGISTRATION FILLS UP FAST. If you want to go, be prepared to start trying to register right when registration for the class you want opens and to keep trying.

Here are the registration times:

Opening at 8 a.m. PST, 9 a.m. MST, 10 a.m. CST, 11 a.m. EST:

Course 1: Techniques and Technology
Course 4: Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis

Opening at 8:30 a.m. PST, 9:30 a.m. MST, 10:30 a.m. CST, 11:30 a.m. EST:

Course 3: Research in the South, Part II
Course 6: Genealogy as a Profession
Course 9: The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them

Opening at 9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. MST, 11 a.m. CST, noon EST:

Course 2: Intermediate Genealogy and Historical Studies
Course 8: Understanding Land Records

Opening at 9:30 a.m. PST, 10:30 a.m. MST, 11:30 a.m. CST, 12:30 p.m. EST:

Course 5: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists
Course 7: Reading German Records
Course 10: Scottish Genealogical Research

There’s a guide to registration available online so you can understand the process in advance and be ready to go.

Much more info is available online at the IGHR website, and there’s an online guide What is IGHR? as well.

So don’t sleep in tomorrow morning. And I’ll see you in Birmingham in June.

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