2019 Family History Library Trip

Updated 23 September 2018.

We’ve had to slightly change our trip schedule in 2019 due to other commitments. We’re looking to try something new this year and are excited about the change. Memorial Day occurs while we are in Salt Lake. This means that the library is closed on the Monday we will be in Utah. We’ve contracted with the Plaza to reserve an instructional room for the entire day and will have our presentations on this day instead of daily morning presentations as in the past.

We’ll have short meetings every morning when the library is open, but these will be shorter than usual. Staying at the Plaza is not necessary, but our group rate starts with a check-in of 22 May and ends with a check-out on 29 May. Trip participants are not required to stay at the Plaza. To get the group rate ($93 a night-single or double occupancy–plus tax), 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.

Schedule:

  • arrive 22 May 2019 (Wednesday)–informal group meeting at 6:30 pm.
  • 23 May (Thursday)–research day in library–short (25-30 minutes) (optional) meeting in FHL when it opens–consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9.
  • 24 May (Friday)–research day in library–short (25-30 minutes) (optional) meeting in FHL when it opens–consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9.
  • 25 May (Saturday)–research day in library–short (25-30 minutes) (optional) meeting in FHL when it opens–consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 5.
  • 26 May (Sunday)library closed. Optional brunch and consultations with Michael in the afternoon
  • 27 May (Monday–Memorial Day)library closed. Day of four genealogy lectures in the Plaza hotel by Michael. Topics to be determined based upon group interest.
  • 28 May (Tuesday) –research day in library–short (25-30 minutes) (optional) meeting in FHL when it opens–consultations with Michael throughout the day. Library closes at 9.
  • 29 May (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.

Reserve your spot by making a $50 deposit--refundable if cancelled before 15 March 2019.

 

 

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45 thoughts on “2019 Family History Library Trip

    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      The total registration fee is $175. A money order is fine. I’ll email you the address later tonight. Thanks!

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  1. Ann Minter

    Mr. Neill, I’m wondering if Barbara Patch is actually asking about the cost of transportation, the hotel, etc. She may have missed your sentence: “Travel arrangements are on your own as are all personal expenses.”
    The travel will vary depending on what she uses and where she is coming from to reach Salt Lake City. I think this would be a bargain and hope to make arrangements to join your group.

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      That’s a good point. The travel arrangements will (obviously) vary depending how early they are made, where the person chooses to stay, whether they have a roommate, etc. I stay at the Plaza as it’s right next to the Library, but there are slightly cheaper options further from the Library. We’d love to have you join us!

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  2. Jan Gates

    I registered for the January 5th prep class but I did not register for the May trip. Can you just refund. I saw webinar and thought this would be awesome for me because I live so close I sometimes take what I should be doing for granted.

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      I can refund if you want me to, but it’s not necessary to go on the trip to attend the webinar.

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  3. geneva

    I understand each person is responsible for THEIR own accommodations/meals etc. BUT do you have a block of rooms reserved or anything available for the group or just if we want to go – we our on our own completely figuring out all the travel dynamics much like our own family vacations. Plus, if we go through Chicago we can travel with you, is that the deal ? I’ve never done this, just trying to figure the scheme of things. Thanks

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. We used to have a block of rooms at the Plaza hotel, but we no longer are able to do that.

      I take the train from Illinois (actually boarding in Galesburg, Illinois, as that’s closer to my home–it’s about 2 hours from Chicago). The train I take to Salt Lake City is the California Zephyr, which actually goes from Chicago, IL to California. Anyone interested in riding the train is welcome to take the same one that I do on the way out and on the way back, so that they aren’t arriving in Salt Lake or departing by themselves. The train arrives in Salt Lake City around 10:30 PM and departs for home at 3:30 AM.

      Taking the train is optional–it takes about 30 hours to get from Illinois to to Utah, so it’s not a short trip.

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      1. Margaret Corbridge Mejia

        Even though that trip is fairly long, after it leaves Denver, Colorado, it goes through some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery in the country! Well worth the time it takes.
        Good luck with your research!

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        1. michaeljohnneill Post author

          The Zephyr does not. It runs from Chicago to California going through Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Reno

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      2. Kathryn Watts

        Actually, when I made my reservation at the Plaza, they said they did have a block of rooms set aside for our group. Maybe so we’d all be in the same area of the hotel? I love staying at the Plaza when I go to Salt Lake, it is so convenient and they are so nice there.

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  4. Gail

    You do this every year? I can’t go this year, but would be interested next year. I love that you don’t plan daily social events and group meals. I have friends who live nearby whom I would plan to connect with.
    How small a group do you plan on?

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      We do it every year. The group is never bigger than 25. We will have a post about next year’s trip after we get back from this one.

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  5. Kathryn Watts

    I’m hoping to attend the May trip. If I send in my deposit by the end of November, do you think that would be early enough to make sure I can get in?

    My husband is much more comfortable when I’m with a group. I would be taking the Zephyr from the other direction from LA, which I have done several times. I love taking the train to Salt Lake, I work on finalizing my research plans on the way. I might even have enough points for one way!

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Kathryn,
      That should be early enough. We’d love to have you join us. If there are questions, don’t hesitate to email me (mjnrootdig@gamil.com).

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  6. Deborah Halbach

    Hi – this looks like a great opportunity!
    What exactly does the $175 cover? ?admission to the Library? Lectures? etc.
    Any social/meals?

    of course, I understand that transportation, lodging, personal expenses are on my own.

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      The trip fee covers assistance with pre-trip planning, daily presentations while at the library and personal consultations with me and research assistance while at the library. Trip registration is kept low enough so that each attendee has the opportunity for at least 3 thirty minute consultations at the library and additional shorter discussions and additional consultations as time allows. I also assist with using unindexed records and other materials as well. If there are additional questions, please let me know.

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  7. Deborah Halbach

    Are there International Resources at the Library in Salt Lake (ie: Canada, Europe (including UK, Hungary/Germany)

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    1. Kathryn Watts

      I can answer that one for you. YES! I’ve personally searched German and UK records while in Salt Lake. There is one complete floor devoted to Eoropean records and one for UK. I can’t remember if Canada is with UK OR with the US. I’ll try to remember to look tomorrow on how the countries are broken down. It’s funny, there isn’t any real reason why I really HAVE to go to Salt Lake, I have so much to finish up on my genealogy at home, but there is just something about going to Salt Lake, I just love to go.

      If you know the city you are looking for, you can go into the Family Search card catalog and look up the city to see what records are available. What is really nice is instead of printing copies of the records while you are in Salt Lake, you can bring a thumb drive (I brought a external hard drive, it was easier to keep track of and I also had a copy of my Legacy Family Tree).

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    2. michaeljohnneill Post author

      The Library has significant resources for Canada, the UK, and Germany–as I’ve used those personally in my own research. Hungary I can’t speak to personally, but searching the catalog would tell you what they have for specific villages of interest.

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  8. Deb Meyer

    Michael,
    Thanks so much for publishing the dates for the 2017 trip so early! I have not been able to attend the last 2 years but am looking forward to coming up next May!
    I usually fly, but if you get anyone from the Phoenix area who might want to carpool, it might be worth it this year. Let me know.

    Deb Meyer
    Arizona

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Deb–We’d love to have you join us in 2017. We’ve already got three registrants as I write this–all are from Texas!

      I’ll let you know if we get anyone from the Phoenix area…but you should probably ask me as we get closer to the trip date.

      Michael

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  9. Judy glock

    I have never been to salt lake although I have been researching my family for many years.
    I am particularly interested in Poland Hungary and the Ukraine. They are all Jewish folks, which is a bit different as far as finding records. Have some info on cities of origin.
    Would this be an appropriate trip for me?
    Thanks, judy. Arizona

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Judy-

      It would really depend upon what records they have for the localities in which you have an interest. I would suggest you search their catalog at:
      https://familysearch.org/catalog/search

      If you have difficulties with the search, how to search effectively, etc. please post a response here.

      I do like for people to have an idea of what records are available before they go and the card catalog is the way to find that out.

      Michael

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  10. Kathryn Watts

    I just sent in my deposit. I’m really exited about the upcoming trip! Anyone else coming by train from CA? I was trying to get to Salt Lake once a year, but it will have been nearly 3 years by the time we go in May. I also feel that I will be better prepared this time, than I have been for any other time (I’m retired now, so I actually have time to work on genealogy!).

    Kathy

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  11. Kathryn Watts

    Now I am so ready to go! Paid the remainder of my registration, made my hotel reservation, and bought my train ticket. This will be my first research trip since retiring, so I’ll have the time to really be ready for this trip. I never felt I was quite as ready as I could have been for prior trips. I can’t wait!

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      We are glad to have you joining us—I did email you a few days ago, please let me know if you have any questions.

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  12. Kathryn Watts

    Do you still offer the Family History Library Trip Preparation Webinar? I would be interested in this webinar if it was offered.

    Thanks.
    Kathy

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  13. Deb Meyer

    I booked my hotel room at the Plaza. They still had one room of the reserved block open, two queen beds. I will end up flying because I ‘ll be diverting to CA for a graduation before returning to Phoenix on the return. Originally I had thought of carpooling up from Phoenix.
    Can’t wait!

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      I’m looking forward to it as well. This is the first year that I won’t be taking the train.

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  14. Kathryn Watts

    I’d like to register my husband Bill Watts, for the Salt Lake trip. He’s decided to come with. He’s not exactly a genealogist, but he has helped me research in Salt Lake in the past on my lines. My daughter is sending her research plans with him this time (his side of her genealogy). He may have some what next questions on her behalf on one of brickwalls. Is there a link where I can pay for the his entire registration amount?

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      Kathryn,
      Thanks for your note. The page just got updated and I sent you a private message with the link as well.

      Thanks.

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  15. Deb Meyer

    I am a SmartPhone newbie and am interested in any apps that might be useful during the FHL trip. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      I make most digital images with my phone–especially of books and print materials. I have Google Drive on my phone so that I can sync the images to the cloud and my desktop machine.

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  16. Kristin

    I was wondering if you could join the group later. I am in school until June 1st, but would love to get to SLC to research with someone that knows the best way to do so in the FHL. Is this possible? Thanks!

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  17. B Davis

    I’ve paid the deposit and hope to be registered in your group at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City taking place from May 30 to June 6, 2018. I’ve been doing family research since a Junior in High School, too many years ago to count. With my family surname lines coming into the United States before the Revolutionary War, I really am curious as to the countries of origin and why my ancestors left their ancestral homes.

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  18. barbara james

    I FIGURED FOR FLIGHT REGISTRATION AND ROOM FOR ME ITS GOING TO RUN AROUND 5,000.00 , ITS AN AWESOME OFFER BUT WOW TAKE ME 5 MONTHS OF SOCIAL SECURITY TO PAY FOR THAT ALONE , BUT THAT AS THEY SAY IS THE ROLL OF THE BALL , A DREM STOPPED BY $$$$$$$$$$$$$, BUT ALL PLEASE DO HAVE FUN IT SOUNDS LIKE A GENEOLOGIST DREAM COME TRUE, THANK YOU FOR THE OFFER TO KEEP FAMILIES GOING.

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    1. michaeljohnneill Post author

      I’m not certain where you got your pricing information on travel expenses, but I’ve stayed in Salt Lake for ten days at a time on a regular basis and never spent half that amount. I even asked some of my genealogy friends the same question and even figuring in overseas travel, the $5000 figure is still twice what they spend for a week in Salt Lake.

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