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Yes, tomorrow.

Saturday, March 9th.

The Day not to sleep in if you’re hoping to get in on an unparalleled opportunity for genealogical education and fun — the last of what The Legal Genealogist calls summer camps for genealogists scheduled for this year.

Because tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, is registration day for the all-virtual 2024 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), which kicks off with orientation on Sunday, July 21st, and classes to be held Monday-Friday, July 22-26, this year.

IGHR 2024

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 tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th, accessed from the links on the Course Information page. 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, and 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

There’s a whole registration page with tons of info including a video guide to registration and a text registration guide you should review to be ready to register.

And the payoff? With luck, a seat in one of the 2024 courses.

The 2024 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 Debra A. Hoffman, PLCGS.

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, FUGA, FNGS.

Course 5 — Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA, coordinated by Patti Lee Hobbs, CG and Peggy S. Jude, MBA.

Course 6 — Military Records I: The Colonial Era to the Vietnam War, coordinated by Michael L. Strauss, AG.

Course 7 — Irish Genealogical Research and Methodology, coordinated by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS.

Course 8 — Understanding Land Records, coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG, FUGA.

Course 9 — Research in the South: Trans-Mississippi South, coordinated by Kelvin L. Meyers.

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

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

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

Course 13 — Researching French Ancestors, coordinated Forrest R. Hansen, JD.

Tuition (being held at $545.00 for 2024) 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 a registration video and text guide 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 2024 registration tomorrow!,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 8 March 2024).

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