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.

Schedule

July 14, 2015
8:00 am : The Elements of Research: Part 1

(All Levels) Since James' first attempts at historical research, in high school, over fifty years ago, he has been actively involved in research in some form or another. He has learned that simply doing research does not necessarily give someone the insight to analyze and understand the process. After reading and studying methodology and processes involved in discovering family relationships and of course, his years of active participation as a trial attorney have also influenced his understanding of analysis. This class will lend you support and understanding based on his years of experience.

 
8:00 am : The Elements of Research: Part 2

(All Levels) Since James' first attempts at historical research, in high school, over fifty years ago, he has been actively involved in research in some form or another. He has learned that simply doing research does not necessarily give someone the insight to analyze and understand the process. After reading and studying methodology and processes involved in discovering family relationships and of course, his years of active participation as a trial attorney have also influenced his understanding of analysis. This class will lend you support and understanding based on his years of experience.

 
5:30 pm : The Elements of Research: Part 3

(All Levels) Since James' first attempts at historical research, in high school, over fifty years ago, he has been actively involved in research in some form or another. He has learned that simply doing research does not necessarily give someone the insight to analyze and understand the process. After reading and studying methodology and processes involved in discovering family relationships and of course, his years of active participation as a trial attorney have also influenced his understanding of analysis. This class will lend you support and understanding based on his years of experience.

July 16, 2015
8:00 am : The Ins and Outs of Evidence for Genealogists Using the Census

(All Levels) Fundamentally, genealogists are concerned with history and historical sources. These historical sources are finite and scattered across the world. The activity of genealogical research is to find these scattered sources, extract the information contained therein about a limited set of ancestral families and then analyze, evaluate and record that information in some reproducible format. This activity is highly personal in nature. There may be opportunities for collaboration, but most genealogists are involved in a solitary pursuit. The fact that genealogists record their information publicly does not particularly imply that they arrived at their conclusions any differently than they would have had they kept the information to themselves.

 
5:30 pm : Gathering Source Information with RecordSeek

(All Levels) Learn to transfer information from a huge variety of websites to both the FamilySearch.org Family Tree and to your Ancestry.com Family Tree using the RecordSeek app. You can also use it with your desktop programs to save time typing.