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Course registration opens with a rolling schedule on Saturday, 2 March 2019. All registration times are EST (Eastern Standard Time). Early Bird registration ends at 11:55 pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2019, but the GGS discount is applicable for the entire registration period. Course registration ends at 11:55 pm on Monday, 1 July 2019.

Any additional purchases you wish to make, such as meal tickets or a printed syllabus, may be made at a later time so you can secure your seat in the course.

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

To register (once registration opens), go to IGHR 2019 > 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).

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

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, 20 July 2019

  • Free FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

  • Registration check-in 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • IGHR Orientation 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Reception immediately following orientation

Monday, 22 July 2019

  • Courses begin (Monday – Friday); view individual course schedules on course description pages
  • Evening sessions begin (Monday – Wednesday) 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Thursday, 25 July 2019

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

Friday, 26 July 2019

  • Courses end at noon

IGHR registration check-in will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, 21 July 2019 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 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel  (aka 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 or (800) 488-7827.

Orientation will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, 21 July 2019 in Mahler Auditorium off Hill Atrium. We strongly encourage everyone to attend orientation.

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

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 2019 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 free UGA App from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Based on previous feedback, IGHR is providing a casual professional atmosphere. July in Athens is generally hot and humid with 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.

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.

Long-time IGHR attendee Laura W. Carter recommends the following:


  • 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. Georgia 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

  • Tote bag of some kind (IGHR will not be providing bags this year.)
  • Notebook paper/ tablets/ something to take notes on
  • Pens and pencils to write with
  • Your own genealogy research to work on
  • Snacks
  • Plastic bags (for leftovers)
  • paper clips, rubber bands, staple puller, stapler (Your preferred classroom/research supplies.)
  • 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.

Yes! We have shirts, sweaters, hoodies, computer bags, mugs, and more! Visit the IGHR online store 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.

IGHR 2019 will take place Sunday, 21 July – Friday, 26 July 2019 at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel in Athens, GA. We hope you will join us! Click on Future Courses in the main menu or follow the link to review the course planning sheet which includes dates through 2022.

The FREE FamilySearch Family History and Genealogy Expo will be held Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel. This event is free and open to the public - no registration is required. There will be vendor booths and presentations throughout the day.

Hotel information is available under the IGHR 2019 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 optional pre-paid meal plans. These meals will be provided in the private banquet/ballroom area within the conference center. One evening meal – Thursday – is included in IGHR tuition. A light reception will be held immediately after orientation on Sunday. A link will be provided on the Meal Events page for those of you with special dietary needs to request a special diet meal ticket for Thursday's Dinner and meals purchased through the IGHR meal plans. The IGHR 2019 deadline to order a meal ticket and to request a special diet meal is 1 July 2019 at 11:55 p.m. (Eastern  Time)

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 Monday through Thursday in the area outside the classrooms. Morning break will be 9:45-10:15 am and afternoon break 2:15–2:45 pm. Friday 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. The University of Georgia also has a couple of dining halls that will be open during the week of IGHR. Click on FAQ "What are my other dining options in Athens?" for more information.

We will provide a link by email and on the Meal Events page for those of you with special dietary needs to request a special diet meal ticket. You must complete this special diet form by 1 July 2019 11:55 p.m. ET to receive a special diet meal for Thursday night's dinner (included with IGHR 2019 tuition) and meals purchased through the IGHR 2019 pre-paid meal plan.

We anticiapte the closest University of Georgia dining halls to the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel (Georgia Center) that will be open during IGHR are Bolton Hall (.5 miles) and Village Summit (.8 miles); Tate Center also has a variety of retail options at 45 Baxter Street which will be open. Although less than a mile away, all are VERY hilly walks. We recommend taking the UGA bus. You can view hours, menus, and locations by following the links provided. (Snelling Hall, located behind the Georgia Center, will not be open during IGHR.) Information will be confirmed and updated in July 2019.
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 University of GeorgiaAthens Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Flagpole Guide to Athens.
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