California Genealogical Society 2024 Salt Lake City Research Trip 

FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake CityWe are happy to announce our annual society research trip to the FamilySearch Library (formerly called the Family History Library) in Salt Lake City.

Sunday, 29 September 2024 – Saturday, 5 October 2024

The trip, led by Stewart Traiman and Evan Wilson, includes:

  • A six-night stay at the Radisson Hotel
  • Five days of uninterrupted research at the largest genealogical library in the world
  • Pre-trip meeting and consultation
  • Guided tour of the library
  • Research assistance by Stewart and Evan
  • Daily hotel breakfast
  • Two group dinners at local restaurants


Early bird pricing until June 30. $1,150 for double occupancy* or $1,650 for single occupancy (airfare not included).

July 1 prices increase: $1,250 for double occupancy* or $1,750 for single occupancy (airfare not included).

If paying using credit card on Eventbrite, additional nonrefundable fees apply.

* There is no guarantee that another double can be found. If no other double is found for a share, the price will be at the single rate.

The trip is capped at 30 participants, so register today to reserve your spot.

This event is open to CGS members only. However, non-members can register by paying a $45 CGS membership fee.

Additional nights can be arranged before and after the event at the reduced group rate.

Payment is due in full within one week of registration.

Send a check made out to “California Genealogical Society” for the full registration fee to:

California Genealogical Society

Attn: CGS Treasurer

2201 Broadway, Suite LL2

Oakland, CA 94612-3031

Contact Evan Wilson or Stewart Traiman about arranging double occupancy and all other questions.

Learn more:

To sign up on Eventbrite: 2024 Salt Lake City Research Trip

To learn more about what you can get out of a trip to Salt Lake City, even in our digital age, take a look at this writeup about last year’s trip: Looking Back on a Fabulous Trip to Salt Lake City

CGS YouTube Video: Info Session for the 2023 CGS Salt Lake City Research Trip

Helpful RootsTech Video: The FamilySearch Library: Exploring and Understanding the Resources Available to Researchers

Meet Your Guides

Stewart Traiman is a professional genealogist, a graduate of ProGen #49, and attends national conferences and annual institutes (GRIP, IGHR, SLIG). He is a public speaker and blogger. “LGBTQ Genealogy” and “Excel for Genealogists” are his most popular presentations. He has been a volunteer with the California Genealogical Society since 2014, serving six years on the Board of Directors, with five years as recording secretary. He published the monthly CGS eNews for eight years. He continues to volunteer with CGS on the Digital Historian Committee. For more information see

Evan Wilson is a professional genealogist specializing in Southern U.S. families, land records, migration, and DNA. He is also the current recording secretary of CGS (having taken over from Stewart) and the society’s delegate to the NGS. In his past life, he was a scholar of medieval literature. He works at AncestryProGenealogists as a full-time researcher. If he could have any superpower, it would of course be time-travel; barring that, he would accept the ability to teleport back and forth between his home in Oakland and the FamilySearch Library.


Airfare and local transportation are not included in the fee.

Cancellation fee and schedule: All cancellations must be made in writing. Your registration fee will be refunded, less an administrative fee of $100, if cancellation is received by 15 September 2024. If a cancellation notice is received after 15 September, no refund will be given. (It is suggested that you obtain trip insurance if you feel cancellation is possible.)

The California Genealogical Society shall not be held liable for any loss or damage to property. Additionally, CGS will not be liable for any loss, damage, or injury caused by strikes, weather, illness, or any other cause beyond its reasonable control.