IGHR-Logo09_smThe Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) will be held June 7-12, 2015, at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama.

IGHR will open the registration portal on January 20, 2015, with course openings staggered each half hour. Here’s the line up:

11:00 AM Eastern (10:00 AM Central):

  • #3. Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis, coordinator Judy G. Russell
  • #9. Genealogy as a Profession, coordinator Elissa Powell

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central):

  • #4. Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, coordinator Thomas Jones
  • #6. The Five Civilized Tribes: The Records & Where to Find Them, coordinator Linda Geiger

12:00 PM Eastern (11:00 AM Central):

  • #8. Research in the South: The Colonies of the South, coordinator Mark Lowe
  • #10. Virginia’s Land & Military Conflicts, coordinator Victor Dunn

12:30 PM Eastern (11:30 AM Central)

  • #2. Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, coordinator Angela McGhie
  • #7. Land Records: Using Maps, coordinator Rick Sayre

1:00 PM Eastern (12:00 PM Central):

  • #1. Methods and Sources, by Pamela Sayre
  • #5. Military Records II, by Craig Scott

The most popular classes fill up before you can blink. If you really want to get in a course, you may want to download the quick reference guide. Fill it out in advance. Then, copy/paste your requests into the registration form.

Note: There will be no on-campus housing this year, but they are working on booking a group rate with some local hotels and will provide shuttle service to the university.

You may get further information at the IGHR Samford University website.

Now, if you want some real life experience with registering for an institute, I’ve copied a previous blog post titled, “The SLIG Slot Sprint,” from 5 June 2011. Here it is:

This morning the Utah Genealogical Association opened the line for registration for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) next January.

Last January, I tried to register for another course, this years’ Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I completed all my morning preps and sat down at the computer about 8:45 AM, ready to register when the clock struck 9:00 AM.

I waited, and waited, and at 9:00 AM pulled up the site.  The writing class was full!  At 9:00!  How did that happen?  I couldn’t believe it.  I thought maybe my fingers weren’t fast enough, or a lot of people wanted that writing class.  Then, as I thought about it, I realized I was on Mountain Time, and Alabama is an earlier time zone.  Duh!  No wonder it was full.  I was one hour late!

My blond roots were really showing that day.

I immediately put my name on the waiting list, I was number five, and then waited … until the end of April when they notified me that they had a space for me!  YEAH!  So, I’m officially going to Samford this month.   I am so there.

Now about today’s SLIG sprint:  Recognizing my mistake with IGHR, and wanting to get in on SLIG, I felt good knowing at least Utah is in my same time zone, so no confusing things there.

This morning UGA opened their line at 9:00 AM, so here’s the drama as it unfolded:

8:06:  I log on as a UGA member (I want the member discount), then wait.

8:12:  Still waiting.  Have to tell myself if I don’t get my first pick, maybe I wasn’t supposed to have it, maybe someone needed it more than me, and I’ll take what I’m supposed to get and be happy with it.

8:13:  Check my blog.  No new comments to approve.  Is anybody reading this blog?  Check my emails.  Read Dick Eastman’s latest news.  Help Bruce with some information he needs.  Takes a while.

8:30:  Breakfast:  Muselix (our standard homemade mix of raw oatmeal, almonds, dates, raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.), with cut up raw apples and bananas, topped with soymilk, and half a blueberry yogurt.   Lest you think I’m a real purist when it comes to eating, I’m not.  I eat really great at home, but in the real world, I’m drawn to anything with sugar.  After all, when Bruce and I have a “buy one, get one free” coupon for an ice cream, and he wants one, I just have to eat the free one or it will melt!  Otherwise, he’d have to eat both.  I’m helping him out by eating it.  Forgot to eat my yogurt.  I take it to my home office.

8:44:  Blank screen!  I lost the page?  What’s going on?  I search and search.  It’s not even on the left column.  Panic!   Calm down.  Maybe they’re getting the site ready for the onslaught.

8:55:  Found it.  Nail biting time.  Fish out my credit card.  I’m holding it in my hand.  If only I had a swipe machine.

9:00:  The race begins!  I push the registration button.  Nothing happens!  Okay … searching, searching … oh, there’s a registration button on the left.  Got it.  They want my name!  Why can’t I just put in the course I want, secure it, then give them my name.  Okay.  Got the name in, I pick the track, it clicked, yeah!  Now they want to know what evening classes I want AND what meals?????  Can’t I just pay and come back for the rest?   I’ll try that.  Ooops.  Didn’t give them my phone number and email address.  Okay.  Pick, pick, pick.  I’m too rushed to read what else I’m picking.  I’m just going to pay now.

Processing, processing, more processing … confirmed!  Yeah!  I print that.  Now, I fill in my credit card stuff.  Print that, too.  Done.

Yes. Yes. Yes.  I’m in.

9:08:  Sigh.  Breathe.  Come up for air.  I go back to registration to see what other evening classes I might have wanted.  Just for fun, I click on the course tracks available.  The one I got is no longer available.  I feel pretty good.   Real good.

Now, I just need to find that yogurt.

Did you try to register today?  Did you get in?