September 2024 Salt Lake City Research Trip

Monday, 9 September 2024 to Saturday, 14 September 2024

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The Dream Genealogy Vacation

Does a week at the world’s largest genealogy library sound like the DREAM GENEALOGY VACATION to you?

Are you struggling to do research on your own or have a brick wall you are trying to break down? Could you use some help?

Are the records you need not on the Internet or unavailable locally?

The event commences Monday evening at 4.30 pm with an Opening Dinner and Event Introduction at the Plaza Hotel and concludes on Saturday at 5.00 pm. Your hotel stay includes Saturday night, checking out on Sunday

What Do I Get For My Money?


Six nights accommodations at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square (Monday night through Saturday night, checking out Sunday morning).

Help and advice from professional genealogists provided at regular intervals at the Family History Library from 9.00am to 12 noon and 2.00pm to 5.00pm Tuesday - Saturday. (Not available Thursday morning)

FamilySearch Library Orientation, Research and Methodology class (optional), DNA class (optional), Irish Research class (optional)

Optional Group Activities as described below

Not Included

Air fare (or other travel costs)

Meals (other than the opening dinner and the Friday evening dinner/social)

All other personal expenses

Optional Group Activities

The following optional evening group activities are included in the registration price with nothing extra to pay:


We will be holding an Opening Dinner and Event Introduction at the hotel on Monday at 4:30 pm. We will also be holding a Friday evening Dinner/Social at 6:30 pm.


Although these are not always held we hope to attend a rehearsal of the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square


We are also planning a tour of the Conference Center, the main arrival center for guests visiting Temple Square. This 1.4 million square foot, multi-level building features terrace views of the Salt Lake temple, a roof-top garden and a breath-taking 21,000 seat auditorium, one of the largest of its kind in the world

Please note that if it is necessary to cancel any of the above activities we will do our best to provide alternatives

Payment and Cancellation


Attendance is by pre-registration only. Full payment is requested upon registration.


We accept payment by PayPal, credit card or debit card


In the event of cancellation you may either:

 (1) Transfer to a future event that is currently open for registration

 (2) Request to be placed on our Transfer List which will give you a full credit for attendance at any future event and will protect you from any future increases in the registration fee

 (3) Request a refund of 90% of the registration fee up to 30 days prior to the event.  Within 30 days of the event you may request a refund of 80% of the registration fee


No shows will forfeit all fees paid. No refunds will be made in the event of late arrival or early departure.

Registration Options

Single Registration

Register under this option if (1) you are coming to this event on your own or (2) you are attending with someone else but require your own room. You will have your own room – not shared.

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Double Registration

If you will be attending with someone else and sharing a room, this is the option for you.

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Total registration price is $2990 (NOT $2990 per person)

Bring a Non-researching Companion

This is a great option if you wish to attend and share a room with someone else who will not be doing research at the Library but wish to spend their time in Salt Lake City doing other things. Your companion is welcome to attend all evening group activities including the Opening Dinner.

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Total registration price is $2050 (NOT $2050 per person)

The FamilySearch Library

You will spend a week at the FamilySearch Library (previously known as the Family History Library) in Salt Lake City, the largest library of its kind in the world, offering a staggering collection of genealogical records from all over the world on five floors.

  • The names of 8 billion deceased people from more than 160 countries.
  • 2.4 million rolls of microfilm
  • more than 600,000 books
  • over 128,000 periodicals
  • Free access to several subscription websites available on over 550 computers
  • Other resources not available on the Internet, including images of historical record collections not available at home

Current opening hours

  • Monday, Friday and Saturday: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm

Get Help

In addition to help available from Library volunteers and staff, you will have exclusive access to Ancestor Seekers Research Consultants at regular intervals from 9.00 am to 12 noon and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday (they will not be available on Thursday morning).

Attendance is generally around fifty, and we aim to provide one consultant for approximately every six guests.

They will help you find the records you need to do your research and provide their expertise in interpreting and analyzing the information you have found.

Our consultants will offer specialized help as you search records from:


Although the Library holds a vast collection of records from all over the world, this trip will be of most benefit to those who are researching at least one of these four countries.

The Hotel

Located next door to the Library, the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square is the ideal location for those coming to Salt Lake City to do genealogy.

Six nights at the hotel (Monday night through Saturday night, checking out on Sunday morning) is included in the price and is arranged by Ancestor Seekers. Details of how to stay additional nights at our special group rate will be provided after you have registered.

Each room includes free wireless hi-speed Internet.

The hotel does not currently operate a restaurant. The following alternatives are being provided.

  • The hotel will be running a shuttle to Harmons grocery store on Tuesday and Wednesday (each room includes a refrigerator and microwave). Harmons also provide a delivery service
  • A food store has opened in the lobby offering grab and go microwaveable meals, snacks, ice cream bars and a variety of drinks. It is planned to also provide grab and go breakfast sandwiches
  • The hotel will also be providing a list of restaurants that will deliver via Doordash and Uber Eats
  • The Salt Lake Guide (provided in our Welcome pack) includes a listing of restaurants and other places to eat nearby

The Plaza hotel does not currently run an airport shuttle.

The hotel provides a limited number of disability accessible rooms

Health and Safety


We want you to be well during your visit. If you have recently had surgery or are under a doctor's care, please seek approval from your doctor before making this trip.