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You snooze, you lose

There are just four days to go.

Four days to get ready.

Four days until Saturday rolls around.

Which is The Day not to sleep in if you’re hoping to get in on an unparalleled opportunity for genealogical education and fun — otherwise known as summer camp for genealogists.

That day, Saturday, March 19th, is registration day for the all-virtual 2022 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), which kicks off with orientation on Sunday, 24 July, and classes to be held Monday-Friday, July 25-29, this year.

IGHR 2022 graphic

The Legal Genealogist will be back at IGHR for this virtual session (I’m the coordinator for the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course). And I hope to “see” a lot of friends — old and new — on Zoom during the week.

But I’ll “see” you there only if you do the whole ready-set-go bit to register.

Because the simple fact is that all IGHR class sizes are limited and REGISTRATION FILLS UP FAST. If you want to attend one of these virtual classes, be prepared to start trying to register right when registration for the class you want opens and to keep trying. If a course is full, go ahead and get on the course waiting list — cancellations do happen.

Note that Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis has prerequisites; students can submit a research paper (10 pages or so) to prove they’re ready if they don’t fit into one of the prior course or credential options. Among other things, the instructor team says: “… mere completion of a prior course is generally not enough to prepare for this course; students will only truly be ready if they use what they learned in hands-on settings.”

Course registration opens with a rolling schedule on Saturday, 19 March 2022. Note that there’s a new registration system in place for this year, and you’re going to want to download and read the IGHR 2022 Navigator Registration Guide before registration.

Registration opens for each course at the following times:

Opening at 6:30 a.m. PDT, 7:30 a.m. MDT, 8:30 a.m. CDT, 9:30 a.m. EDT:

Course 1 — Methods and Sources, coordinated by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL.

Course 13 — The Third and Fourth Waves: Researching Recent Immigrants to the United States of America, coordinated by Rich Venezia and Marian L. Smith.

Opening at 7:30 a.m. PDT, 8:30 a.m. MDT, 9:30 a.m. CDT, 10:30 a.m. EDT:

Course 5 — Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA, coordinated by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG.

Course 7 — Tracing Your English Ancestors, coordinated by Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA.

Opening at 8:30 a.m. PDT, 9:30 a.m. MDT, 10:30 a.m. CDT, 11:30 a.m. EDT:

Course 2 — Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA.

Course 6 — Military Records II: Intermediate Research – Beyond the Basics, coordinated by Michael L. Strauss, AG.

Opening at 9:30 a.m. PDT, 10:30 a.m. MDT, 11:30 p.m. CDT, 12:30 p.m. EDT:

Course 8 — Land Records: Using Maps in Genealogical Research, coordinated by Melinda Kashuba, PhD.

Course 12 — Intermediate DNA: Planning for and Conducting Research Using DNA and Documentary Sources, coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG.

Opening at 10:30 a.m. PDT, 11:30 a.m. MDT, 12:30 p.m. CDT, 1:30 p.m. EDT:

Course 3 — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis, coordinated by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL.

Course 10 — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries and Government Documents, coordinated by Ben Spratling, JD, and Patricia Walls Stamm CG, CGL.

Opening at 1:30 a.m. PDT, 12:30 p.m. MDT, 1:30 p.m. CDT, 2:30 p.m. EDT:

Course 4 — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA.

Course 11 — Researching African American Ancestors: Courthouse Records, coordinated by Deborah A. Abbott, PhD.

Opening at 12:30 p.m. PDT, 1:30 p.m. MDT, 2:30 p.m. CDT, 3:30 p.m. EDT:

Course 9 — Research in the South: Colonial States, coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA.

Tuition (being held at $545.00 for 2022) includes a wide variety of virtual evening activities. Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) members get an additional discount, to $495, but you must join GGS before registering to get the discount code (which will be send as part of the membership confirmation email). Unlike prior years, you cannot join and register all at the same time, and there’s no way to get the discount after you register. So do read through the IGHR Policies and Deadlines page before registration.

Much more info is available online at the IGHR website including frequently asked questions and guidance on the registration process itself. And remember that, to get the GGS member discount, you must join GGS before registering!

But whatever you do… don’t sleep in on Saturday morning.

Hope to “see” you in the IGHR virtual summer camp in July!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “IGHR 2022 registration opens Saturday!,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 15 March 2022).

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