I’m looking forward to my annual group trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake in May/June 2020.

Trip includes:

  • assistance with pre-trip planning via a group email list–place to ask questions, get help before we leave, etc. 
  • on-site consultations with Michael–multiple ones if necessary–I’m usually available for onsite consultations at least six/seven hours every day the library is open
  • morning presentations–topics decided based on participant interest

Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging, meals, etc. This is not a “part of the herd” trip where everyone does everything together every day. We have a short presentation every morning when the library opens at 8 (and occasionally some people choose not to attend one or so of these if there’s a “burning research” issue they just can’t wait to get at). Participants can have multiple research consultations during the trip–our limitation is trying to make certain that everyone gets ample opportunity to ask questions. Our trip atmosphere is laid back.

Staying at the Salt Lake City Plaza is not necessary, but our group rate starts with a check-in of 27 May and ends with a check-out on 3 June. Trip participants are not required to stay at the Plaza–but it is next door to the Family History Library. To get the group rate (we are still confirming the rate, but it should be close to our usual low rate), booking by phone is necessary.

Our group is kept small to ensure everyone gets the assistance they want and need. We don’t have a full day of “scheduled group social activities” because I simply am not a big fan of them (other than optional group meals most nights).  People with a variety of research skill levels join us on our trip–some because they want some guidance their first time at the library, some want some help with their research, and others want the structure of being part of a group.

Participants are encouraged to communicate their problems with me as much before the trip as possible.

Schedule:

  • arrive 27 May 2020 (Wednesday)–informal group meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • 28 May (Thursday)–Library opens at 8 am. Morning lecture 8 am.-9 am. Consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9 pm.
  • 29 May (Friday)–Library opens at 8 am. Morning lecture 8 am.-9 am. Consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9 pm.
  • 30 May (Saturday)–Library opens at 8 am. Morning lecture 8 am.-9 am. Consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9 pm.
  • 31 May (Sunday)library open 1-5–no morning presentation. Optional brunch and consultations with Michael in the afternoon.
  • 1 June (Monday). Library opens at 8 am. Morning lecture 8 am.-9 am. Consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9 pm.
  • 2 June (Tuesday) –Library opens at 8 am. Morning lecture 8 am.-9 am. Consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9 pm.
  • 3 June (Wednesday)–check out of Plaza for those staying there at group rate. Last-day consultations with Michael for those desiring to have one.

Your registration includes trip presentations, consultations during trip, and assistance with pre-trip planning. Travel expenses, food, copies, and other expenses are not included. Total trip registration is $175 is due by 1 April 2020. Deposit refunds if cancellation is necessary before 1 March 2020. No deposit refunds after 1 March 2020.

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