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.


August 19, 2015
8:00 am : The FamilySearch Research Wiki: The most valuable online genealogical resource for genealogists today

(All Levels) This class will focus on the structure and content of the FamilySearch Research Wiki and why it has become the most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet. The class will include an introduction to the concept of wikis as collaborative Internet-based programs, demonstrating how the Research Wiki works to provide a user contributed collaborative environment for providing huge amounts of genealogical information. The class will also explain how the Research Wiki operates, with an introduction to Wikitext and namespaces, including how the Research Wiki integrated into the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections to become a meta-catalog.

8:00 am : 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.

8:00 am : Wills and Deeds: How to Accurately Read New England Legal Documents:

(All Levels) Will and deeds are essential to researching your New England Ancestry. The legal language 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 : Visualize Ancestral Property Using Online Tools

(All Levels) One of the most important steps in finding an elusive ancestor is to identify the exact physical location an event occurred in the ancestor’s life. Powerful online mapping tools, such as Google Earth, now give us the ability to identify the location of an ancestor’s property with extreme precision. Come and learn how to overlay property and county boundaries on Google Earth.