Genealogy in the Woods 2011
Genealogy & History Back to Basics
Sky Ranch at Cave Springs
October 29 & 30, 2011
Same Venue as 2003, 2005 & 2007!

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Press Room

Info Sheet


Workshop Calendar

Gregath Speakers

Cave Springs/Sky Ranch Website


Refund/Payment Policy General

Q. Though this package is economical for all inclusive, is there any way I can come for less?
A1. Referral Bonuses are back again this year! Once you have paid your registration, for every regular paid registration (Speakers and Returnees not applicable) who verify you referred them, you will earn a $5 referral bonus. Referral bonus (refund) checks will be included in camp packets. Attendees can earn reduced registration this way. Accepted/paid speakers have no limit.
A2. Do you lecture? If you have a presentation that would fit in with our back to basics theme, follow our Call for Papers directions. If accepted, your honorarium will be refunded or applied to payment balance.

Q. What if I want to come, but can't make "check in", would like to combine this with seeing friends off campus, or wish to leave early?
A. While we like to foster the "back to camp" atmosphere, we can make any arrival/departure arrangements you prefer.  Please be advised though, the earlier you let us know, the more seamless your plans will fit into the larger agenda. The campus gates are closed at night for security, but our group is not restricted to campus.

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Q. What if I prefer a private room, or something different than "family style"?
A. All sleeping rooms at the ranch house have multiple beds. If you prefer to by the extra space, this can be arranged by "purchasing" the sleeping space. Sleeping rooms range from double occupancy to quad. Note all empty beds purchased reduce the number of all inclusive registrations possible. 

Q. Can I bring my pet?
A. While pets sometimes need retreats, no personal pets are allowed on campus.  Contact us before registering if you require a service animal.

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Q. Will there be extra paperwork and releases, like in the past?
A. Yes - Attendees will be getting these in their camp packets:
Click here for Cave Springs Example Release
Click here for Gregath Health & Safety Policy/Release

Q. I don't agree to everything covered by the above releases, what then?
A. You can contact us with questions or concerns about either release, however if you don't agree with them, we can not welcome you to the retreat.

Q. I have special dietary concerns - will there be any adjustment allowed for me?
A.  Our standard offerings will not take into account any special dietary needs.  However, if you contact us as soon as you register (or before October 1, 2011), we will do our best to see that there is something to meet your needs, however, no one with special requirements that have made prior arrangements will go hungry.

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Q. Do we need to pack pencil sharpeners?
A.  We will have a single electric one available.  If you have one you prefer, please bring your choice - we had rooms that brought a room sharpener in 2003, and individuals in 2005.

Q. Is there internet access?
A. Yes - the ranch house provides wireless internet. No public workstations will be available however.

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Q. Are there electrical outlets in the rooms?
A. Yes - though we can't guarantee the number or placement in any given room/bath.

Q. Any ideas on how to get HOT water to make tea, etc.?
A. Yes - you have kitchen privileges (which include clean-up - just like at home) on both floors.

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Q. Will there be lots of shopping opportunities?
A. No - no vendor/exhibitor space is being sold, as the retreat should be free of all stresses, including what books can you buy with this month's budget.  However, speakers may have supporting source material for sale. Additionally, you'll be able to catalog shop with the items in your goodie bags.

Q. Where will the sessions take place exactly?
A. This is somewhat up to the presenter.  Most will be in the upper floor living room or around the adjacent dining room table.  This is unless the weather is good and the presenter decides to offer the session outside - on the deck, etc. 

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Q. Will there be vending machines?
A. Yes and No - While the campus usually has a few, being a fall weekend, they may not be stocked the entire time. Additionally, if you are not into distance walking, getting to them will be a hike as our ranch house is apart from the main campus. We will be offering refreshments at all times, but as your camp packet and all packing suggestions note you should bring anything you'd miss having to the Retreat - with the exception of alcohol.

Q. I only drink decaffeinated coffee, will it be available?
A. At this time, we will not be offering decaf coffee. Feel free to bring your own. If you prefer brewed over instant, don't forget the coffee or hot pot.

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Q. I'd like to come, but what if I can't afford the cost in a single payment?
A1. If you prefer, you can charge it to Visa or MasterCard for a 5% user fee. If this doesn't appeal, contact us to further discuss making monthly payments. 
A2. Payments will be smaller the earlier you register, for instance: Your $150.00 registration in November results in a $20 payment November through January, and $10 monthly (due by the 15th) until paid. If you wait until March, if space is still available, the monthly payments (as well as total cost) will be more.

Q. If I choose to make payments, will I be billed monthly?
A.  The choice to make payments is yours, therefore you will be accountable for your own schedule. To help with this, we suggest you mark your calendar on the 15th - for each month - as soon as you send in your deposit. We may also send email reminders, but they should not be expected.

Q. What if I choose to make payments and miss one?
A.  Some latitude is given. However, if you miss a payment, the following payment must be made on time (by the 15th) and include both month's payments, or be subject to cancellation. Full payment must be made by October 1, 2011, or you registration is voided. Partial refunds (see below) may be requested before 10-1-11.

Q. What if I register and can't come?
A.  These registrations are fully transferable - give it to someone, or even turn it into a fundraiser for your organization with a silent auction - gifts to non-profits are tax deductible.  We only ask that you let us know, as soon as you know the new attendee, so that we can have correct name tags, etc. Also, if the gender of the registration changes, rooms will need re-assigned.  Change in attendee registration is free - no extra charge.  You are also eligible for a partial refund (see next).

Q. What about a refund, if I so desire?
A. Various refunds are available only until October 1, 2011 and must be requested by canceling attendee.  After October 1, you surrender the total fee.  See above - these are transferable.

  • From paid reservation until April 1, 2011, a full refund of monies paid minus $10 fee. *EXPIRED*

  • From April 1-July 15, 2011, a refund of monies paid of 50% is offered.

  • From July 15-October 1, 2011, a refund of monies paid of 15% is available.

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