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Family History Tours to Salt Lake City

Tuesday March 15, 2011
Salt Lake is home to the Family History Library, the largest genealogical database in the world. For more on researching Genealogy in Salt Lake, click here.

Have you been thinking about making the journey to Salt Lake City to research your family tree, but found the idea a bit daunting?  Where do you start?  What resources are available?  What if you get stuck and don’t know what to do next? 

Like many hobbies, genealogy is more fun when you collaborate with others who share your interest.  Thankfully there are folks who can show you the ropes and make your trip fulfilling and fun.  Here are some upcoming events and tours to Salt Lake City that focus on family history:

Family History Expos
Holly Hansen is a seasoned genealogist and I think it’s safe to say she knows just about every genealogy expert around! In addition to the very popular 2 day Family History Expos that she and her team put on, she also offers more intimate settings that offer one on one guidance and lots of camaraderie.

Migration Family History Expo 2011
April 09, 2011
Historic Masonic Temple
650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
This offers a power packed day where the experts will focus on migration and how it affected your ancestors.
Keynote Speakers: Susan Easton Black and Glenn Rawson 

April Family History Library Research Retreat 2011
April 10 - 15, 2011
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
This week long retreat offers classes at both the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel and at the Family History Library, as well as one on one research assistance from professional genealogists.  If you are looking for uninterrupted research time, this trip is for you! 

Military Family History Expo 2011
October 29, 2011
Historic Masonic Temple
650 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT  84102
If any of your ancestors were in the military, this is the event for you!  Military records are a rich source of family history information and well worth mining. 

October Family History Library Research Retreat 2011
October 30 - November 04, 2011
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Another full week of uninterrupted research time and assistance from top genealogists on your very own research challenges.

Ancestor Seekers
According to the website, Ancestor Seekers was established in 2004, and sponsors several week-long research trips to Salt Lake City each year.  Ancestor Seekers is a sister company of the England-based British Ancestors which was founded in 1999 by Keith and Carol Spillar.
Salt Lake City Research Trips with Ancestor Seekers: July 11 – 16, 2011 and Sept. 25 – 30, 2011

Billed as a “dream genealogy vacation” this trip provide an opportunity to spend a whole week at the world's largest genealogy library, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, with professional researchers on hand to provide help and advice and is ideal for both first time and previous visitors. Under their unique BRING A COMPANION option you can even bring someone along who has no interest in genealogy!  Hotel accommodations are provided at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square which is conveniently located right next to the Family History Library. 

Hooked on Genealogy Tours
P O Box 25-025
Auckland 1130 New Zealand
Phone: 64 9 521 1518
Fax: 64 9 521 1516

Based in New Zealand and headed up by renowned genealogist Jan Gow, Hooked on Genealogy Tours has been bringing family historians for several years.  Don’t let the outdated website fool you.  It’s representative of the tour Jan conducts every year.  Don’t live in Australia or New Zealand?  Click the links on the left side of the page that says “Do You Live in the USA?” For more information email HOGTours@ake.quik.co.nz

You can also hear from Jan Gow on the most recent episode of the Genealogy Gems Podcast.  You can subscribe for free to the podcast in iTunes.  Download iTunes for free here.

Read more from Lisa Lousie Cooke at http://www.genealogygemspodcast.com.