The 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour – It’s just over 3 months away! Preregister Today!

We are so looking forward to the 33rd Annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour this year. Lots of exciting research opportunities are in store for all who attend. The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is the genealogy research trip where you can find ancestors quickly! The Tour is renowned for the genealogy research success of its attendees, many of whom come back year after year. The 33rd annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour will take place on December 3 through 9, 2017. Most attendees will fly in on Sunday, December 3, and fly out on Sunday, December 10.

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour has been highly successful because it has the highest ratio of professional researchers to attendees of any genealogy research tour using the Family History Library. You can research your ancestors with the help of experienced professional genealogists. The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is known for the quality of the professional genealogists that work with the attendees on a daily basis – Monday through Saturday. The Christmas Tour typically has professional genealogists available for consultation from 9 am until near the time when the library closes.

Not only can the attendees research with professional help in the library, but genealogical education opportunities go on all week long. From 8 in the morning until about 9 pm in the evening, classes are presented on all kinds of genealogical topics. This year a DNA track has been added that will run throughout the week. Taught by Regina Negrycz, attendees will not only have the opportunity to hear her lectures, but they will get one-on-one help in analyzing their DNA test results! Click here to see the class schedule.

Professionals currently planning to work the 2017 Tour are:

  • Lisa A. Alzo,
  • Arlene Eakle,
  • Billy Edgington,
  • Loni Gardner,
  • Kevan Hansen,
  • Holly Hansen,
  • Stan Lindaas,
  • George Ott,
  • Dwight Radford,
  • Doug Richardson,
  • and Trudy Schenk.

The Salt Lake Christmas Tour is led by Leland K. Meitzler, Donna Potter Phillips and Maureen MacDonald.

Preregistration ends on October 15, so sign up today. Just a $50 deposit is required to hold your place. Get all the details at: SaltLakeChristmasTour.com. Questions? Call Leland at 801-949-7259.

Classes at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour Include a DNA Track & One-on-One Analytics

The classes being offered at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour are now posted at the website. Based on the overwhelming success of Regina Negrycz’s DNA presentation in 2016, we’ve asked her back to present a week-long DNA-oriented series. In addition to the lectures, Regina has agreed to do one-on-ones with Christmas Tour attendees, helping them analyze their data!

See Regina’s Ancestral Beginnings website.

So – Anyone coming to the Christmas Tour in 2017 should plan on bringing their DNA data if they want to go over it with Regina.

Regina’s lectures at the 2017 Salt Lake Christmas Tour are as follows:

  • Navigating Your 23&Me Results
  • Answering your AncestryDNA Questions
  • Reviewing FTDNA Tests and Results
  • Exploring MyHeritage DNA
  • Mapping Your DNA to Create Your Genetic Fan Chart

Lectures will also be given by the following speakers (with number of lectures in parentheses):

  • Thomas MacEntee (10)
  • Lisa Alzo (5)
  • Arlene Eakle (3)
  • Leland K Meitzler (1)
  • Raymon Nesbitt – FamilySearch (1)
  • Ron Tanner – FamilySearch (1)
  • Maureen MacDonald (1)
  • Anna Swayne – Ancestry DNA (1)
  • Dwight Radford (1)
  • Kevan Hansen (1)
  • Bruce Buzbee – RootsMagic Developer (1)
  • Loni Gardner (1)

I will write more about the above presenters and their planned presentations in upcoming articles.

Looking for Groceries in Downtown Salt Lake City?

Over the years I’ve heard dozens of folks ask the question, Where can I buy groceries in Salt Lake? I’ve had folks ask me personally – and I’ve heard them ask at the front desk of the Plaza Hotel – where I always stay.

There didn’t used to be a satisfactory answer for those folks without a car. I’ve personally taken many people shopping! Full-range grocery stores were typically a couple miles away from the downtown hotels. Smiths is still there – it’s a great store – but it hasn’t gotten any closer…

That all changed a couple years ago when the City Creek Mall was built. There’s now a Harmon’s store within walking distance of the Temple Square area. The high-end full-blown grocery is located at the corner of 100 South and State Street (135 East 100 South, Salt Lake City). Now – if you’re staying at the Plaza, the Radisson, or the Marriot (all within a block of Temple Square), just walk over to the Temple Square UTA Trax platform. Take the FREE Trax ride East, then turning South to the City Center Trax platform. Get off, go 1 block East to State Street and you’re at Harmon’s. Better yet, you can do most of that without going out in the weather. When you get off the Trax at the Downtown platform, you can go into the City Creek Mall, make your way to the food court, and take the Tunnel (next to McDonald’s) under State Street, coming up at Harmon’s.

And don’t miss the deli upstairs at Harmons! There’s also a Post OIffice up there. Amazing!

Bottom line – you may have to walk (carrying your groceries) for about a couple blocks (most of that within City Creek) in total if you happen to be staying at the Plaza. Ask the cashiers to double-bag your stuff. Take a look at the Yelp reviews…