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26 – 31 July 2020

IGHR 2020 Virtual Institute

Sunday, 26 July – Friday, 31 July 2020

IGHR 2020 course registration is open! Registration ends 11:55 p.m. ET on Monday, 6 July 2020.

IGHR classes begin Monday, 27 July and end Friday, 31 July.
Revised daily start / end times are:
- Monday - Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
- Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET

Additional Information

Hotel reservations: Your University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel reservations have been canceled automatically if you were booked within the room block. If you were arriving earlier than Friday, then contact the hotel to cancel your reservations. If you are staying at the Marriott SpringHill Suites or any other Athens area hotel, please cancel your reservations with them directly.

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IGHR 2020 Update

On April 15, we announced IGHR 2020 will be held virtually. We are grateful for the tremendous support we have received from the genealogy community regarding this transition and appreciate everyone’s patience as we move forward. It is our goal to make this as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

Will the IGHR format be an online, interactive classroom or webinar?

  • IGHR will be an online, interactive classroom format using Zoom. A Zoom classroom is designed to be fully interactive between the instructor and attendees, allowing for plenty of attendee participation. Attendees will be able to see, speak, hear, and share screens with each other and the instructor.
  • IGHR will not be in webinar format, which is designed as a seminar or other presentation that takes place on the Internet with participants usually in view-only mode asking questions via chat.

What technology is needed for the IGHR 2020 virtual institute?

  • An Internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth (a microphone will be required for classroom participation)
  • Zoom Desktop Client or Mobile App (Android or iOS)

Where do I get the Zoom Desktop Client or Mobile App?

We will provide instructions to the attendees on how to download this software.

What is recommended?
A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in (recommended for others to be able to see you but is not required).

What Internet speed is required for Zoom?
The minimum upload / download Internet speed needed for an attendee is an average of 1.2 mbps (mega-bytes per second) or higher.

Do I have to have a Zoom account?
A Zoom account is not required if you are strictly joining Zoom Meetings as an attendee.

What is Google Classroom?

  • Google Classroom will be available for every course. This classroom application provides a system for instructors to create and share handouts / recordings / links for attendees to access during IGHR.
  • Google Classroom will also contain the course syllabus and attendee handbook as well as photos of the course attendees.
  • An attendee does not have to have a Gmail account to access the Google Classroom.

Our current cancellation policy remains in effect as we have already incurred and will continue to incur expenses related to IGHR 2020. Please refer to our Policies and Deadlines – Payment and Refund Deadlines web page.

The health and safety of our attendees, faculty, and volunteers are our priority.

Books & Things

Visit Pat and Bob’s online bookstore for your genealogy books. Free shipping will be provided for instructor required and recommended books listed on their website, Select “Browse by Category" in the menu and look for IGHR.

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IGHR 2020 Tuition
(1 February through 6 July 2020)

  • Tuition: $620
  • GGS Member tuition with discount: $570 (Only one GGS member discount permitted per individual or family membership.)
  • Note: To receive the GGS member discount, you must use the applicable discount promotion code at the time of checkout—should you complete your registration without using the discount code, IGHR cannot reimburse you. All tuition discount promotion codes are available on each course description page.

Tuition options for attendees wishing to join GGS at the same time as registering for IGHR 2020

  • IGHR 2020 + GGS Individual Membership: $605
  • IGHR 2020 + GGS Family Membership: $610 (Only one GGS member discount permitted per family membership.)


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Contact Us

Questions about your registration should be sent to or call (470) 466-2716.

About IGHR

The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Topics range from a course for beginners to a variety of courses on specialized topics.

IGHR is hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society with courses taking place at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel on the University of Georgia Campus in historic Athens, Georgia. This venue allows courses and most accommodations to be under one roof. In addition to the advantages of the Georgia Center, attendees will also benefit from access to the world-class libraries of the University of Georgia including the law library and special collections libraries as well as the nearby Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library.