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You snooze, you lose

It’s tomorrow.

Saturday, March 4th.

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.

Because tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th, is registration day for the all-virtual 2023 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), which kicks off with orientation on Sunday, July 23rd, and classes to be held Monday-Friday, July 23-28, this year.

IGHR 2023

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 opens and to keep trying. If the course you want 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 tomorrow, Saturday, March 4th, accessed from the links on the Course Information page. Note that there’s a 2023 Registration Guide you should review to be ready to register, as well as general how-to registration information available under the IGHR FAQs. Just cursor down and open up the answer to the How Do I Register For A Course? question.

Unlike prior years when registration for courses had staggered opening times, registration for all courses will open tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. Pacific, 7:00 a.m. Mountain, 8:00 a.m. Central, 9:00 a.m. Eastern. The 2023 line-up is (each course number is hotlinked to its registration page):

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

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

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

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

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

Course 6 — Military Records III: Advanced Research and Methodology, coordinated by Michael L. Strauss, AG.

Course 7 — Scottish Research: The Fundamentals and Beyond, coordinated by Paul Milner, MDiv, FUGA.

Course 8 — For Land’s Sake! Advanced Analysis and Platting, coordinated by Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG.

Course 9 — Research in the South: Cessions and Territories, coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, FUGA.

Course 10 — Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts, Victor Dunn, CG.

Course 11 — Building an African American Research Toolbox, coordinated by Timothy N. Pinnick.

Course 12 — DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced), coordinated by Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG.

Course 13 — Researching New York: Resources and Strategies, coordinated by Karen Mauer Jones, CG, FGBS, FUGA.

Tuition (being held at $545.00 for 2023) 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). You can’t 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 tomorrow morning.

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

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “IGHR registration tomorrow!,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 3 March 2023).

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