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21 February 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Go to Salt Lake City with CGS

Spaces are filling fast for the 2011 Salt Lake City Research Tour. Although final payment isn't due until April 15, 2011, plan to send a deposit ASAP to hold your place.

Payment can be made online via PayPal or you download the information flier and snail mail a check.

Once you have signed up, appointments can be made in person or by phone to discuss your research plan. Email Jane Knowles Lindsey if you have any questions.

I first published this "top ten" list of reasons to go to Salt Lake City with the California Genealogical Society three years ago – but they still hold true today.

#10 - The Family History Library is vast and going alone for the first time can be intimidating. Come with two experienced leaders who will save you hours of time learning what is where and how best to use the overwhelming number of resources.

#9. - Arrangements for hotel, breakfast, shuttles and three dinners have already been made for you. Accommodations are at the Shilo Inn - three blocks from the Family History Library and the rooms have free wireless internet.

#8. - Spend time with like-minded individuals. No one will roll their eyes when you start rattling on about your great-great whoever. Where else can you spend a week with other people who are just as nutty about genealogy as you are?

#7. - You will finally have time to organize your papers. Catch an early flight and throw everything into an extra suitcase. Spend Sunday afternoon in your hotel room without distractions and get ready for a week of research. (Believe me, we have all done this!)

#6. - Take advantage of advanced assistance. Jane and Nancy will review your research goals and objectives and make suggestions before you even go to Salt Lake.

#5. - The tour is a perfect blend of togetherness and alone time. Three dinners are planned with the group (don't miss Saturday night at Lamb's) and the other evenings are free to do with as you please. Groups meet informally in the library lobby for lunch and you can choose to join them, explore on your own or stay and work through lunch.

#4. - Nancy Peterson, CG has donated her time and expertise to assist you. Nancy is the CGS Research Director and has taught numerous genealogy classes. Private appointments with her during the week are included in the price.

#3 - Jane Lindsey is a mother hen who logs miles and miles running up and down the library stairs making sure we are all finding what we need. She has been researching in Salt Lake City for over twenty years and has led all of the CGS tours.

#2 - The company is fantastic. I've made friends that I only see once a year but we pick up just where we left off. And there is always someone in the group who has the experience in an area that you don't.

And the number ONE reason to go to Salt Lake City with the California Genealogical Society?

It is the perfect way to get away from life's distractions and responsibilities – except to your ancestors.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library


Grammy T. said...

I have a story on my blog about Kate Emily Pillsbury Ham born in San Andreas, Calaveras County, California on June 29th. Her parents were among the earliest pioneers. Her father, Daniel Hackett Pillsbury, born November 1826 in Springford, New Hampshire and died April 20, 1889 in Railroad Flat, Calaveras County, California.

Please visit my blog to read the whole story. My blog is by "Grammy T." but I am Janice Pillsbury Thompson.