James L.   Tanner

Is a retired attorney and business owner with over 33 years of experience in genealogical research. James was an intelligence officer during the Vietnam War, has a BA Degree in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and a JD Degree in Law from Arizona State University.


March 18, 2016
9:00 am : The Federal Court System and How it Works

(Experienced) Your ancestors may have had dealings with the Federal Court System if they had a land dispute, a bankruptcy, a naturalization issue or other lawsuits that originated in the Federal Courts. The history of our Federal Court system has its antecedents in the English court system but began with the passage of the United States Constitution. Subsequently it has developed into a complex system with both general trial courts, specialized courts and appeals courts culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court. Come and learn about this complex system and how it works.

9:00 am : State and Local Courts

(Experienced) Learn the commonalities and differences between courts on the state and local level and the types of records that might have been preserved. Your ancestors may have records in a state court for cases as simple as a dog bite or as complex at first degree murder. Come and learn about the different levels of courts both criminal and civil.

1:30 pm : Locating State and Local Court Records

(Experienced) Learn to discover details for locating and researching in court records. Learn what resources both civil and criminal that are available online and when you have to actually make a trip or get assistance.

March 19, 2016
1:30 pm : Naturalization Records by Jurisdiction

(Experienced) How has coming to American changed over time? What peoples were considered foreigners and who were already citizens? This in-depth class will discuss the changes for immigrants to naturalize and obtain citizenship. Who had jurisdiction and when?

1:30 pm : Strategies for Researching Local Court Records

(Experienced) Learn to use proven strategies for locating your ancestors in the court records and how to create new strategies. Using indexes and searching without an index. Having a plan of action will create a more successful research experience.