Salt Lake City Research Trip: 3–10 October 2021

After more than a year, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has reopened to researchers, and we will be able to take our yearly research trip in 2021!

Registration is now open for our 27th annual trip: 3–10 October 2021

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Due to the uncertainty surrounding the lingering effects of the pandemic, our research trip to Salt Lake City this year may be a bit different than usual. If you think you might like to go, note that all participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The 2021 trip consists of the following (with some changes, as indicated, to the usual itinerary):

  • Our preliminary meeting with the group leaders and other participants will be held via Zoom in mid-August so that all of the group members can take part no matter where they are. During that meeting, all participants will receive:
    • Instructions on using the library’s website and online catalog
    • Updated information about changes in the library and our schedule
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Family History Library. At this time, the hotel is just bouncing back from a difficult year. They have informed us that:
    • Housekeeping currently is limited due to staff shortages. Rooms are clean on arrival, but during the week, they are cleaned by request only, although this may change by October.
    • Shuttle service is currently cancelled, but the hotel is working on resuming that soon. That means that those who enjoyed using the shuttle to travel to restaurants, the grocery store, etc., probably won’t have that ability.
    • JB’s, the restaurant adjacent to the hotel, is permanently closed. There is some talk of opening a “Grab and Go” type area in a room just to the right of the hotel lobby, but there will be no meals served on site. Restaurants in the area and Harmon’s grocery store are open, however. (All hotel rooms do have coffee makers, microwave ovens, and small refrigerators.)
  • At this time, the library is open only from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. That may change by the time we get there, but we will have a plan in place for Saturday, 9 October, if the library is still closed.
  • We will still offer all researchers:
    • Monday orientation tour of the library and surrounding area
    • Individual consultations with the group leaders and experts at the library throughout the week
    • Transfers and baggage handling between airport and hotel, even if the traditional shuttle is not running
    • Sunday evening group meal and genealogy roundtable on Monday evening

Airfare is NOT included. Feel free to contact society member, Nancy Mettes, a professional travel agent with Travel Leaders, if you need assistance with booking your flights. You can reach Nancy at at 314-995-9420 or 800-999-6101.
Also NOT included are

  • Meals
  • Incidental hotel costs, such as telephone charges, restaurant charges, room service, and any extra days are the responsibility of the individual and must be settled with the hotel prior to checkout.

If you are beginning your genealogy research, please contact the group leaders about whether you should consider the trip at this time. Their email is at the bottom of this page.

Family History Library

Each year in the fall, the St. Louis Genealogical Society sponsors a research trip to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. The FHL is the largest genealogical research facility in the world, and our group spends a week enjoying all it has to offer.


Led by experienced genealogists, the week includes a pre-trip meeting about six to eight weeks before the actual trip, an electronic mailing list for participants so they can receive current information, seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Family History Library, six full days of research at the library, an orientation tour of the library and the downtown area, individual research consultations with the group leaders throughout the trip, transfers and baggage handling between the airport and the hotel in Salt Lake City, a welcome evening group meal at the hotel, and a special genealogy meeting Monday evening. StLGS members receive a discounted room rate for the week. (Extra nights at the group rate can be pre-arranged; be sure to let the group leaders know if you want to extend your trip.)

Genealogical Research

The Family History Library is the world’s largest genealogical research facility. The library is a five-story building in downtown Salt Lake City across the street from Temple Square. Within its walls is a collection of millions of rolls of microfilm, thousands of books, hundreds of computers, and scores of LDS volunteer assistants. During our research week you will work on your own at the FHL, with the assistance of the StLGS tour leaders whenever you request help. For further information on the FHL you may visit the FHL website at

What Else to do in Salt Lake City

When you need a break from researching, there is always so much to do in Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz basketball team plays at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, an easy two block walk (or a free one-station ride on the Utah TRAX). There are concerts across the street at Abravenel Symphony Hall, nearby shopping centers to browse, and, of course, the lovely buildings in Temple Square to view. Day and evening tours are available of nearby Park City. The Utah State Capitol is a short distance away or there are sightseeing tours which include the surrounding area.

For more information, you can contact the group leaders at

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