Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research.

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!


2018 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship Recipients

Lisa HuskeyCongratulations to Lisa Huskey winner of a 2018 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Whitman Koford in June. Lisa is the Regional Adult Services Supervisor for the Sequoyah Regional Library System.  She attended North Georgia College and Kennesaw State University obtaining degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science. After spending a few years at home with her daughters, Lisa joined the staff at her local library in 2008. 

Lisa is from Woodstock, Georgia and is the third generation of her family from this area. She considers herself to be an enthusiastic novice genealogist even after 10 years of being a part of the reference staff at the library. While researching her roots, she accomplished a personal goal and became a member of the Hightower Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Drop-In Genealogy (D.I.G.) group that Lisa started at R.T. Jones Memorial Library has grown over the last year. Lisa felt the opportunity to attend the Methods & Sources course through the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research will help her in working with this group.


Carol Minter-SmithCongratulations to Carol Minter-Smith of Cherokee Regional Library System winner of a 2018 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Whitman Koford in June. Carol began working at the circulation desk at the LaFayette-Walker County Public Library in 2009. When an opening became available in the History Room, she quickly accepted the positon. Since working in the History Room for well over five years now, she finds that her most fulfilling time is spent helping patrons search their family heritage, both through the internet and hard copy reference sources. She is looking forward to gaining more knowledge to better assist patrons.


Madison MoselyCongratulations to Madison Mosely of Gwinnett County Public Library winner of a 2018 HomePLACE IGHR Travel Scholarship. She will be taking Course One — Methods and Sources with Rebecca Whitman Koford in June. Madison started working in libraries at the age of seventeen. After graduating with her Bachelors in English from the University of Georgia, she started working at Boulder Public Library in Colorado. There, she fell in love with the way public libraries can help build community and provide resources to those who might not otherwise receive them. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Library Science with a concentration in Archival Administration from Wayne State University. In 2017, she started working at Gwinnett County Public Library as a Library Associate.

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