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.


October 29, 2013
8:00 am : 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

October 30, 2013
5:30 pm : Making Use of a Research Log

(All Levels) This class will help you understand the need for a research log and give you guidance on how, when and where to formulate one. If you were able to complete every research project within one session in the Library, you would have no need to be organized or have a research log. But realistically, we all do research in bits and pieces over time. It may seem obvious that keeping a record of what you have looked at and what you have left to search will keep you focused, but few researchers are so meticulous. Learning to keep adequate records will help you stay focused and provide you with the practical tools you need to make actual progress in your research. Login First

October 31, 2013
5:30 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

November 01, 2013
5:30 pm : Organize, Preserve and Share

(All Levels) This class will help you to know what to do with all the information you accumulate while doing research in the Family History Library or any other library or repository. When you come to the end of your library visit, you need some effective tools to organize and preserve your information. The best way to organize your information is by using a genealogy program. Almost every program available today has the basic tools necessary to organize and preserve your information and then share it with others. We will review the basic steps to entering information from your research into a genealogy program. Login First