Samford University's nationally known Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) will draw almost 300 genealogy students from 37 states and Canada to campus the week of June 9-14. Classes in the annual workshop that began in the 1960s have been filled since shortly after registration opened last January.
Cosponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in Washington, D.C., the institute provides a week of intensive study led by prominent genealogy educators. Ten academically-oriented courses focus on the discovery and critical evaluation of information, and the use of a variety of genealogical sources and methodologies. Courses vary in content from year to year, although some topics are consistently offered.
"The courses have earned a strong national following among serious genealogy students," said Lori Northrup, associate librarian of Samford's University Library and director of the IGHR. "They know they must register in a hurry to get the class they want."
This year's course offerings range from beginner's and intermediate classes to such specialized topics as reading German records, Scottish genealogical research, Indian tribe records, advanced methodology and evidence analysis, writing and publishing for genealogists and research in the South.
The 29-member faculty includes such nationally prominent instructors as Elizabeth Shown Mills, longtime editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and past president of the American Society of Genealogists; Lloyd Bockstruck, author of seven books on genealogy and former supervisor of the Dallas, Texas, Library genealogy department; Thomas Jones, trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists; Christine Rose, author of seven books on genealogy including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Genealogy, published by Simon & Schuster; Linda Geiger, author and treasurer of the Georgia chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, and others.