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 16, 2015
8:00 am : Introduction to the NEW FamilySearch Catalog

(All Levels) This class is required! Learn how to find records in this amazing Library of almost 3 million reels of microfilm, 500,000 printed and manuscript books, with supporting online databases, and much, much more on 5 full floors! Or in other words: How to find and correctly document tyour ancestors without being intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the records available.

2:00 pm : Searching on the Internet: String Search, Catalog Search, & Wiki Search

(All Levels) Learn the three main search protocols and how they return results. Each protocol uses different criteria for returning hits. You want to know how they work to get the best results for your searches.

2:00 pm : Searching on the Internet: Computer Lab

(Experienced) Online searching exercises designed to build searching skills using string searches, catalog searches, and wiki searches. (You are encouraged to bring a laptop, notebook, or tablet device to class. Internet will be provided)

February 18, 2015
8:00 am : Learn More... Using the FamilySearch Catalog (FSC) with the FamilySearch Research Wiki

(All Levels) Learn how to locate and understand what the records contain, where they are, and how to glean the most evidence from them. Basic layout of the Wiki is a model of how records are organized. Companion locater tools such as World Cat, Archive.org, and more will be discussed.

5:30 pm : Searching the FamilySearch.org Historical Records Collections: Digital Images and Microfilm

(All Levels) Technical Tips and Research Strategies. Learn why it is important to go to the end of the film even if it has been digitized.

February 20, 2015
8:00 am : Effectively Using the Cloud: Dropbox, Evernote, Skype and similar programs

(All Levels) 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, 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.

8:00 am : Letting MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, & FamilySearch's Family Tree offer Research Assistance

(All Levels) This class is a live Internet activity. We will discuss the specific event topic while using MyHeritage, Ancestry, and FamilySearch. Questions asked during the presentation point the direction of the discussion. This class always brings up new details each time it is offered.