National Genealogical Society

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NGS Research Trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

27 January - 3 February 2019 Register Today

  • Space is limited to 45 participants. 
  • Registration Opens: 15 March 2018
  • Early bird registration closes: 15 October 2018
  • Registration Deadline: 27 November 2018

Join NGS's 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. 

We have 1 leader for fifteen registered researchers on the trip.The research consultants are Patricia Walls Stamm, cg®, cgl, and Shirley Wilcox, cg®, 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;
  • Wednesday evening pizza party;
  • Saturday evening dinner;
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities for all planned events

Registration Fees

NGS does not offer a minus hotel "research only" option.

Single Room
Before 15 October
October 16 and after
Double/Shared Room
Before 15 October
October 16 and after
Person with non-researching companion1
Before October 15
October 16 and after



1Non-researching companion 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
Tuesday - Saturday
Research at Family History Library
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.
Pizza party at hotel
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Closing dinner
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
Checkout of hotel before 12:00pm


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 [email protected].

  • If your cancellation request is received by 27 November 2018 (60 days prior to the trip), a $175 nonrefundable administrative fee is deducted from your refund.
  • After 27 November 2018, 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.
  • NGS recommends that you consider travel insurance to protect against monetary loss. check with your personal insurance agent or online for different types of travel insurance policies.


    Both the library and the hotel are handicapped accessible. 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

    Patricia Walls Stamm, cg®, cgl, serves as the Education Manager of the National Genealogical Society. Pat lectures on a wide variety of topics at many National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences. She is a graduate of the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR) and the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR). Pat is a course coordinator at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and teaches at St. Louis Community College.

    Shirley Langdon Wilcox, cg®, fngs, fvgs, served as NGS president from 1996 to 2000. She was formerly president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Fairfax Genealogical Society, the Prince George's County Genealogical Society, and the Virginia Genealogical Society. She was elected an NGS fellow in 2001, and a VGS fellow in 2014. In 1995 she received APG's Smallwood Award of Merit. In 2011, she became the first recipient of the NGS Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism. A board-certified genealogist since 1973, she is currently a member of the DAR and serves on the board of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia.


    The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel is next door to the Family History Library. It is a nonsmoking facility.

    Each hotel room has a coffee maker, hair dryer, refrigerator, microwave oven, in-room safe, and free high-speed Internet access. The hotel has an exercise room, Jacuzzi, and a laundry room for guests' convenience. There is a gift shop in the lobby area and 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 City Creek Center shopping mall. The TRAX system goes to Energy Solution Arena and 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 $100 per night. Please make these plans as soon as possible prior to the trip date. Hotel rooms for non-trip dates are based on the hotel's availability. Contact Courtney Holmes at [email protected] 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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