Salt Lake City, Utah
Wednesday & Thursday, September 28th & 29th
Early arrival activities • Thursday evening Social Hour
Friday & Saturday, September 30th & October 1st
Speakers and workshops • Saturday evening Dinner
Come join your Austin friends and cousins in Salt Lake City this Fall! Part reunion, part informational speakers and research, and part simply enjoying the city chosen as our host, this conference is an event many of us look forward to every year. Get help with your Austin research, exchange information with others, and take advantage of the research facilities at the Family History Library, the largest genealogical library in the world. Downtown’s 10-acre Temple Square, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is home to the majestic Salt Lake Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle, and the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Other attractions include the State Capitol and Historic District on Capitol Hill. 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of AFAOA by siblings Edith Austin Moore and Henry Warner Austin in 1942 in Washington DC. We hope to see you in Salt Lake City!
122 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square is mere steps from The Family History Library and a short walk from the TRAX light rail system. The conference room rate for Standard Rooms is $95 single/double occupancy or $102 triple/quad occupancy + tax; for Deluxe Rooms the rate is $105 single/double occupancy and $112 triple/quad occupancy + tax. Rooms include 1 King or 2 Queen beds, with a mini-fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and WIFI. There is a snack bar/deli onsite, and parking is available for $10/day.
A block of rooms has been reserved, at the conference rate, for the nights of Monday, September 26th through Sunday, October 2nd. Reservations at the conference rate must be made by August 26th or before the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. After this date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis at regular room rates. So, make your reservations early!!
Making a reservation is simple. Rich Williams (Sales and Marketing) is handling our group. To make a reservation you can call him directly at 801-606-2410, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Mountain Time). He is not there on the weekends, but you can leave a message and he will return your call. Individuals must identify themselves as being with AFAOA when the reservation is made, to receive the special group rate.
LDS FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
The Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is open to the public. You can use their extensive collections to research your family history. They also offer numerous exhibits. We want your visit to be as productive and enjoyable as possible. Please be aware that there are certain policies and guidelines to follow when visiting and they encourage first-time researchers to register online before arriving. Materials from the library’s collection are accessible in the library’s reading room on an appointment basis.
Note: The Family History Library is closed on Sundays. This year it will also be closed on Saturday, October 1st due to an LDS conference. If you plan to do research there, consider arriving a day or two early.
The conference registration fee is $100 per person, which includes Friday and Saturday speakers and workshops, the Thursday social hour and the Saturday night dinner. The fee is $75 per person for those who wish to attend only the social hour and dinner.
There are two ways to register:
1. Print the 2022 Conference Registration Form and send your registration form, with a check payable to AFAOA, to the Conference Registrar: Austin Families Association, P.O. Box 494813, Redding, CA 96049.
2. Register online: Go to the Conference Registration page. (Members should login first; this will pre-fill your information.) If you register and pay your registration fee online, we ask that you send an email to the Conference Chairman telling us your earliest known Austin ancestors, your arrival date, and your interest in early arrival activities.
Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is located in a high valley at the foot of the Wasatch mountain range. The city was founded in 1847 by Mormons, who were led by Brigham Young on a 1,300 mile trek from Illinois. “This is the Place” Heritage Park commemorates their arrival and includes a living history museum. Downtown’s 10-acre Temple Square, the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is home to the majestic Salt Lake Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle (noted for its acclaimed Tabernacle Choir and great organ), the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (with its Legacy Theater, FamilySearch Center and restaurants) and the Family History Library. Other city attractions include the State Capitol and Historic District on Capitol Hill.
The Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world. The collection includes over 2.4 million rolls of microfilmed records; 727,000 microfiche; 356,000 books, serials, and other formats; over 4,500 periodicals and 3,725 electronic resources. Records are from the United States, Canada, British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa and have been filmed in over 110 countries and territories.