Registration 2018

Gen-Fed 2018 will be held the week of July 16 through July 20, with an optional session at the DAR Library on Saturday, July 21.  A Sunday evening orientation will be held at the hotel at 6:45 pm on July 15. Read about this year’s program here.

The registration link will appear HERE at 1PM, Saturday, February 24.

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 is $500.00 and includes the one-week course, day and optional evening sessions, a printed syllabus, and lunch on Monday, July 16. Payment by check is expected within 15 days of your online reservation. No credit cards are accepted.

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 $175 (plus tax) per night. Room sharing will be facilitated for anyone interested. A Sunday evening orientation will be held at the hotel at 6:45 pm on July 15. More information on transportation and hotel accommodations, including the link to obtain the block rate, will be provided when registration is finalized by payment.

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 14 June 2018. Email notification to  is sufficient notice. No refunds will be given after that date.

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” and “Proceed to Checkout”— to move between screens.

The 123SignUp link will become live at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24. 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. 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 you are on the Waiting List and your contact information changes after registration, please log back in to update your information.

On the next screen, enter your full contact information, as well as emergency contact information. Be sure to check the box 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 a series of short-answer and multiple choice questions. There is no need to be ready with a biography this year; they will be collected at a later date.

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.

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 14 June 2018. Email notification to is sufficient notice. No refunds will be given after that date.

After completing the questionnaire, you will be given the option of entering a second email address to which a confirmation can be sent. You then “Proceed to Checkout” to finalize your course reservation and click on “Register.” 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 to your contact list to ensure that future communication is received.

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

P. O. Box 24564
Baltimore, MD 21214

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