Family History Library Travel Tips

By Paula Stuart Warren and James W. Warren Premium

Going with a group

Nervous about planning a trip to the Family History Library all by yourself? Consider going with a group. The benefits of a group trip include camaraderie, pre-trip assistance, classes, group travel and hotel rates and group library orientation. Many genealogical societies and individuals lead group research trips. Some offer pre-trip information, one-on-one library assistance from group leaders and other consultants, on-site classes and group get-togethers. Others are less structured, with a designated leader who’s also doing personal research. Your local genealogical society may sponsor such trips, but provide no research assistance. Inquire about services so you find a group that fits your needs.

Here are some group travel options to get you started:

• HERITAGE PATHWAYS, BOX 13485, Fort Wayne, IN 46869, (877) 201-9110

• JEWISH GENEALOGY TRIP TO SALT LAKE CITY, Box 99, Bergenfield, NJ 07621, (800) 286-8296

• NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY <> 4527 17th St. N., Arlington, VA 22207, (800) 473-0060, ext. 331

• NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY <> 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, (888) 286-3447

Additional group trips: St. Louis Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogical Society, Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Dallas Genealogical Society, Heritage Quest, Elderhostel and others. Contact information for many societies is listed at the Federation of Genealogical Society’s Hall <>.

Find it on the web

Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau <>, 90 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (800) 534-4973

Insiders’ Guide to Salt Lake City <>

Salt Lake City CitySearch <>

Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce <>, 175 E. 400 South, 6th Floor, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, (801) 364-3631



Nearby hotels

Best Western Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 W. South Temple, (800) 366-3684

Carlton Hotel, 140 E. South Temple, (800) 633-3500

Crystal Inn, 230 W. 500 South, (800) 366-4466

Howard Johnson Express Inn, 121 N. 300 West, (800) 541-7639

Inn at Temple Square, 71 W. South Temple, (800) 843-4668

Travelodge, 144 W. North Temple, (801) 533-8200

Wyndham Hotel, 215 W. South Temple, (800) 553-0075

You’ll find many other hotels and motels within two miles of the Family History Library; most chains are represented. Other options include long-term rentals, bed and breakfasts, suite hotels and campgrounds.

Nearby restaurants

Carriage Court Restaurant, 71 W. South Temple, (801) 536-7200

City Creek Bar and Grill, 215 W. South Temple (801) 521-7800

Dee’s, 143 W. North Temple, (801) 359-4414

The Park Food Court in Crossroads Plaza Mall, 50 South Main St., (801) 531-1799

Food Court in ZCMI Center Mall, South Temple and Main Street (801) 321-8745

JB’s, West Temple at South Temple (801) 328-8344

Lambs Restaurant, 169 S. Main St., (801) 364-7166

Lion House Pantry Restaurant, 63 E. South Temple, (801) 363-5466

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, 77 W. 200 South, (801) 537-6202

Within several blocks of the library you’ll also find Mexican, Italian, Chinese, German, steak, seafood, brewpubs, continental, fast food, bagels, pizza and other types of restaurants.

From the August 2000 issue of Family Tree Magazine