The following is an announcement from the National Institute on Genealogical Research:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH
10-16 July 2005
The National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) in Washington, D.C. will be held at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and in College Park, Maryland. It offers on-site and in-depth examination of the common and less-known federal records there. This intensive week-long study opportunity is for experienced genealogists and also for archivists, historians and librarians interested in using federal records for genealogical research. It is not an introductory course in genealogy.
The 2005 program will feature sessions on immigration, military, land, cartographic, African American, and Native American records. Additional lectures on less-frequently-used sources along with popular sessions on naturalization, citizenship, mortality schedules and passport records will round out the program. Attendees will spend one day at Archives II in College Park, Maryland, for presentations on resources at that facility and for an opportunity to conduct research there. Evening sessions at the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Library of Congress and the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Library are optional.
To facilitate direct contact between the students and the lecturers and archivists, enrollment is limited. Brochures with an application form will be mailed in February, 2005. The class fills very quickly. Tuition is $350 for applications postmarked on, or before, 15 May 2005, or $400 for applications postmarked after that date. For more information about the 2005 program, or to obtain an application brochure, see the institute's Web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin/; or e-mail NatInsGen@juno.com; or write to NIGR, P.O. Box 724, Lanham, MD 20703-0724.
Two scholarships are available, each offering a $500 stipend to help defray expenses of attending the institute. The NIGR Alumni Association offers the Richard S. Lackey Scholarship to "an experienced researcher in either a paid or volunteer position in the service of the genealogical community." For information, see the institute's Web site where an online application form will be available after 1 October 2004; or write to: Lackey Scholarship, NIGRAA, P.O. Box 14274, Washington, D.C. 20044-4274. Applications must be received by 15 January 2005. Winners will be notified no later than 20 February 2005.
The American Society of Genealogists offers the ASG Scholar Award, based on a manuscript or published paper of at least 5,000 words. Application deadline is 1 January 2005. For details, see the Society's Web site at http://www.fasg.org; or write to: ASG Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 398 Demorest, GA 30535-0398.
NIGR has been a leader in the field of genealogical education for more than fifty years. In 1989 the institute was incorporated as an independent, non-profit corporation. Its board of trustees consists of representatives of the American Society of Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the institute's alumni association. The National Archives, a non-voting member of the corporation, provides strong support. The institute maintains a non-discriminatory policy toward enrollment. Applicants are accepted without regard to sex, race, creed, color, or national or ethnic origin.