National Genealogical Society Research Trip to Salt Lake City 4–8 January 2015

Arlington, VA, 17 March 2014: Registration is now open for the NGS research trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, from4–11 January 2015. Join the NGS’s group leaders, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, and Shirley Wilcox, CG, FNGS, for a week at the world renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The library’s noteworthy records include deeds, wills, military, tax, and vital records from the United States, Canada, and around the world. Researchers will have access to numerous commercial computer databases, more than two million rolls of microfilm, hundreds of thousands of microfiche, an immense collection of genealogical books, and outstanding area maps. For more information, or to register for the trip, visit

The research trip includes:  
  • Online orientation
  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
  • Six full days of research at the Family History Library and guidance from NGS experts
  • Sunday evening meet and greet social
  • Monday evening group lecture
  • Wednesday evening pizza party
  • Saturday evening group meal
  • Shuttle van transfers from airport to hotel and return

The package price, which does not include transportation to Salt Lake City, varies depending upon room occupancy and National Genealogical Society membership status. Payment is required in full at the time of registration. Fees are as follows:

Single Room
Before October 2
October 2 and after


Double/Shared Room
Before October 2
October 2 and after


Person with non-researching spouse1
Before October 2
October 2 and after


1non-researching spouse receives the benefits of the double room and any events planned.

The trip hosts, Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CGsm, CGLsm,and Shirley Wilcox, CGsm, FNGS, are seasoned experts in conducting research.

Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL, specializes in records in the National Archives, Washington, DC. Marie has lectured at National Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies national conferences since 1988. She has lectured on military records for Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Marie has conducted workshops on military records and beginning genealogy for the National Archives. In September of 1999 and in 2000 she was one of the trip directors for the NGS Research Trip to Ireland. In 1999 the Association of Professional Genealogists awarded her the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit.

Shirley Wilcox, CG, FNGS, served two terms as NGS president and has been board certified as a genealogist since 1973. As a native Californian, she has experience tracing her own lines from New England and the South across the country to Northern California in the 1850s–1870s. As a professional genealogist, she has compiled lineages for clients whose ancestors lived in many geographic regions. Shirley was president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (1991–1993), president of the Virginia Genealogical Society (2007–2011), served on the Board for Certification of Genealogists (2000–2009), and currently serves as a member of the Board of Assistants of the Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia. Since 1996 she has been the verifying genealogist of the National Society Colonial Dames of America in the District of Columbia. In 1995 she received the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit from the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records.  The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists.  Please visit the NGS Pressroom for further information.