Family History Trip 2016-Updated!

Any questions about registering? Email Michael at

Join us for a week of genealogical research in the world's largest genealogical library in May of 2016--stay tuned for dates.  We are in the library from open to close--with an optional hour long presentation at 8 am. every morning. Otherwise there's no distractions, with time for research all day and time for questions when you have them. The library is not busy with hundreds of conference attendees using the facilities the same time as you.

Our group is informal, with the focus on helping you with your research as much (or as little) as you need. We have people who join us simply because they like to be a part of a group--which is fine. A few of us even take the California Zephyr from the Chicago (or points in between) to Salt Lake. If you've wanted to take the train but didn't want to arrive in Salt Lake late  or leave early by yourself--consider joining us as Michael takes the train too if you'd like that option. Complete registration is $175.

The complete registration price is $175--that's a bargain compared to other trips. This fee includes pre-trip planning assistance, morning presentations at 8:00 every day the library is open during our trip, onsite consultations, assistance in learning to use the equipment at the library if necessary, quick on the fly questions, and follow-up assistance as needed or requested. 

Travel arrangements are on your own as are all personal expenses. Most of us stay at the Salt Lake Plaza, but where you stay is up to you. The Plaza is next door to the library--very convenient. 

The official group activity starts at 6:30 pm the day before presentations start with a short meeting in the hotel for a quick orientation. Full daily activities start the next day, with group presentations following :

  • to be determined

Sunday the library is closed. We usually meet for an optional brunch in the hotel and I have consultations on Sunday with those who would like to discuss how their research is progressing. 

Travel arrangements are not included.  Our group size has traditionally been small and we plan on keeping it that way.

Michael's Train Schedule

I'm taking the California Zephyr from Galesburg, Illinois, to Salt Lake and back