IGHR at Samford University - 1965 to 2016

THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED. Please visit the new home for IGHR on Facebook -- www.facebook.com/IGHR.Georgia


Good morning friends! As you may already know, IGHR has concluded its run at Samford and will move to Athens, Georgia starting in 2017. For that reason this page will no longer be updated.

PLEASE VISIT AND "LIKE" THE NEW IGHR PAGE -- https://www.facebook.com/IGHR.Georgia/. There you can get information about IGHR in its new home.

IGHR - Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research IGHR offers week-long, intensive genealogy courses every July.


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO 2016 ATTENDEES: We are experiencing issues with sending to aol.com e-mail addresses. That's "issues" as in "they don't go through and the server eventually gives up trying." If you or another IGHR attendee you know uses one as your primary address, please contact us at [email protected] with an alternative e-mail address so we can get information to you.

Registration - IGHR - Research Guides at Samford University 01/21/2016

Course 2, Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, is now full. A link to its online wait list request form may be found on our Registration page: http://samford.libguides.com/ighr/ighr-registration

Registration - IGHR - Research Guides at Samford University

IGHR Wait List Request Form -- Course 3 01/19/2016

Well that was quick -- the Advanced Methodology course for is now full. Wait List Request Form here: ow.ly/Xhf69

IGHR Wait List Request Form -- Course 3


Just a quick reminder, the Samford University Library will be closed on Monday 1/18 in observance of MLK Day. We will make every effort to answer any last-minute weekend questions before the start of registration on Tuesday.

Home - IGHR - Research Guides at Samford University 10/22/2015

IGHR may be moving to the University of Georgia's campus in 2017, but the 2016 institute is still going to be right here in good ol' Samford June 12th through the 17th. Registration will open at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Course and faculty information may be found on our website -- http://ighr.samford.edu/. Additional information will be added as it becomes available.

Home - IGHR - Research Guides at Samford University The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) at the Samford University Library provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Stu…


Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research to Relocate in 2017


CONTACT: Philip Poole
TELEPHONE: 205.726.2823
EMAIL: [email protected]

Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research to Relocate in 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Samford University has announced that the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will relocate after the June 2016 institute. The university is working with the IGHR advisory board and other organizations to find a suitable host.

The growth in Samford’s academic programming has resulted in demands on necessary resources that exceed the university’s ability to meet both programs’ requirements for a quality experience for all parties, according to Kimmetha Herndon, dean of Samford University’s Library. The Institute traditionally has been held in June, and that date did not compete with other workshops and conferences held across the U.S. throughout the year. Alternative dates to host the Institute were not available because of the university’s expanded year-round academic programming. This year’s IGHR workshop is June 7-12.

“June has become an increasingly busy month on the Samford campus. Institutional priorities for academic programming, summer academic camps and a growing number of new student orientation sessions increased the demand on classroom, residence hall, dining and other auxiliary resources,” Herndon said. “For several years now, we have had to make adjustments in the IGHR schedule and programming to try to meet the institute’s programming needs within the available space and resources of the university.”

The goal is to provide the best learning atmosphere possible for IGHR attendees. “The institute has been operating at capacity for several years, and we have reached the point where our campus no longer can provide the high quality experience that our attendees deserve and the university desires,” Herndon added.

The decision was not an easy one, Herndon explained, and university officials have worked for two years to find viable solutions or alternative dates. Herndon and the university library staff are working with the IGHR advisory board to identify alternative hosts, including other locations in Birmingham and across the South.

Herndon said Samford will continue to promote IGHR. The Samford library staff and IGHR advisory board will seek to keep the Institute and workshop in the South and to promote the historic collections in Alabama and the Southeast.

Herndon and several board members noted that the potential move could enable IGHR to serve more genealogists and to offer a more comprehensive curriculum.

The Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research dates to 1962, and it became a week-long event in 1965. Although the format and schedule have changed through the years, Herndon noted, the Institute has sought to “instruct genealogical researchers in the art of detailed historical research beyond knowing who their ancestors were to the deeper understanding of the times and places in which their families lived.”

It is because of that long history that Samford is committed to identifying a possible new host campus or facility for the Institute, she added.

“We are fortunate that there are a number of institutions and organizations across the South who could be strong partners with the Institute,” Herndon said. “Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for those who have come to rely on the Institute as a source for their genealogical research education needs. We want IGHR to continue to thrive, and we anticipate being able to continue this strong tradition in support of the mission of IGHR.”

Timeline photos 02/13/2015

If you're out here at RootsTech, stop by booth 1405 and say hello!


Liz and Eric are packing everything up for RootsTech as we speak. They'll see y'all in Salt Lake City!

Home - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University 01/22/2015

IGHR 2015 is just around the corner – 136 days, in fact! And there are still classes open after a rush at registration Tuesday. Please visit our website at http://ighr.samford.edu where you will find registration information as well as waitlist information for courses that have already filled.

Highlights for 2015:

• The Advanced Methodology class is back with a new coordinator, Judy G. Russell!
• Elizabeth Shown Mills will be our Thursday night banquet speaker
• Hotel rates are as low as $89/night (with room for roommates).
• Shuttle service in the mornings and evenings has been expanded to facilitate your travel to and from campus
• Einstein Bros. Bagels will be open in the University Library for your convenience!

We look forward to seeing you!

Home - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research - hosted by the Samford University Library Welcome to the IGHR main tab


Please visit our registration website at http://samford.v1.libguides.com/ighr-registration to register for Course 1 - Methods and Sources and Course 5 - Military Records II of IGHR 2015.

If you don't see the link to register, hit the refresh or reload button on your internet browser as you may be seeing an older version of the webpage.

UPDATE: Course 3 - Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis and Course 8 - Research in the South: The Colonies of the South are both full. To sign-up for the wait list, go to the registration link above and scroll down to the bottom of the page to get to the wait list links. All other IGHR courses are now open for registration. Course registration will remain open until the course is filled. If the course you want is full, please sign up for the waiting list as there may be cancellations.

PAYMENT NOTE: In order to be in compliance with federal laws, we will not be able to take any credit card numbers over the phone. If you wish to use a credit card to register, you will need to register online.

Want more information about which courses are being offered? Visit our course page at http://samford.v1.libguides.com/ighr-courses.

If you need more information or have questions, please visit our website at http://samford.v1.libguides.com/ighr-help or contact us at [email protected].

Registration - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University Please be aware that all requests are subject to a $75 cancellation fee applicable from the time of registration.


Many of you have asked for more specifics about the housing situation. As we noted on the web site, page, and listserv, the University notified us in December that there would be no rooms available for IGHR on campus in 2015. The change is due to a change in University policy giving preference for housing to groups connected to disciplinary programs in the various colleges at Samford. For instance, our Classics dept. hosts a Classics camp each summer at which they teach Latin and Roman history to junior high school students. This kind of program which requires on-campus housing gets preference. Also, turnover time for the dorms requires downtime in the summer for cleaning and repair. This combination of large numbers of disciplinary camps and housing maintenance is what led to changes in on-campus housing for 2015 for IGHR and other groups.

Conference hotel information should be on the web site this week, perhaps as early as today or tomorrow. For rate information, you will need to contact the hotel per the instructions on the site.

Elizabeth Wells and Eric Allen look forward to seeing you at FGS/Rootstech in SLC soon! Be sure to visit the booth, where they will be happy to entertain your questions.

IGHR 101 - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University 01/12/2015

Hello again! Eric here once again with a couple of announcements:

1.) A quick reminder that registration will open at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Central) on Tuesday, January 20th. To prevent an overload of the online registration system, the opening of course registration will be staggered with different courses being opened every half hour. Please visit our website for the registration schedule.

2.) The IGHR 101 page (http://samford.v1.libguides.com/ighr-101) has been updated with brand-new video guides on how to register as well as how to submit a course wait list request.

For those of you who have downloaded the old PDF version, don't worry -- the basic process is still the same. You may want to take a look though just to see what's updated since the PDF was created.

Also, for those of you concerned about filling out the registration in a timely manner a downloable quick reference guide has been added. Fill it out ahead of time and then copy/paste into the appropriate fields as you go through the registration process.

IGHR 101 - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research - hosted by the Samford University Library Materials to help you prepare for your IGHR experience

IGHR Housing - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University 01/05/2015

We regret to announce that due to changes in University policy we will not be able to offer on-campus housing this year. We recognize that for some of you the ability to stay on campus made attending IGHR more affordable.

We will be working to establish the best group rates possible with our Event Hotels and to enhance shuttle service to/from campus. Parking passes will also be available for those who are driving to campus during the Institute. As we identify Event Hotels and their rates we will add them to the Housing page of our website: http://samford.v1.libguides.com/ighr-housing

The new food service vendor, Sodexo, will not be offering meal tickets for purchase this year. You may purchase meals using cash, debit or credit in the University Cafeteria as well as other campus locations, including a new Einstein Bros. Bagels on the first floor of the University Library. In addition, box lunches for all IGHR attendees will be served from a central location on Monday and Tuesday.

Other updates will be added to the IGHR website as information becomes available: http://ighr.samford.edu/.

IGHR Housing - IGHR - LibGuides at Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research - hosted by the Samford University Library Information about where you can stay during IGHR


It's been a great visit to San Antonio! Hope to see some of our new friends and our alums at IGHR 2015! See you next summer!

Wilmington Historic Grave Search 08/30/2014

Wilmington Historic Grave Search Helping cover the expenses of cadaver-dog handlers to locate unmarked graves in North Carolina.

Timeline photos 08/28/2014

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It's great to see so many IGHR alums at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference here in San Antonio! Y'all come by and say hello!

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