Preparing for the February FGS Conference and the FHL

Just about 9 weeks till the 2015 FGS Conference in Salt Lake City.Where has the time gone! I am so excited for this event.

One of the things I will be doing while at the FGS and RootsTech joint conferences in February (Feb 11-14) is some of my own research at the Family History Library. The FHL is just a block away from the Salt Palace Convention Center. I never run out of things to do at the FHL. I have my list started. It’s really easy to prepare by using the library’s catalog and also double checking to see if the items I need to look at have already been digitized on

I am going back to review some much earlier work on my Germans that settled in Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. This time around I am broadening the search to other people that also arrived around 1853. I am looking for probate, deeds, and other records that may have my family members listed as witnesses and sponsors. I need to sort out a conflict in possible locations in Germany.

You will see me running back and forth from the convention center and the library. I don’t want to miss lectures and will be staying some extra days, but I have so much I want to do! Plus the chance to talk with other genealogists from all over the United States and many other countries. That is an aspect I don’t want to miss.

I always bring my computer cable lock and pencils are a must. You may also bring pens, but I tend to get excited about what I am finding on the microfilm and end up with ink on my clothes. The FamilySearch Wiki has some info on visiting the FHL.

If you have never been to the FHL or if it has been a while, be sure to ask others question, do a self-tour of the four floors, and be sure to have your research plan of attack ready before you travel to Salt Lake City. I have been to SLC for other conferences and still found plenty of time to work at the FHL

Sign up for the FGS Conference, special activities, read the blog, and add RootsTech for a bit extra:

Visiting the FHL:

FamilySearch Catalog:

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3 comments on “Preparing for the February FGS Conference and the FHL

  1. Hi, Paula, This will be my first visit to Salt Lake City, and perhaps you could answer a question for me> Are there coat checks, both at the Family History Library and at the Salt Palace Convention Center? It would determine what I wear, and if I have to carry a coat with me all day. Thank you

    1. Hi Ellen,

      I don’t know about the Salt Palace but the Family History Library has coat racks on each floor where researchers may hang their coats. There are also small lockers. Bring dimes for those.

      See you soon!

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