HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship

HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship

Georgia HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship (applications due by 1 February 2019)—open to Georgia public library staff.

Georgia HomePLACE is offering up to three (3) $1500 travel scholarships to Georgia public library staff to attend the 5-day Institute for Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR), being held at UGA’s Georgia Center in Athens, Georgia Sunday, July 21, 2019 – Friday, July 26, 2019.

Applications will be accepted continuously until Friday, February 1, 2019.

About IGHR

In continuous operation since 1962, the Institute provides exceptional, intensive training in genealogy and local history research methods and sources, and offers immersive coursework of great benefit to librarians and archivists assisting researchers.

Sponsored by the Georgia Genealogical Society, IGHR offers students any one of thirteen courses:

  1. Methods & Sources

  2. Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies (course full)

  3. Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis

  4. Writing & Publishing for Genealogists

  5. Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA

  6. Military Records 2

  7. Tracing Your English Ancestors

  8. Land Records: Using Maps

  9. Research in the South: Colonial States

  10. Building an African American Research Toolbox

  11. Virginia’s Land and Military Conflicts

  12. DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced)

  13. The Five Civilized Tribes

IGHR has attracted premier instructors, and “with the leading researchers and scholars in the field teaching the courses, the institute has led the genealogy discipline in the instruction of family research and local history.”  A full faculty roster can be viewed here.

The objectives of IGHR are five-fold:

  1. To teach the fundamentals of genealogical research and methodology;

  2. To teach research skills using a variety of resources and facilities;

  3. To provide broad and in-depth historical and genealogical subject content;

  4. To reach the evaluation of resources, proficiency in bibliographic citation, and critical analysis of documentation;

  5. To provide instruction for those wishing to pursue careers in genealogy and related disciplines.

Each year, IGHR attracts an international audience ranging from the budding hobbyist to the certified professional, and all ranges of experience in-between.


“Because I attended IGHR so many years I can speak to how IGHR can help public librarians better serve their communities.

“IGHR helped me:

  • build the Heritage Room collection based on appropriate migration trails, history, culture, etc.

  • assist patrons with confidence and accuracy

  • teach classes at library to help people get started

  • teach sessions at COMO on using genealogy tools and resources and how to help folks with genealogy questions

  • teach sessions at UGA for library staff on how to assist people with genealogy”

-Laura Carter, retired, Heritage Room Librarian, Athens Regional Library System, and current IGHR Director

Scholarship Logistics

The application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2019.

In their application, scholarship winners must identify which available course they would attend if selected, and why. Scholarship winners will be notified by 5pm Friday, February 8, 2019.

Applicants should note that IGHR is an 5-day intensive commitment, and does include evening activities and homework including but not limited to library research, field trips to area institutions, and other events as assigned. A mandatory Orientation and Reception will take place the afternoon of Sunday, July 21, 2019. Classes will begin at 8:00am on Monday, July 22nd and end Friday, July 26th at noon.

The library system of the winner of each scholarship will be reimbursed for Early Bird Registration and travel costs, including room and board at the negotiated hotel group rate, up to $1500. Scholarship applicants are responsible for their own registration and travel arrangements. IGHR 2019 Early Bird Registration opens Saturday, March 2, 2019 and closes Wednesday, March 15, 2019. HomePLACE will only reimburse at the Early Bird Registration rate.

Reimbursable expenses need to meet the Georgia State Accounting Office Travel Policy requirements.  Hotel and travel arrangements must be made by the attendee. Attendance is  mandatory for reimbursement. Libraries will be required to submit reimbursement documentation within 7 days following the conclusion of the program. Employees may claim Tier II mileage and other conference expenses up to the maximum award of $1500. PDF copies of reimbursement documentation should be sent to invoice [at] georgialibraries [dot] org and astanley [at] georgialibraries [dot] org by August 2, 2019.

Scholarship Program Evaluation

Scholarship winners will be asked to complete surveys following the training to provide feedback to Georgia HomePLACE and the Georgia Genealogical Society. Your honest feedback is appreciated!

2019 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship Recipients

Whitney Gaines photoCongratulations to Whitney Gaines winner of a 2019 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course Ten — Building an African American Research Toolbox with Timothy Pinnick in July. Whitney has a BS in Special Education from Columbus State University and a Masters in Instructional Technology from New York Institute of Technology. She will graduate with a Masters in Library Science from Valdosta State University in May 2019.

Whitney has worked for Chattahoochee Valley Libraries for four years where she currently works a library associate in the Adult Services Department. The Adult Services Department includes the genealogy and local history sub department. While adult programming and outreach is her favorite part of her job, her secret library related passion is digitization and metadata. She volunteers as an indexer for “Find a Grave” and “Family Search.” She currently serves as a board member of the Homeless Resource Network and is on the Community Projects Committee for Professionals Serving Older Adults, both in Columbus, Georgia. She serves as a committee member on the President’s Programming Committee for the American Library Association’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable. She spends her free time tagging friends in memes, re-playing various Zelda games, and re-watching “The Office” and “Game of Thrones.”

“I chose Course Ten —Building an African American Research Toolbox because I would like to provide the public I work for with vital information on the skills needed for their genealogy work. I hope to share the information gathered during this course with the public I serve and my colleagues by providing engaging programs and public access to the toolkit created during this course.”

Natorra Madison Moody photoCongratulations to Natorra Madison winner of a 2019 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course Ten — Building an African American Research Toolbox with Timothy Pinnick in July. Born and raised in Alma, Georgia, Natorra is a bonafide country girl. Natorra discovered a love of reading at a young age, instilling in her an early appreciation for the value of stories and storytelling. In school, her favorite subjects were always social studies and history. After graduating from Bacon County High School in 2001, she continued her studies at Georgia Southern University. After college, Natorra returned to her hometown where she started a family. In 2008, she landed her dream job of working at the public library, and gradually worked her way up to Alma/Bacon County Public Library branch manager. While working at the library, Natorra was able to explore and pursue her passion for history and connecting her local community with their lost stories. In her spare time, she enjoys video games and doing her weekly podcast.

Building an African American Research Toolbox is the course which I think provides the most interesting learning opportunities and can add the greatest value for my work in the community. Alma may be a small town, but it’s chock full of people who love history! Given our large African-American population and the constant challenge of finding resources for them, this course has the greatest relevance and potential to help.”

Stacey WrightCongratulations to Stacey Wright winner of a 2019 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Koford in July. Stacey is the Librarian at the Ladson Genealogical Library, as well as the Montgomery County Public Library. “One day I may be elbows deep in Civil War records, and the next I’m brainstorming ways to get kids to come to story time. I have no formal training in genealogy, though I have taken two classes on the topic during my college career. When people ask me what I like about genealogy I like to refer to it as a personal treasure hunt or a huge puzzle, you never know what you will find or where. When accepting my current job, I ended up moving back to my hometown. It has been such a pleasure to be able to come home and still do what I love.”

Prior to February 2019, Stacey was employed with the Valdosta State University Archives & Special Collections. For eight years she was the staff member in charge of assisting patrons with genealogy related questions, mainly due to the fact that she loved researching her own so much. She graduated from Valdosta State University with two undergraduate degrees, History and Anthropology, before going on to receive her Masters in Library and Information Science from there as well.

“I have chosen Course One: Methods & Sources as my class due to a desire to ground myself in the field’s standards, a starting point in fact. All the classes appear interesting but I also wanted to be able to make the best use of my time by improving on any current skills as well as growing my genealogical toolkit as it were. I hope to bring the knowledge I learn back into the workplace by providing more in-depth research for patrons, as well as applying it to future programming for the library.”

Previous Recipients

2018 — Lisa Huskey, Carol Minter-Smith, Madison Mosely

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