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Course registration opens with a rolling schedule on Saturday, 13 January 2018. (Starting registration times are available on the description page for each course.) All registration times are EST (Eastern Standard Time). Early Bird registration ends at 11:55 pm on Saturday, 10 March 2018, but the GGS discount is applicable for the entire registration period. Course registration ends at 11:55 pm on Sunday, 6 May 2018.

Any additional purchases you wish to make, such as meal tickets or a printed syllabus, will be made at a later time.

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

To register, go to IGHR 2018 > Courses and select either 1) the Register button or 2) the course name. If the Register button is selected, the registration form displays. If the course name is selected, the course information page displays. (Look for the Register button near the bottom of the information page.) At the time registration opens, the yellow Register button will be visible and active. This button will not display until registration opens for that course. (Depending on your device’s settings, it may be necessary to refresh your screen.) We encourage you to join the course waiting list if the course you want is full; cancellations do happen.

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

IGHR communicates with registrants and others who have signed up for the mailing list via email. In addition, information is shared through social media including:

Registered attendees have access to a Forum on the IGHR website where they may communicate with others. You must be logged in on the website to see the Forum in the main menu.

IGHR Schedule At-A-Glance

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Sunday, 3 June 2018

  • Courses begin (Sunday – Thursday); view individual course schedules on course description pages
  • Evening sessions begin (Sunday – Tuesday) 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

  • IGHR Attendee Dinner at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel (included in tuition)

Thursday, 7 June 2018

  • Courses end at noon

IGHR registration check-in will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, 2 June 2018 at the Conference Registration desk located in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel. The Conference Registration desk is highlighted in pink and to the left of the Pecan Tree Courtyard on the floor map. IGHR volunteers will be available at the Lumpkin Street entrance (next to the parking deck) to assist attendees with luggage and locating the IGHR Registration and Hotel desks. Registration check-in will end at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

Hotel check-in time is different than IGHR registration start time.

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel  (Georgia Center) is located on the campus of the University of Georgia. The street address is 1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602-3603. The phone number is 706-548-1311.

Orientation will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, 2 June 2018 in Mahler Auditorium off Hill Atrium. The FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo at IGHR will have been going on all day. All of this is in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

We strongly encourage everyone to attend orientation.

Minimal. Most courses will be conducted in the same building as the hotel and most meals. A few classes for some courses will be in libraries on campus in order to utilize the materials in those collections. Most on campus transportation will be by UGA Campus Transit.

For example, Course One – Methods and Sources will have sessions at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse and at the UGA Main Library. Buses will provide transportation.

For some of the computer lab sessions, people will walk across the street and down (about 3 flat blocks) from the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel (aka Georgia Center) to a computer lab in the UGA Science Library. There is a bus that stops at the UGA Center and stops at the bus stop 1/2 block from the UGA Science Library that can also be used. Please let us know in advance if you will need special transportation accommodations by contacting the IGHR Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Course schedules are posted on this website under the IGHR 2018 tab.

There is no charge for visitors to ride a University of Georgia bus! You can take a UGA bus to any of the libraries on campus and to the UGA Arch adjacent to Downtown Athens. Follow the link to view bus maps or follow buses live on your phone by downloading the UGA App from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Based on previous feedback, IGHR is providing a casual atmosphere. The beginning of June in Athens is generally warm and humid with cooler nights and the occasional rain storm. While most everything is under one roof, some will be traveling outside the facility. Also, classrooms may be cold so a light sweater or jacket is recommended. This is a professional educational experience, however, so attendees are expected to keep it neat and not too over the top in their wardrobe selections.

IGHR is not offering any formal meals and the vast majority, if not all, the area restaurants promote a casual atmosphere—typical of a college town. See the FAQ "What should I bring with me?" for additional information on clothing to pack.


  • Prescription medications
  • Health insurance card(s).
  • Extra glasses
  • Sun glasses


  • Power cords for phone, laptop, tablet, and all other devices. (Label with your name)
  • Extension cord (6-12 ft.) with 3-prong plug and 2-4 outlets. Ga. Center is a 1950s building with concrete floors so outlets in classrooms are sparse. (Label with your name)
  • Small surge protector with a short cord or wall plug, not just an extension cord.(Label with your name)
  • Thumb/flash drive(s). The drives can be used on:
    • The UGA Libraries’ computers to download data and images at no charge.
    • The Athens-Clarke County Library Heritage Room’s computers to download data at no charge
    • The microfilm scanner/copiers at UGA Libraries or ACCL Heritage Room to download images at no charge.
  • Cable lock for your laptop computer, to lock your computer to your work area in the UGA Libraries. Classroom tables are not secure enough to count on locks there.
  • List of passwords for your subscriptions

Office supplies/miscellaneous

  • Notebook paper/ tablets/ something to take notes on
  • Pens and pencils to write with
  • Your own genealogy research to work on
  • Snacks
  • Plastic bags
  • paper clips, rubber bands, staple puller, stapler
  • flashlight
  • nightlight


  • Attire is business casual; faculty will dress more professionally than students need to.
  • Comfortable shoes (the building is large, although the walk is indoors.)
  • Comfortable clothes, casual but no holes, tears, bare midriffs, etc. This is a professional meeting so modesty needs to be the norm. Layers including socks and a sweater or jacket are advisable in classrooms. Air conditioned rooms can be cold, especially when wearing summer weight clothes appropriate for the outside heat and humidity.
  • Small umbrella – It has been known to rain unexpectedly.
  • Exercise clothing, if you want to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities and swimsuit if you want to swim at the Ramsey Center.

Hotel information is available under the IGHR 2018 tab by clicking on Accommodations

Yes, IGHR volunteers will help get you and your luggage to the hotel desk. At that point UGA Hotel staff will assist you.

IGHR does not recommend or endorse any business, but you can try Pine Lake Campground, near Athens.

IGHR has partnered with the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel to provide two optional pre-paid meal plans. These meals will be provided in the private banquet/ballroom area within the conference center. One evening meal – Wednesday – is included in IGHR tuition. A reception will be held immediately after orientation on Saturday.

There are two onsite restaurants and the Georgia Java coffee shop features coffee by one of Athens’ local coffee roasters Jittery Joe's. However, IGHR cannot guarantee that these two restaurants will be able to handle a large group within the scheduled lunch period. IGHR is advocating that attendees consider the meal plan option.

There will be two 30 minute food and beverage breaks each day Sunday through Wednesday in the area outside the classrooms. Morning break will be 9:45-10:15 am and afternoon break 2:15–2:45 pm. Thursday morning there will be one 15 minute refreshment break. The idea is to allow visiting and networking among attendees

Each hotel room in the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel has a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

There are several restaurants nearby and some in the Five Points area are a relatively flat walk to and from the Georgia Center. 

There are several restaurants in the Downtown Athens, Five Points, and Baxter Street areas at most price points. Downtown listings include Prince Avenue locations. Click here to view a list of restaurants and their distance from the Georgia Center compiled by IGHR volunteers.

Additional information is available from the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau and Flagpole Guide to Athens.

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