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.


June 16, 2015
8:00 am : Using RootsMagic with MyHeritage.com and FamilySearch.com

(All Levels) RootsMagic.com provides powerful tools to utilize the automated search features of MyHeritage.com and FamilySearch.com. As you enter your family tree into RootsMagic, you will see iconic indications of the status of your review of these two database's records hints. Come and learn how these can assist you in your research.

5:30 pm : Building Your Family Tree with Sources

(All Levels) Sources are the basic units of building a credible, organized and reliable family tree. This class will cover the basic idea of adding sources through citations to the individuals in your family tree and show how to incorporate sources from the large online database programs such as FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com and Findmypast.com. All of these four programs now have automated search capabilities that will produce research hints. The class will show how these research hints can benefit your own family tree.

June 18, 2015
8:00 am : How to Accurately Read Legal Documents: Wills and Deeds

(All Levels) The language in wills and deeds can sometimes seem impenetrable. The class will give you a good introduction to the basic terminology needed to understand both wills and deeds and use them to find your ancestors.

5:30 pm : Internet Sites and Programs I Use Every Day

(All Levels) Modern genealogical research is computer intensive. Come and learn about websites, some of which are not usually considered to be genealogy websites, that are essential to make progress in searching and understanding the huge numbers of genealogical resources now online.