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 18, 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

3:30 pm : Searching a Cemetery and Preserving the Data

(All Levels) Cemeteries can be huge, elaborate and meticulously maintained or may be a simple burial plot with no obvious markings. Cemeteries may be private an owned by an individual or family. Cemeteries can also be commercially owned by a multi-state business enterprise. This class will teach you about the differences in record keeping for different types of cemeteries and burial grounds. You will also learn about several types of records created when a person dies, we will teach you to look for more than a headstone.