National Genealogical Society

Conferences & Events

NGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

24–31 January 2016

  • Space is limited to 45 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 18 March 2015
  • Registration Deadline: 15 November 2015  

    Join the NGS group leaders, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, Certified Genealogist Emeritus and Shirley Wilcox, cgsm, fngs, fvgs 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 around the world. Researchers will have access to numerous commercial computer databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding worldwide maps. 

    Learn more about

    Registration Fees Schedule Hotels
    Policies Featured Consultants FAQs

    Trip Details

    The trip includes:

    • Guidance from experienced research leaders
    • Online orientation to prepare for your trip to Salt Lake City
    • 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

    Registration Fees

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

    NGS understands that commitments can change your plans. To cancel a trip, please send a written notice (e-mail) to Courtney Holmes at If your cancellation request is received by 15 November 2015, a $125 non-refundable administrative fee will be deducted from your refund.

    After 15 November, because of contract obligations, a refund (minus the non-refundable administrative fee) is only available if a substitute participant is found. Refunds are not available for missed events or early departures.

    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.

    Featured Consultants

    Marie Varrelman Melchiori, a retired Certified Genealogist and Certified Genealogical Lecturer who specialized in records at the National Archives, Washington. She 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 is a board-certified genealogist dating from 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 non-smoking 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 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 $95 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.

  • Text Size Increase Text SizeDecrease Text Size

    Bookmark and Share

    Buy from

    If you buy books, gifts, or even larger merchandise like a vacuum cleaner from, NGS receives a small commission on your purchase if you use this link to go to the Amazon website. If you're buying something from Amazon anyway, why not help out NGS at the same time?