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MONTHLY MEETING OF TORONTO BRANCH OGS SPEAKER: Jane E. MacNamara This presentation demonstrates the use of many English record types—in a period well before census and civil registration. The search for the subject of this[...]

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Salt Lake City Trip

Join me in February for my 21st trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Royal City Travel (Guelph) will handle travel arrangements for us. We’ll fly from Toronto on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. You can choose to stay for one or two weeks. (We can accommodate other departure points. Please inquire for prices.)


For family historians, there is no place like the Family History Library—an unimaginable collection of original records on microfilm from all over the world, free access to subscription databases and an extensive collection of genealogies, local histories and research handbooks. The best features, though, are the knowledgeable staff, top-notch equipment, and the opportunity to grab some concentrated research time in a too-busy life!


February 2015 will be an exceptional time to visit Salt Lake City, with two major genealogical conferences teaming up for one-time special genealogy event.

FGS Conference 2015, Feb 11–14. The Federation of Genealogical Societies represents more than 500 societies, mostly American. FGS 2015 will offer more than 100 lectures by top international speakers focussing on methodology, records, ethnic research and migration.

Rootstech 2015, Feb 12-14, hosted by FamilySearch, will provide another 200 lectures and classes. The variety of subjects is immense, but all sessions will have some technical focus. The two conferences will also share an impressive exhibit area.

If you want to attend either Rootstech or FGS 2015, you must register directly from conference’s web site. Choose from a variety of packages. For a small additional fee (about $40), you can add access to the both conferences.

Note: There is no obligation to attend either conference. The Family History Library will be open during the conference—and with extended hours.


Salt Lake City also has some of the most spectacular desert and mountain scenery in the U.S.A. Our hotel is just a short walk from the magnificent Salt Lake Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle, major concert halls and shopping. TRAX, the city’s electric transit system (free in the downtown area) will take you to more shopping and points of interest. A short drive or bus ride will take you to the Great Salt Lake, state parks, many historic sites and Olympic-class ski resorts.

Salt Lake City embraces winter. Temperatures are quite mild, and snowfalls in the city are cleared from sidewalks and roads quickly. There will be lots of snow in the mountains that surround the city, but with luck, we may just see the first snowdrops and crocuses emerge in the beautiful gardens of Temple Square.


Located just 2 1/2 blocks from the Family History Library and Temple Square, the Carlton Hotel, built in the 1920s, is a friendly, 45-room hotel with cable TV and a refrigerator in each unique room. A full cooked-to-order breakfast (or continental if you prefer) is included. Our prices are based in either single or double rooms (as you specify). In addition, a variety of economical suites with cooking facilities are available for groups of three or more people–please inquire. Regular van transportation to and from the Family History Library is provided free of charge.


  • round trip airfare from Toronto*
  • transportation to and from the hotel in Salt Lake City
  • hotel accommodation for 7 or 14 nights* including breakfast
  • a special group dinner
  • introduction to the Family History Library
  • walking tours to points of interest
  • all applicable taxes

* NOTE: We are very flexible! We can also arrange for you to travel from a different airport and join the group in Salt Lake City. We can extend your stay beyond the 7 or 14 nights, or arrange for you to travel on to a different destination. Prices will vary. Please enquire.

PACKAGE PRICES (per person):

ONE WEEK—February 10 to 17, 2015
Single occupancy $2245
Double occupancy $1850

TWO WEEKS—February 10 to 24, 2015
Single occupancy $3133
Double occupancy $2340

All prices are shown in Canadian dollars.

Click here to download a reservation form

Your reservation form must be accompanied by a non-refundable $150 per person deposit. Please complete the credit card information or enclose a cheque payable to “Royal City Travel”. Send it to:
Att’n: Wilf Rieck
Royal City Travel Inc.
10 Paisley Street, Unit 8
Guelph, ON N1H 2N6

You may also contact us by telephone, fax or e-mail (see below) and pay by credit card. NOTE: Please do not send your credit card information by e-mail–we’ll phone you.

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT: Send us your deposit by October 27, and we’ll deduct $25 from the price of your trip. The balance of your payment is due on December 19, 2014. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in the U.S. dollar exchange rate and the number of tour participants. You will be advised of any price revision prior to your December 19 payment. We reserve the right to cancel the tour (and refund all monies) for any reason, until December 30, 2014.

For more information, please contact:

Jane MacNamara (tour leader)


Royal City Travel, Guelph Wilf Rieck or Dawn Corcoran
(519) 763-3520 or toll-free 1-888-278-9990 fax (519) 763-8980