Registration 2017

Read about Gen-Fed 2017

Please read these policies and instructions completely before registration opens on February 25, 2017, at 3:00 PM EST.  If you have any questions before or during registration, send an email to info@gen-fed.org.

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The link to 123SignUp will appear here on Saturday, February 25.

We will be standing by during the first hour of registration; email info@gen-fed.org if you experience any issues.

WAITLIST REQUESTS 
Enrollment is on a first come-first served basis. If you are unable to reserve a spot because the institute sells out, you can choose to be added to a waiting list, maintained by 123SignUp. No deposit is required to add your name to the waiting list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

TUITION
Tuition is $450.00 and includes the one-week course, day and evening sessions, a printed syllabus, and lunch on Monday, July 10. Payment by check is expected within 15 days of your online reservation. No credit cards are accepted.

HOTEL
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Capitol at 550 C Street SW, a one-stop Metro ride from the National Archives, or .7 mile walk across the Mall. The cost of the rooms is $172 (plus tax) per night. Room sharing will be facilitated for anyone interested. The Sunday evening session will be held at the hotel. More information on transportation and hotel accommodations, including the link to obtain the block rate, will be provided when registration is finalized by payment.

CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICY
Prompt payment is expected. Failure to pay tuition within 15 days of making a reservation will result in cancellation of your reservation and an assessment of a $25 administrative fee.

Tuition (less a $75 cancellation fee) will only be refunded for cancellations received on or before 10 June 2017. Email notification to info@gen-fed.org  is sufficient notice. No refunds will be given after that date.


REGISTRATION PROCESS
Navigation Tips
The system consists of multiple screens, each requiring input. None of the input is submitted until you click “Next” on the Summary page. Required data fields are marked with a red asterisk*. Failure to enter data in those fields will result in an error message and slow the process.

Do not use your browser’s back button to return to previous screens. Use the navigational buttons within the system—“Back” and “Next”— to move between screens. Clicking on the “Next” button on the Summary page submits your data and finalizes the online reservation.

STARTING THE PROCESS
The 123SignUp link will become live at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 25. You may need to refresh your browser after that time.

Enter your email address on the first screen. It will become your login. Confirmations and communications from Gen-Fed will be sent to this email address so use one that you check frequently. If it is your first time using 123SignUp, you will need to create and re-type a password of your choosing.

The password must be at least 8 characters and must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and one number. Special characters are not allowed.

If your contact information changes at any time between registration and attendance, log in to update your profile.

On the next screen, enter your full contact information, as well as emergency contact information. Be sure to leave the box checked next to the statement: “Yes, I would like to receive email messages.”

After you enter the information to populate your profile, you will be asked how you heard about Gen-Fed and about your previous institute experience.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
You will be asked to provide a biographical sketch of no more than 250 words describing your genealogical activity and experience to date. We strongly recommend that you write your sketch ahead of time and cut and paste it into the text box. This bio will be printed in the course notebooks and shared with your classmates.

NUTS & BOLTS & RESEARCH CARDS
You will be asked about accessibility issues and food allergies. We will also ask if you have a current or expired NARA research card (issued in the DC area), or if you plan to get it before the institute opens. Most attendees will get their cards on the first day of the program; we provide your contact information to NARA a few weeks ahead of time to speed the process. If you have a current or an expired card (and you can find it!), please have it with you when you login for registration.

ACCEPTANCE OF LATE AND CANCELLATION FEES
You will be asked to acknowledge Administrative Costs and the Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  1. I agree to pay Gen-Fed $25 for administrative costs incurred if I do not send a tuition check within 15 days to finalize my registration.
  2. I have read and understood the Cancellation & Refund Policy, which reads: After payment, tuition (less a $75 cancellation fee) will be refunded for cancellations received on or before 10 June 2017. Email notification to info@gen-fed.org is sufficient notice. No refunds will be given after that date.

COMPLETING THE PROCESS
After completing the questionnaire and entering your biographical sketch and other data, you will reach a Summary page. You may enter a second email to which a confirmation can be sent on  the Summary page. You may then click “Next” to finalize your course reservation. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you see the confirmation page. Please check your spam folder if you don’t see it. Add “123signup – Gen-Fed”  AND info@gen-fed.org to your contact list to ensure that future communication is received.

PAYMENT
Send a check (with your registration confirmation number in the memo field) made out to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records to:

Gen-Fed
P. O. Box 24564
Baltimore, MD 21214

You will be notified by email when your check has been received and your registration finalized.