The 2020 Trip will be from 18 October to 25 October. We will post specific information early in the 2020 calendar year.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City

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.

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 Makes the StLGS Trip Unique?

Although other groups sponsor trips to Salt Lake City for research, ours provides:

  • Leaders who have more than thirty years of experience planning and directing this trip and know all the ins and outs of working in the library.
  • Hotel accommodations that are literally steps from the library and very reasonably priced.
  • Lower costs and more value for our land package than other groups offer.

But Isn’t Everything Online?

Absolutely NOT! Because of copyright restrictions, there are some books, microfilms, and digital files that can ONLY be viewed in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library. These items may never be online.

In addition, those people doing foreign research will discover translators and experienced researchers on site who can help you with unpuzzling records from countries all over the world.


Led by experienced genealogists, the week includes:

  • Aa 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
  • A special genealogy meeting Monday evening

StLGS members receive a discounted room rate for the week.

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.

What Else to do in Salt Lake City

When folks 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? 18 October 2020

The dates for the following year’s trip are announced at the end of the week in Salt Lake City. This page of the website is updated with the new information early each year and deposits are due in June. We are looking forward to having you with us this year!

For more information you can contact the group leaders at

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