NIGR is now Gen-Fed

The message below was received from Gen-Fed. The week-long institute’s focus on Federal records and how to find them–especially those that are not online–is  intended for moderately experienced researchers and librarians; it is not for beginners.

The Board of Trustees of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) has announced that the institute’s name was changed to the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (Gen-Fed) on December 22, 2015. The institute, held annually at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1960 as a three-week general course on genealogy. In 1987, it narrowed its focus to federal records.

“Given the growth in genealogical education, it made sense to choose a name that clearly identifies the institute’s mission,” said Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG, director. “A new website,, offers a closer look at the program, which is scheduled for July 11–15, 2016.  You can also follow the institute on Facebook and Twitter (@GenFedInstitute).”

Diane Dimkoff, coordinator of research customer support at the National Archives, stated, “We are pleased that the institute’s new name reflects the significance of federal records and look forward to continuing our traditional collaboration.”

The institute’s alumni association (NIGRAA) has joined with Gen-Fed at its new website:

Alumni can now update contact information, join or renew, and pay dues online.

Malissa Ruffner, JD, CG℠