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June 8-13, 2014

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does attending IGHR qualify as 'continuing education,' or is it all just for fun?

IGHR's mission is "to provide an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology." As such, it is intended to be a resource for those seeking 'continuing education' in this field - and judging by the numerous responses of "I learned a great deal" in the annual online surveys we feel confident we have succeeded in this regard.

However, while attending IGHR is looked upon very favorably by the genealogical community completion of our courses unfortunately does not apply towards certification or any type of genealogical degree.

As for it being "all just for fun…" We certainly hope that our attendees enjoy their IGHR experience (and we try our best each year to ensure this), but we also hope they come away with knowledge/resources that will empower them to be better genealogists.

I'm driving to IGHR this year. Where can I park?
When you arrive on Sunday, feel free to park in any lot on campus. A campus map will be included in your course materials, and as you pick up your course materials please be sure to get a Visitor's Parking Pass to put on the dashboard of your car. You may park in all lots during the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. except those lots designated for Faculty/Staff. After 4:30, you may once again park in any parking lot.

If you are staying in campus housing, please leave your vehicle parked in your residence hall parking lot during the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. if possible.

How can I get from the airport to Samford?
Unfortunately, IGHR does not provide transportation to and from the airport. However, our air travelers have a few options from which to choose:
  • Due to unstable gas prices, we are unable to provide quotes for shuttle service. Please call the desired shuttle company for up-to-date pricing before your flight.
  • A Cab - (205) 520-5099: Cash only. No senior discount.
  • Airport Taxi - (205) 567-7089: 24-hour service. Senior citizen discount. Early morning pick-up.
  • American Cab - (205) 322-2222: 24-hour service. Early morning pick-up and drop-off.in the Birmingham Metro area. Accepts major credit cards.
  • Birmingham Door To Door Shuttle - (205) 591-5550: Operates 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Sundays and 4:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Meteors Shuttle - (205) 980-1083: 24-hour service.
  • Yellow Cab - (205) 328-4444: 24-hour computer dispatch service. Accepts major credit cards.

  • Where will Registration be held? / Where is the University Library?
    Please click on "Sunday Orientation" and/or "Visiting Samford" links to the left.

    When will I get my information packet in the mail?
    We are no longer mailing out information packets. We are instead focusing on providing the information on the web through our online registration with 123Signup and through our website. We will also be sending out announcements through our e-mail list, which you may subscribe to on our "Communication" page.

    I'm staying on campus. What should I bring with me?
    In addition to the normal items (clothes, toiletries, etc.), you'll also need to bring your own pillow, bed linens, towel and washcloth.

    What can you tell me more about the meal ticket and other food options?
    All IGHR registrations include the Thursday night banquet (additional tickets may be purchased for guests during the week of IGHR). All attendees staying on campus receive a meal ticket as part of their package. You can purchase one separately if you are staying off-campus. It is NOT a notable savings over paying for meals individually in the cafeteria. If you have not already purchased a meal ticket but would like to do so, you can get one when you arrive and at Sunday registration.
    Cafeteria/Food Court: Please click here to visit the Samford University Campus Dining website for more information, including hours of operation and menu choices.

    Can you tell me which dorm I will be staying in?
    We typically do not know what dorms we'll be assigned until a couple months before the event. Once we find out we will post the dorm location on our "Housing" page.

    Where will my course be located?
    Course locations are not determined until a few months before the event. Specific course locations will be included with your course information distributed at registration on Sunday.

    Where can I smoke?
    All of the buildings on the Samford Unversity campus are non-smoking buildings. This includes our dorms.

    Are there any interesting places to visit nearby?
    Your courses should keep you busy during the day and there are several interesting sessions scheduled for the evenings, but if you feel the urge to explore or do some shopping, there are shopping centers in the vicinity: Brookwood Mall at the intersection of Lakeshore and Hwy 280; The Summit at the intersection of Hwy 280 and I-459; and Wildwood Shopping Center at the intersection of Lakeshore and I-65 as shown on this map.

    For more information about things to do in Birmingham, visit the web site of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    Will I have Internet access while at IGHR?
    While you are at IGHR, you may login to Samford University's wireless network that requires a user name and password that will be distributed at registration on Sunday. For more information and instructions on how to set up your computer to connect to SamfordSecure, see here.

    The wireless network at Samford is not 100% reliable throughout campus, so if connectivity is essential we recommend that you bring an ethernet cable as well. Your ethernet adapter should be set for DHCP, then select: "obtain an IP address" and set your web browser proxy settings to proxy.samford.edu, port 8080. Once you arrive on campus if you need help getting connected, feel free to ask any of the library or computer lab staff.

    Attendees staying on campus during IGHR should be able to utilize the wireless access, but again we recommend packing an ethernet cable "just in case."

    If you are not bringing a laptop to IGHR, you will have access to the internet through the many computers available in the library and computer labs across campus. Hours for the library and labs are available here and here.

    What should I wear to the banquet on Thursday night?
    The suggested dress code for the IGHR Banquet can be best described as 'business casual' or 'traditional church' attire as shown in the images below:

    IGHR Banquet image
    IGHR Banquet image

    Photos donated by the Samford University Library family