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Genealogy at the World-Famous Family History Library

Program Number: 7031RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/25/2014; 10/26/2014 - 11/1/2014; 3/8/2015 - 3/14/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/21/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/17/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/24/2015; 10/25/2015 - 10/31/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Price starting at: $1,335.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Unlock the clues to your ancestors’ fascinating past at the renowned and world's largest genealogy research library — the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Take a beginning course and learn how to organize genealogical materials and compose a personal history. Use the new Family Search Website to organize home and family sources. Participate in the intermediate course and become a historian and utilize the Family History Library Catalog to study land records and population movement, court records and military indexes.




Highlights

• Learn about your family’s history in the world’s largest genealogical library, with more than 2 million rolls of microfilm.
• Absorb the rich details of your ancestry through private consultations with a professional researcher in all courses.
• Listen to an angelic evening rehearsal by the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.



Activity Particulars

Salt Lake City altitude is 4,500 feet.




Date Specific Information

10-19-2014, 3-8-2015, 10-11-2015

For the beginning-level family history researcher.



10-26-2014, 3-15-2015, 10-18-2015

For family history researchers with some experience.



10-25-2015

For advanced family history researchers




Salt Lake City

From a distance, rugged Rocky Mountain peaks appear to be part of Salt Lake City’s skyline, offering a visual reminder of the city’s unique position as urban oasis and outdoor gateway, where culture, Old West history and natural wonders meet.



Accommodations
Comfortable accommodations next to library.
Meals and Lodgings
   Plaza Hotel
  Salt Lake City, Utah 6 nights
 Plaza Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Next to Historic Mormon Temple Square.
  Contact info: 122 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA
phone: 801-521-0130
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Wireless High Speed Internet (no charge, checkout wireless kit at front desk), Phone, Alarm Clock, In-room safe, Coffee maker, hair dryer, Ironing Board/Iron,
  Facility amenities: Breakfast included at attached JB's Restaurant, Lunch at nearby Church Office Building Cafeteria, Dinner catered by Chef. Fitness center (8 AM - 10 PM) next to pool (outdoor pool open summer only), Guest laundry, Indoor Hot Tub (9 AM - 2 AM)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: starting at $75 Ask for Rich Williams or Jeana, his assistant. Regular registration employees won't be able to give you this price.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: starting at $75 Ask for Rich Williams or Jeana, his assistant. Regular registration employees won't be able to give you this price.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in at 3 PM. 5:45 - 6:00 PM Road Scholar Registration on main floor, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Dinner You will be staying at Plaza Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 11:00AM. You will be staying at Plaza Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Nielsen Adventures, LLC Liability/Risk Waiver Form & Genealogy Questionnaire Form. Nielsen Adventures, LLC is required by its insurance carrier to obtain signed liability release waivers. Participants will be required to sign Nielsen Adventures, LLC liability release waiver to participate in the program's activity. That waiver will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement. Participants will be required to fill out & sign the Genealogy Questionnaire Form in order for Genealogist expert to know what the participants are having problem(s) with their Family History Research and can fix whatever that may be. That form will be included in the preparatory material participants will receive after enrolling in the program and must be returned prior to the program's commencement.
  Parking availability:
Parking is $7-$10 per night payable at the front desk - credit card or cash.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah
  Nearest highway: Crossroads of I-15 and I-80
  Nearest airport:  Salt Lake City International
  From End of Program
  Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel Shuttle
phone: 800-366-3684

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10-15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Hotel offers free shuttle to and from Salt Lake International Airport. Upon arrival and after retrieving luggage, call the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at 800-366-3684 for their van to come get you. The Plaza hotel is only 10-15 minutes from airport. If you are flying Delta, your pick-up location is door #10. All other airlines is door #6. The first hotel shuttle (free shuttle) leaves for the airport at 6:30 AM and every 30 minutes thereafter. Paid taxi service will be required prior to 6:30 AM.

 
Driving Directions
  SALT LAKE PLAZA HOTEL FROM THE EAST on I-80 Westbound, get onto I-15 North. Take exit 306 (600 South exit). Travel east (toward mountains) until you come to West Temple Street. Turn left. Travel five blocks to South Temple Street. You will see the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel to your left on the corner of 122 West South Temple. FROM THE WEST on I-80 Eastbound take exit 121 for 600 south. Travel 0.5 miles and merge onto West 600 South. Travel east (toward mountains) until you come to West Temple Street. Turn left. Travel five blocks to South Temple Street. You will see the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel to your left on the corner of 122 West South Temple. FROM THE NORTH on I-15 Southbound take exit 309 onto 600 North. Travel east 2 blocks and turn right onto 300 south. Travel south 6 blocks then turn left onto North Temple. Travel 2 blocks east and turn right onto West Temple. Travel 1 block and turn right onto South Temple and you will immediately see the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel on your right at 122 West South Temple. FROM THE SOUTH on I-15 Northbound. Take exit 306 (600 South exit). Travel east (toward mountains) until you come to West Temple Street. Turn left. Travel five blocks to South Temple Street. You will see the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel to your left on the corner of 122 West South Temple.
Elevation Note: Salt Lake City altitude is 4,500 feet. Altitude awareness brochure is included in program.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation, Introductions
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Afternoon: After arriving at the Plaza Hotel, check into your hotel rooms, (if rooms are not available at check-in, 3:00 PM, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery until the room is ready
 Dinner: 5:45 PM, In the Hotel Conference Room, Road Scholar Registration and pick up information packet and meet the Coordinator(s) and enjoy dinner around 6:00 PM.
 Evening: After dinner, in the Hotel Conference Room, Welcome to Salt Lake City, Introductions and Family History Research and Overview of the week.
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: An inspiring class discussion on Genealogy. Hands-on research experience with an expert Genealogist. VIP Tour of Conference Center.
(Monday, October 20)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change without notice.



   
 Breakfast: The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Breakfast Anytime 6:00 - 8:00.
 Morning: 8:15 – 9:15 AM Class: "Getting the Most Out of Your Research in the Library: Research Guides, Reference Tools, Advice for Saving Time, Increasing Chances of Successful Research” (Hotel Conference Room) 9:30 – 10:30 Introduction and Tour of Library 10:30 – 11:30 Research at Family History Library and Begin Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff.
 Lunch: 12:00-12:45 PM Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:45 PM Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff 4:00 – 5:00 Class: "Overlooked or Unknown Information on US Censuses" (Hotel Conference Room).
 Dinner: 5:15 - 6:00 PM Enjoy an exquisite dinner
 Evening: 6:15 PM– Meet in Hotel Lobby 6:30 – 8:00 PM VIP Tour of Conference Center. (Library not open Monday Evenings)
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: An inspiring class discussion on Genealogy. Hands-on research experience with an expert Genealogist. Free Evening. Optional, Family History Library or Tour and explore Salt Lake City.
(Tuesday, October 21)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change without notice.



   
 Breakfast: The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Breakfast Anytime 6:00 - 8:00.
 Morning: 8:15 – 9:15 AM Class: "Obscure or Little Used Sources" (Hotel Conference Room) 9:30 – 11:30 Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff.
 Lunch: 12:00-12:45 PM Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:45 PM Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff 4:00 – 5:00 Class "Wiki, Research Guides and Resources" An Introduction to and Instructions on Using the Wiki in your Research" (Hotel Conference Room).
 Dinner: 5:15 - 6:00 Enjoy an exquisite dinner
 Evening: 6:30 – 9:00 PM Enjoy a free evening on your own to explore in and around downtown Salt Lake City, or continue to do more research in the Family History Library.
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: An inspiring class discussion on Genealogy. Hands on research experience with an expert Genealogist. Free Evening, Optional Individual Research at Family History Library or Tour and explore Salt Lake City.
(Wednesday, October 22)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change without notice.



   
 Breakfast: The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Breakfast Anytime 6:00 - 8:00.
 Morning: 8:15 – 9:15 AM Class: "The Importance of Evaluation and Documentation, Determining and Adding Value" (Hotel Conference Room) 9:30 – 11:30 Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff.
 Lunch: 12:00-12:45 PM Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:45 PM Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff 4:00 – 5:00 Class "Show and Tell, a Discussion About What Successes and or Problems from the Three Days in the Library" (Hotel Conference Room).
 Dinner: 5:15 - 6:00 Enjoy an exquisite dinner
 Evening: 6:30 – 9:00 PM Enjoy a free evening on your own to explore in and around downtown Salt Lake City, or continue to do more research in the Family History Library.
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: An inspiring class discussion on Genealogy. Hands-on research experience with an expert Genealogist. Experience an unforgettable evening with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square.
(Thursday, October 23)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change without notice.



   
 Breakfast: The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Breakfast Anytime 6:00 - 8:00.
 Morning: 8:15 – 9:15 AM Class: "Your Ancestors Lived, Telling the Stories of your Ancestors" (Hotel Conference Room) 9:30 – 11:30 Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff.
 Lunch: 12:00-12:45 PM Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 – 3:45 PM Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff 4:00 – 5:00 Class "Just for Fun, Real People, Real Places" (Hotel Conference Room).
 Dinner: 5:15 - 6:00 Enjoy an exquisite dinner
 Evening: 7:15 Meet in the Hotel Lobby and around 7:30 – 9:00 experience an unforgettable evening with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square, as they rehearse and prepare for Sunday morning's live broadcast televised throughout the world and carried on the CBS Radio Network.
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Review and Wrap-up and Hands-on research experience with an expert Genealogist. Enjoy a finale Dinner at "The Lion House," one of Brigham Young's home.
(Friday, October 24)

Note: Wear layers. Weather conditions are subject to change without notice.



   
 Breakfast: The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Breakfast Anytime 6:00 - 8:00.
 Morning: 8:15 – 9:15 AM Class: “Course Wrap-Up” and Receive passport stickers for your Road Scholar passport book, in order for you to keep track of how many programs you have attend. (Hotel Conference Room). 9:30 – 11:30 Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff.
 Lunch: 12:00-12:45 PM Enjoy Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 – 5:00 PM Research at Family History Library and Individual Consultations with Instructors and Library Staff. 5:45 Meet In Lobby for Dinner.
 Dinner: 6:00-7:30 PM Enjoy a fabulous dinner evening finale in Brigham Young's Historic Home called "The Lion House," which was built in 1856, in order to accommodate his large family.
 Evening: At the "The Lion House," relax and socialize among friends and reminisce the wonderful week you created.
   
Accommodations: Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: 6:00-10:00 AM, The Plaza Hotel's JB's Family Restaurant, offers a delightful full breakfast buffet for a dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere. Check out of rooms by 11:00 AM. Individual departures.
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Restaurant, offers a delightful dining experience in a traditional family atmosphere, not only for lunch and dinner, also, offers full breakfast buffet. Program ends after Breakfast Saturday.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


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