Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Research Trip

Trip Dates: 27 January to 3 February 2019
Registration: Open; closes 27 December 2018

Explore the World’s Largest Genealogical Library

Family historians are invited to participate in an on-site orientation, consultations, and genealogical research with experienced BCG certified genealogists, at the world-renowned FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City.

The trip is planned for 27 January to 3 February 2019. Registration is limited to forty-five participants.

Registration closes on 27 December 2018.

The FamilySearch Library offers genealogists vast and rich resources of genealogical data on individuals from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.  The library includes

  • 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed genealogical records, 727, 000 microfiche;
  • 356,000 books, serials, and other formats;
  • more than 4,500 periodicals; and
  • 3,725 electronic resources.

The electronic records are accessible on numerous commercial computer databases in the library.

Trip leader Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, FVGS, an experienced BCG certified genealogist, will insure that your research trip is productive. An online orientation will help you prepare for the trip. The research leaders will introduce you to the library’s resources on your first full day in Salt Lake City. Throughout the six-day trip, they will also be on hand to assist you during your research.

Research 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 FamilySearch 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.

Member Nonmember
Single Room
Before 15 October $1,550 $1,750
October 16 and after $1,750 $1,950
Double/Shared Room
Before 15 October $1,200 $1,400
October 16 and after $1,400 $1,600
Person with non-researching companion1
Before 15 October $1,750 $1,950
October 16 and after $1,950 $2,150
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 FamilySearch Library
Tuesday – Saturday Research at FamilySearch 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 12:00 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 your trip, please send written notice (email) 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.


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 Consultant

Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG, FNGS, FVGS, has been a consultant for NGS research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City since 2000. From 1996 to 2000, she served as NGS president. 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. In 2001 Wilcox was elected an NGS fellow, and in 2014 a VGS fellow. She received APG’s Smallwood Award of Merit in 1995. 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 on-site 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.