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.


September 06, 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 : Exploring the Resources of MyHeritage.com and WorldVitalRecords.com

(All Levels) One of the fastest growing online collections of primary source documents is innWorldVitalRecords.com, now owned by MyHeritage.com. Combining this everngrowing collection of records with the online family trees in MyHeritage.com is ansearch engine called Record Search. Come and learn the benefits of uploading yournfamily tree to MyHeritage.com and the profusion of records that can be generatednfrom its Record Search function. You may be surprised at this lower cost alternativento Ancestry.com. Login First

6:00 pm : Setting Goals to Focus Your Research

(All Levels) This class will help you prioritize your time and efforts at the Family History Library and help you set realistic research goals. Almost always, the time you have to spend in libraries and other repositories is limited. It is important to be adequately prepared before you arrive so that your time is spent effectively. Proper preparation includes carefully examining the status of your current research to see what types of information would be likely to be found in the library or repository. In the case of the Family History library, this preparation should include a careful study of the Family History Library Online Catalog. Once you have a list of possible research objectives, you can then decide on an appropriate order for research. Login First

7:20 pm : How to Ask for Help

(All Levels) We all get ourselves in a position of needing help with our genealogical research. This class will give you some suggestions and tools for effectively asking for help from genealogical experts. It will also give you some ideas of where to go for self help, particularly those online websites with huge help resources such as the Family Search Research Wiki. If you have ever wondered where to look for a specific type of genealogical information then you need this instruction. Login First

September 07, 2013
10:00 am : Family Tree has replaced New FamilySearch. Are you Ready?

(All Levels) FamilySearch has replaced New FamilySearch program with a program called FamilyTree. Are you be ready for the change? Come and learn what you can do. Login First

11:20 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 : The FamilySearch Research Wiki: The most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet

(All Levels) This class will focus on the structure and content of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and why it has become the most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet. The class will include an introduction to the concept of wikis as collaborative Internet-based programs, demonstrating how the Research Wiki works to provide a user contributed collaborative environment for providing huge amounts of genealogical information. The class will also explain how the Research Wiki operates, with an introduction to Wikitext and namespaces, including how the Research Wiki integrated into the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections to become a meta-catalog. Login First