Policies and Deadlines

What You Need To Know


Registration begins with a rolling schedule on Saturday, 1 February 2020 and ends at 11:55 p.m. on Monday, 6 July 2020.

IGHR 2020 Tuition

  • Tuition: $620
  • Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) Member tuition with discount: $570 (Only one GGS member discount permitted per individual or family membership.)
  • 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.)

Payment may be made by 1) credit card through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required), 2) PayPal account, or 3) mailing a check payable to Georgia Genealogical Society sent to the following address:

Georgia Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 550247
Atlanta, GA 30355-2747

When paying by check, please write IGHR and the name of the course for which you are paying on the memo line. Your payment must be postmarked no later than the fifth business day after the date of your registration or your reservation for this course will be cancelled and you will need to register again.

Your tuition includes the five-day course for which you registered and the course syllabus as a downloadable PDF file.

Payment and Refund Deadlines

Payment and Refund Deadlines

Prompt payment is expected for all purchases. Payments made by check must be postmarked by the fifth business day after your course registration or other purchase. Failure to send payment postmarked by the fifth business day for your course reservation will result in cancellation of your classroom seat. You will be contacted if your course registration was cancelled due to nonpayment. If registration is open and a seat is available, you may register for the course again.

The cancellation deadline to receive a refund for a course is 5 July 2020 for the July 2020 institute. There will be no refunds for courses cancelled by registrants after 5 July 2020, for IGHR 2020. Fees paid are not transferable.

Attendees may wish to purchase travel insurance to avoid loss of tuition after 5 July 2020. Be sure the insurance you purchase will cover the cost of tuition, lodging, meal tickets, as well as other travel expenses you may not be able to recover.

Cancellation Fees

Refunds for cancelled courses will be assessed a $75 administrative fee. Cancellation of a course on the same day that you register for it incurs no fee. Refunds for cancellations for meal tickets, printed syllabi, and evening sessions incur no fees.

Cancellation Procedure

To cancel a course or other purchases, you need to log in to the IGHR website and click on the Registration Cancellation Request button on your My Account page. Once the Contact IGHR page displays, you will enter your information in the form provided. Be sure to select Registration from the Subject drop-down list! Enter the registrations you wish to cancel in the Comment box. The IGHR Registration Coordinator will review and process your request. Step-by-step cancellation instructions are available on the IGHR Courses webpage. If the cancellation is made by the stated deadline, a refund (minus the $75 administrative fee for a cancelled course) will be sent to you by check or credited to your PayPal/credit card account by the Georgia Genealogical Society treasurer. Meal tickets and printed syllabi will automatically be refunded to attendees for IGHR 2020.

Smoking / Tobacco

University of Georgia Smoking and Tobacco Policy

Smoking and tobacco use is prohibited on the entire campus of the University of Georgia, including the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel.

This policy includes all areas indoors and outdoors:

  • Buildings
  • Recreational areas
  • Athletic facilities
  • Lawns
  • University sidewalks
  • Parking lots
  • All vehicles – public or private (on UGA property)

Prohibited products include;

  • Cigarettes, cigars and pipes
  • All forms of smokeless tobacco
  • Clove cigarettes
  • Any smoking device that uses tobacco such as hookahs or simulates the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes

Information excerpted from:

Athens-Clarke County Smoking Ordinance

The Athens-Clarke County Smoking Ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed facilities and within the boundaries of parks, youth sports complexes, and recreation areas owned, leased, or operated by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County. Smoking is also prohibited in all enclosed public places within Athens-Clarke County and all enclosed areas within places of employment. Visit the link provided to review exceptions.

A person who violates this ordinance shall be guilty of an offense and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100.00 nor more than $500.00.

Information excerpted from:

IGHR 2020 Courses

Registration for IGHR 2020 is now closed.

Follow the link to view course details and the tentative course planning sheet (with IGHR dates through 2022).

Registration Questions?

Send your questions about registration to ighrregister@gagensociety.org or call (470) 466-2716.

IGHR Store

Check out the IGHR Online Store! Follow the link to purchase a shirt, jacket, portfolio, book bag, computer bag, Sherpa blanket, and more.