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.


April 11, 2016
9:00 am : Alternative Jurisdictions When Records are Lost

(Experienced) Genealogical record loss is constant obstacle to research but there are often tactics that can be used to overcome the loss of one type of record by substituting other records. Come to this class and learn how to locate the alternatives for research when record loss occurs.

9:00 am : Using Maps to Understand Changing Jurisdictions

(Experienced) One of the basic facts of genealogical research is that records about your ancestors are found in jurisdictions or areas where the records were created as those jurisdictions existed at the time of the events. In this class we will cover the basics of maps and how to use the Newberry Atlas of Historic County Boundaries and Google Earth to visualize the county boundaries at the time an event occurred in your ancestors’ lives.

April 18, 2016
9:00 am : Strategies for Searching Repositories

(Experienced) Before you travel to an unfamiliar repository such as a national archive, library or historical society, you need to be well prepared. Learn how to familiarize yourself with different types of repositories and get a game plan for researching their records.

April 25, 2016
9:00 am : Strategies to Resolve Uncertain Connections

(Experienced) Especially in online family trees, it is very common to find families where there is some confusion about the identity of the family members. Be sure you know who all the players are and IF they are part of the family. Come and learn how to analyze a family entry and determine if you have the right family members or if some are missing or the wrong people.