Start with a
checklist of your research and personal items you plan to take
considering whether you are flying or driving your car. When
you fly you have a suitcase limitation and on-board carry-on items
to consider. When you drive you take everything except the
Here is a suggested personal
list to consider:
- Clothes, Jacket, Hat,
Shoes, Socks, Pants, Belt, Shirts, Tie, Money Belt, Pajamas
- Shaver, Toiletries,
Medicines, Pillows, Umbrella
- Maps, Tickets, Boarding
Pass, Agenda, License, Passport, Temple Recommend, Handicap
- Reading Materials,
Scriptures, Reference Books
- Food or Travel Snacks
Here is a suggested technology
list to consider:
- Notebook Computer w/extra
battery & power cord, Cell
Phone & Charger, Memory Sticks, Manuals for reference to your
computer software, Back-up disks to software you might have to
Batteries, Walkie Talkies
- Watch, Portable Scanner,
GPS Unit, Extra Batteries & Charging Units
- iPod loaded with
everything you will need and its Charger
- Your latest and greatest
"TOY" that you need to be happy or want to learn to use better
Your latest back-up copy of
your genealogy database (try it out before you leave home) on a
memory stick and printouts of the families you are researching.
- A Research Log detailing
what you know and what you want to find out when you get in the
Salt Lake Family History Library. Print outs of your
Pedigree Chart & Family Group Sheets you will be working on.
- A list of questions that
specifically ask how, when, where and why to detail your
research problem so someone you meet will suggest you try
looking in the .....?, and presto, you will see your brick wall
beginning to crumble.
- A thankful attitude
towards all who assist you in binding your family.
- Sticky notes, Scratch
paper, Paper clips, Stapler, Pencils & pens, Manila file
folders, Ring binder, Rubber bands,
- Sweater for cold spots in
the library if you get cold easily.
- Magnifying glass, Hand
held paper punch, Several dollar bills for feeding the copy machine card.
- Ear plugs for when someone
near you makes too much noise.
Leave home all distractions and
- The desire to turn on the
Sports Channel and keep up with your favorite team.
Believe me, no one cares about your team in Salt Lake City
because they only get excited about BYU football and the Utah
- Music in your ear
distracts from inspiration so leave it at home.
- Daily phone calls to see
how the kids are doing.... they are doing fine and if not let
them find their own answers. You are busy researching the
dead and they are a lot quieter to work with!
- Don't bring your one and
only original documents, work with copies for safety.
Come to Salt Lake City to get
away from your normal busy life and concentrate on extending your
family knowledge of where you came from, how you got to where you
now live, what lessons your ancestors can pass down to you, and why
you are so interested in knowing more about them, and lastly too
better prepare you for the days to come when you will meet them,
embrace and finally get the answers you've been working so hard to
learn. Perhaps your Great Grandpa will simply say, Gee wiz, I
don't know why we did that, it just seemed the thing to do at the time....
Call Janet Foster
to reserve our
bedroom condo #225
with kitchen & laundry for your next visit