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IGHR -- Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research

Welcome to IGHR

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.  Students choose one of the offered courses that last throughout the week and that range from a course for beginners to courses on specialized topics.

IGHR is academically and professionally oriented and is cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.  The faculty is composed of outstanding nationally known genealogy educators. Begun in 1962, the institute regularly enrolls over 200 students from around the country.

Please click on one of the above tabs for more information. Also, be sure to bookmark this site for information updates as they will be posted here first.

The 2016 Institute begins at
1:00 p.m. Sunday, June 12,
and concludes at 12:00 p.m.
Friday, June 17. (All times Central)

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IGHR Registration is Open

Registration is now open!

Registration for 2016 is open as of Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (10:00 a.m. Central). If you are having difficulty accessing the link even after refreshing the page and clearing your browser cache, please send a request to and we will send the link directly to you.

Click here to register online through

IGHR News & Updates


  • The library will be closed Monday, January 18, 2016 in observance of MLK Day. We will make every effort to answer any last-minute questions from over the weekend before registration begins on Tuesday morning.

  • Tuition for the IGHR 2016 has been set at $515.00 per person. Please note that IGHR tuition is a flat rate and is no longer dependent upon the date of registration. More information regarding tuition may be found by selecting "Tuition" under the About tab above. You may also find the page by clicking here.

  • IGHR's new home for 2017 and beyond has been chosen! The announcement and additional information about its new location can be found by clicking on the IGHR Relocation tab above. You may also find the page by clicking here.

  • Registration for IGHR 2016 will open at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Central) on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
    • A link to our online registration will be provided at that time on the Registration tab above. You may also find the page by clicking here. Every year, some courses fill up in a matter of minutes, so be sure to be wherever you have your fastest internet connection at registration time. In the event that a course fills, links will be provided to online wait list forms.
    • To prevent an overload of the online registration system, the opening of course registration will be staggered with different courses being opened each half-hour.
  • Video walkthroughs of navigating the online registration system as well as submitting a course wait list request form are available for viewing on the IGHR 101 page of the website. You may access the page by selecting "IGHR 101" under the Help tab above or by clicking here.

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IGHR 2016 Countdown

June 12-17, 2016

Course Wait Lists

Course Wait Lists

The following courses are now full. Please click on the links below to be added to the appropriate course wait list. Wait lists for courses will remain open until Friday, May 13, 2016.

- Wait List for 2. Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies
- Wait List for 3. Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis
- Wait List for 7. Metes & Bounds & Land Plats

We cannot predict someone's chances of getting into a course as movement in the wait lists varies from course to course and from year to year. However, we will make every reasonable effort to ensure as many people as possible can attend in our final year at Samford.

IGHR 2017 Countdown

July 23-28, 2017
The Georgia Center’s UGA Hotel & Conference Center

IGHR 2017 begins in

Contact Us at IGHR

Samford University Library
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35229

Director: Lori Northrup
Secretary: Eric Allen

(205) 726-2846


Receive E-mail Updates

IGHR no longer mails printed postcards announcing the opening date of registration. If you wish to receive announcements from IGHR (including registration date updates) please subscribe to the IGHR-L listserv.

This listserv is for announcements only; it will not be possible to reply to e-mails sent from it.

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