National Genealogical Society

Conferences & Events

NGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

4–11 January 2015

  • Space is limited to 30 attendees. 
  • Registration Opens: 17 March 2014 - SOLD OUT
  • Registration Deadline: 15 November 2014  

    Join the NGS’ group leaders for a week at the world renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The library’s noteworthy records include deeds, wills, military, tax, and vital records from the United States, Canada, and around the world. Researchers have access to numerous commercial computer databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, hundreds of thousands of microfiche, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding area maps.

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    Trip Details

    Your land package includes:

    • Online orientation
    • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
    • Six full days of research at the Family History Library and guidance from NGS experts
    • Sunday evening meet and greet social
    • Monday evening group lecture
    • Wednesday evening pizza party
    • Saturday evening group meal
    • Shuttle van transfers from airport to hotel and return

    Registration Fees

    Single Room
    Before October 2
    October 2 and after
    Double/Shared Room
    Before October 2
    October 2 and after
    Person with non-researching spouse1
    Before October 2
    October 2 and after



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


    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 Policy:

    Please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes. If your cancellation request is received by 4 November 2014, 60 days prior to trip date, a $100 non-refundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.

    After that, refunds minus the non-refundable administrative fee are only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missing events or leaving the trip early.  

    Featured Consultants

    Marie Varrelman Melchiori, cg*, cgl, specializes in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Marie has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1988. She has lectured on military records for Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Marie has conducted workshops on military records and beginning genealogy for the National Archives. In September of 1999 and in 2000 she was one of the trip directors for the NGS Research Trip to Ireland. In 1999 the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her the Graham T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.

    Shirley Wilcox, cg, fngs, served two terms as NGS president and has been board certified as a genealogist since 1973. As a native Californian, she has experience tracing her own lines from New England and the South across the country to Northern California in the 1850s–1870s. As a professional genealogist, she has compiled lineages for clients whose ancestors lived in many geographic regions. Shirley was president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (1991–1993), president of the Virginia Genealogical Society (2007–2011), served on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2000–2009), and currently serves as a member of the Board of Assistants of the Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia. Since 1996 she has been the verifying genealogist of the National Society Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia. In 1995 she received the Graham T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists.


    The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is a nonsmoking facility and is next door to the Family History Library. Each hotel 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 a guest’s convenience. A gift shop is in the lobby area. The hotel also has an on-site restaurant with a full-service menu. 

    Across from the hotel are Abravenel Hall (home of the Utah Symphony), a TRAX (Salt Lake’s light rail system), Temple Square Station, and the newly opened City Creek Center shopping mall. On the TRAX system, one can get to the 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?
    Extra nights are available based on the hotel’s availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at to add additional room nights to your trip. The price is $87 per night, including taxes.

    *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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