Research Trips

Research Trips – Suspended at this time due to Covid restrictions


  • The thrill of holding in your hands your ancestor’s Civil War pension file or manumission papers
  • The excitement at seeing the original plat map of your family’s holdings in the early nineteenth century
  • The shear fun of reading about an ancestor’s run in with the law from a small-town newspaper published in 1783

NGS can help you to turn your dreams into reality with our acclaimed research trips.

By joining us on a research trip to one of the country’s renowned genealogical research facilities, you will have the opportunity to explore manuscripts, examine one of a kind records, and review collections not available online. Often these new-found records are the key to breaking through a brick wall or extending your research in new ways.

NGS will help you to become familiar with the repository and the geographic area through an online orientation before the trip and an on-site facility orientation. Research consultants will assist you in planning a personalized research strategy to get the most out of your time at the repository.

NGS will take care of the details. You will spend five days focusing on your research.


NGS is pleased to share a few testimonials from participants of its research trips.

As always, NGS research trips are great! My independent trips lack the expertise of leaders and staff.  I do not always know what questions to ask. [NGS] trips provide the expertise.” —Selma Blackmon of Georgia

Genealogists who want to get the most from their research efforts should consider signing up for one of the NGS research trips. The internet doesn’t have everything, and there are some wonderful research libraries well worth visiting.” —Pam Stone Eagleson, CG of Maine

Research Trips

Each year the National Genealogical Society sponsors research trips to two or three noteworthy genealogical research destinations:

Washington, D.C. | 27 October – 1 November 2019 SOLD OUT

The site of three of our nation’s most prestigious research centers: the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library.

If registration for the Washington, D.C., trip is full, you can still sign up to be wait-listed, contact Courtney Holmes at [email protected].

NOTE: We regret 2020 and 2021 Research Trips are indefinitely on hold until COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted and archives and libraries are free to schedule group events again.

Salt Lake City, Utah | 27 January – 3 February 2019

Home to the world-renowned Family History Library with its numerous commercial computer databases and FamilySearch digitized genealogical records, plus more than two million rolls of microfilm, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding worldwide maps.

Experienced, BCG certified genealogists, introduce participants to the repositories and the records they hold. They also mentor the attendees as they pursue their individual research during the entire trip.

All of the trips include:

  • Online orientation to help prepare prior to the trip
  • Hotel accommodations during the trip (extra nights available, please see particular trip details for additional costs)
  • Various complementary services at the hotel (see individual trip for particular details)
  • Meet and greet session with other researchers on the day of arrival
  • Research facility orientation
  • Research consultations with group leaders
  • Fees, taxes, and gratuities (unless otherwise stated)