National Genealogical Society

Conferences & Events

NGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

12–19 February 2017

  • Space is limited to 30 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 9 March 2016
  • Early bird registration closes: 1 August 2016
  • Registration Deadline: 1 December 2016  

    Join the NGS group for a week at the world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Researchers have access to numerous commercial computer databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding worldwide maps. 

    The research consultants are, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, Certified Genealogist Emeritus and Shirley Wilcox, cgsm, fngs, fvgs. 

    Trip Details Registration Fees Schedule
    Policies Featured Consultants Accessibility
    Hotel Extra Night? FAQs

    Trip Details

    The research trip package includes:

    • Online orientation to prepare for your trip to Salt Lake City;
    • Guidance from experienced research leaders;
    • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, including free internet and airport transfers;
    • Meet and greet on Sunday evening at the hotel;
    • Six days of research at the Family History Library;
    • Personal research consultations with experienced group leaders; 
    • Monday evening group lecture;
    • Wednesday evening pizza party; 
    • Saturday evening dinner; 
    • Fees, taxes, and gratuities for all planned events.

    Registration Fees

    Single Room
    Before 1 August
    1 August and after
    Double/Shared Room
    Before 1 August
    1 August and after
    Person with non-researching spouse1
    Before 1 August
    1 August and after



    1Non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room, and any events planned.

    Schedule (Changes announced through the online orientation)

    Sunday, 8:00 p.m.
    Meet and greet with questions and answers; snacks and beverages are included
    Monday, 8:00 a.m.
    Orientation and research at the Family History Library
    Monday, 5:30 p.m.
    Genealogical presentation (Lecture announced during the online orientation)
    Research at Family History Library
    Research at Family History Library
    Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
    Pizza party at hotel
    Research at Family History Library
    Research at Family History Library
    Research at Family History Library
    Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
    Closing dinner
    Checkout of hotel before 12:00 p.m.


    Roommates: NGS will aid participants in locating a roommate; however, no guarantees are made. Please see the FAQ for further information.

    Payments: Full payment is required at the time of registration.

    Cancellation: To cancel trip, please send written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at

    • If your cancellation request is received by 1 December 2016 (60 days prior to the trip), a $125 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
    • After 1 December 2016, because of contract obligations, refunds (minus the nonrefundable administrative fee) are only available if a substitute participant is found
    • Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.
    •  Accessibility

      The library, as well as the hotel, are handicapped accessible. Please note that there is a good amount of walking necessary to get around the facility. If you need a handicapped-accessible room, please make note in the registration comments section. Cabs, parking, and public transit fees are not included in the cost of the trip.

      Featured Consultants

      Marie Varrelman Melchiori, is a retired Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer who specialized in records at the National Archives, Washington. She has lectured at the National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences. She taught at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Marie conducted workshops on beginning genealogy and military records for the National Archives. In 1999 and 2000, she served as a trip director for the NGS Research Trip to Ireland. She was a recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Graham T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.

      Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cg, fngs, fvgs, served as NGS president from 1996 to 2000, and elected as a fellow in 2001. In 2011, she became the first recipient of the NGS Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. She was the former president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, the Prince George’s County Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society.

      She became a board-certified genealogist in 1973. She is a current member of the DAR and she also serves on the board of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia.


      The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is a nonsmoking facility and is next door to the Family History Library. Each room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, refrigerator, microwave oven, and free high-speed internet access. The hotel also has an exercise room, jacuzzi, and a laundry room for guests’ convenience. A gift shop is in the lobby area. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant with a full-service menu. 

      Across from the hotel are Abravenel Hall (home of the Utah Symphony), TRAX (Salt Lake’s light rail system), Temple Square Station, and the newly opened City Creek Center shopping mall. The TRAX system goes to Energy Solution Arena or Gateway Center. Both Gateway and City Creek Center have a variety of shops and restaurants.

      Can I arrange for extra nights?

      NGS can make arrangements to extend your trip. The price is $96 per night. Please make these plans at least 60 days prior to trip date. After that, space is based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at for further information.

      *Certified Genealogist, cg, Certified Genealogical Lecturer and cgl are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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