Salt Lake City Research Trip

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have canceled the 2020 research trip to Salt Lake City. Keep reading, though, to learn more about our yearly trip and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Our research trip to Salt Lake City includes the following:

  • Preliminary meeting at the StLGS office, with the group leaders and other participants and instruction on the library’s website
  • Instruction on the library’s website at a free class in August and more about the website at the pre-trip meeting
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel adjacent to the Family History Library
  • Six full days of research at the world’s largest genealogy library
  • 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
  • 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.

When do we Leave? Our trip for 2021 will be 3–10 October.

The dates for the following year’s trip are announced at the end of the week in Salt Lake City, but, since we had to cancel the trip for 2020, we now have rescheduled dates for next year. This page of the website is updated early each year and deposits are due by the end of June. We are looking forward to having you with us in 2021!

For more information, you can contact the group leaders at

Last modified: 13-Aug-2020 12:58