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.


February 22, 2013
1:00 pm : Top 10 Techniques: Fishing for Ancestors & Other Persons of Interest

(All Levels) Come join us as we open celebrate Family History Expos 10 year birthday anniversary with James L. Tanner of Mesa, Arizona. Plan on being inspired as James shares the top 10 techniques he uses to excel with his family history research.

3:50 pm : Effectively Using the Cloud: Dropbox, Evernote, Skype and similar programs

(All Levels) There has been a lot of discussion in the media news about cloud computing. As a genealogist, if you use the Internet, you are probably using cloud computing without even knowing it. Every time you use the Internet to store information, including emails or photos, you are using cloud computing. Every time you use the Internet to read a book or use a program like Google’s Picasa, you are using cloud computing. Simply put, cloud computing is the use of the Internet for computer functions that previously took place on a local computer. This presentation will help you understand how to use the Cloud computing tools, Dropbox, Evernote and Skype to help with all of your online genealogical activities. Login First

6:00 pm : A Review of Major Genealogical Libraries and Repositories

(All Levels) As genealogists we all hear about the huge collection of genealogical source documents at nnthe Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, but it there are other major collections of genealogical sources scattered across the United States. Come and learn about these huge collections and their value for research. You just might find out what you have been missing. For example, did you know that there are several other genealogically important libraries within 50 miles of the Salt Lake Family History Library? Login First

7:20 pm : Ancestry.com for Experienced Users

(Experienced) If you use Ancestry.com and feel you could use some help, come and learn about the vast resources of this premier subscription website. You will see how to use search strategies to maximize results and focus your research efforts. Also learn about more of the resources available including using the card catalog and the library of digitized books. Dive into the depths of the program and see resources like the slave narratives and city directories. Login First

February 23, 2013
10:00 am : Using the Google Gold Mine for Genealogy

(All Levels) The focus of this class is learning about some of the valuable genealogical tools on Google.com. In its vision of organizing the world’s information, many of Google’s programs and projects have become a literal gold mine for information and help for genealogists in their research. The presentation will introduce basic and advanced Google Searches with explanations Google Maps, Google Earth, Google News, Google Books, and Google Translate and how they can help the genealogical researcher. Login First

2:50 pm : Will You Be Ready When Family Tree Replaces New FamilySearch?

(All Levels) FamilySearch has announced that the New FamilySearch program nnwill be completely replaced by a program called FamilyTree which will be open to everyone when it is released publically. Will you be ready for the change? Come and learn what you can do nnto prepare. Login First