IGHR 2020 Update

IGHR 2020 Virtual Information

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.
Read more on IGHR 2020 going virtual here, including daily start / end time adjustments, technology requirements and support, IGHR activities that will remain the same with a virtual twist, etc.

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.

General Questions

How do I register for a course?

Course registration opened with a rolling schedule on Saturday, 1 February 2020. All registration times are ET (Eastern Time).

Rolling Registration Schedule 1 Feb 2020

Once registration opens for the course you want, you may register anytime until course registration ends for all courses at 11:55 p.m. ET on Monday, 6 July 2020.

You will need to create an account with IGHR before registering for the first time.

Click Lost your password? if you already have an account but can’t remember your password.

To receive the GGS current member discount, you must use your GGS registered email address as your tuition discount [promotion] code at the time of checkout—should you complete your registration without using the discount code, IGHR cannot reimburse you. Discounts are only permitted for course tuition! (Uses other than tuition will be corrected and billed.)

Join Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) during course registration to receive the member tuition discount! The GGS member discount will be applied for new and expired members when the option to register for GGS membership (single or family) at the same time as course registration is selected. Use the appropriate tuition discount [promotion] code provided at the top of the course description/registration pages.

Limit one registration per email address.

Important! Registration buttons are only visible during the registration window.

To register (once registration opens), go to IGHR Courses. We encourage you to join the course wait list if the course you want is full and then sign up for a different course that you would like to take. If your name comes up on the wait list, you will be notified and permitted to switch to the course of your first choice at no charge.

Payment may be made by credit card through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required), a PayPal payment, or check.

How much is tuition for IGHR?

IGHR 2020 Tuition
(1 February through 6 July 2020)

IGHR 2020 Tuition Options

  • Only one registration per email address permitted.
  • Only one GGS member $50 discount permitted per individual or family membership.
  • Discounts are for course tuition. (Uses other than tuition will be corrected and billed.)
  • To receive the GGS current member discount, you must use your GGS registered email address as your tuition discount [promotion] code at the time of checkout—should you complete your registration without using the discount code, IGHR cannot reimburse you.
  • The GGS member discount will be applied for new and expired members when the tuition + membership discount [promotion] code is provided during checkout—should you complete your registration without using the discount code, IGHR cannot reimburse you.

Are there any scholarships for IGHR?

Yes! Scholarship information is available under About IGHR/Scholarships.

How do I cancel a course or other purchases made on the IGHR website?

Cancellation Procedure

To cancel a course, 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.

Cancellation Deadlines

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 after 5 July 2020, for IGHR 2020. Fees paid are not transferable.

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. You do not need to send a request to cancel meal tickets, printed syllabi, or evening sessions for IGHR 2020. These will be refunded to you automatically by IGHR.

How will I receive information about IGHR?

IGHR communicates with registrants and others who have signed up for the mailing list via email. You may sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this webpage. In addition, information is shared through social media including:

When does IGHR 2020 begin and end?

IGHR 2020 will take place virtually Sunday, 26 July – Friday, 31 July 2020.

IGHR Schedule At-A-Glance

View individual course schedules for daily beginning and ending times.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

  • IGHR Orientation | 7:00 p.m. ET

Monday – Thursday, 27 – 30 July 2020

  • Courses |10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Virtual Lunch Groups | Tuesday 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Town Hall Meetings | Tuesday (BCG) and Thursday (ICAPGen) 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. ET

Friday, 31 July 2020

  • Courses | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
  • IGHR Closing Session | 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. ET

When is IGHR Orientation?

Orientation will be held virtually at 7:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, 26 July 2020. We strongly encourage everyone to attend orientation.

Do you have IGHR shirts, bags, and other items for sale?

Yes! We have shirts, sweaters, hoodies, computer bags, mugs, and more! Visit the IGHR online store https://ighr.axomo.com to see what is available. Click on an item to see color and size choices. Items will be delivered to your home.

Please note- Items are personalized with the IGHR logo at the time of your order and, therefore, can not be returned for a refund.

Will there be a bookstore?

Yes! Books & Things is selling books on a variety of topics of interest to our attendees, including many of the books recommended by IGHR course instructors. Free shipping will be provided for instructor-required and recommended books listed on their website, www.mygenealogybooks.com. Select “Browse by Category" in the menu and look for IGHR.

Visit the Books & Things website www.mygenealogybooks.com to view their entire online inventory. If you can’t find what you are looking for, they will search their off-line inventory, other bookstores, and book search services for you.

We appreciate Books & Things for providing a bookstore for our attendees!

Are there any interesting places to visit in or near Athens?

Yes! There is something for everyone’s interests. Explore the links below to plan for your next visit to Athens. The following is a partial list:

You can also check:

Here are a couple of blog posts about places to visit in Athens:


What advertising opportunities are available?

We would love to place your ad in the IGHR Attendee Handbook! All faculty and attendees will receive a pdf copy. Attendees include genealogists, archivists, historians, librarians, and teachers.

Ad Rates

Download the advertising guidelines and rate sheet for complete instructions and payment links. Send questions to ighrsyllabus@gagensociety.org.

IGHR 2020 Courses

Registration for IGHR 2020 is open!

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.