The National Institute on Genealogical Research (N.I.G.R.), on 15-21 July 2007at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and College Park, Maryland, is an intensive program offering on-site examination of federal records. Designed for experienced researchers, it is not an introduction to genealogy.
The 2007 program focuses on commonly used immigration, military, land, cartographic, African American, and non-population census records. Complementing those core lectures will be presentations on lesser-known federal records useful to family historians. 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 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 2007. The class fills very quickly. Tuition is $350 for applications postmarked on, or before, 15 May 2007, or $400 for applications postmarked after that date. For more information about the 2007 program, or to obtain an application brochure, see the institute's Web site at www.rootsweb.com/~natgenin/ and add your name to the mail list; 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 five hundred dollar stipend to help defray expenses of attending the institute. The N.I.G.R. 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 for application information, or write to: Lackey Scholarship, NIGRAA, P.O. Box 14274, Washington, D.C. 20044-4274. Applications must be received by 15 January 2007. Winners will be notified no later than 20 February 2007.
The American Society of Genealogists offers the ASG Scholar Award, based on a manuscript or published paper of at least five thousand words. The application deadline is 1 January 2007. 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.
N.I.G.R. has been a leader in the field of genealogical education since its founding in 1950. 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.