James L. Tanner


James L. Tanner has more than thirty years' experience as a research genealogist. He presently serves as a volunteer at the Brigham Young University Family History Library in Provo, Utah, where he assists patrons and teaches classes. He is a retired attorney with more than 30 years of experience.


He is very much involved in writing about genealogy topics and photography. His blogs include:


Genealogy's Star (Genealogy topics)
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad (Genealogy with a LDS focus)
Walking Arizona (Photography)
360Cities (Photography)


He has also created many free instructional videos on the BYU Family History YouTube Channel.


James Tanner has also co-authored 12 genealogy books, which can be purchased at FamilyHistoryExpos Store. The titles include:


  • Virginia Research Guide: Bypassing the Burned Counties
  • German Research Guide: Sources, Strategies, & Methodology
  • Locating Ancestors in the Old Country: A Research Guide
  • Beginning Military Research: Research Guide
  • In-depth Census Research Guide
  • New England: Research Guide
  • Southern States: Research Guide
  • US Land and Tax Records: Research Guide
  • The Power of Marriage Documents: Research Guide
  • Scandinavian Research Guide: Sources and Strategies
  • The Ins and Outs of Probate for Genealogists: Research Guide
  • British Isles: Research Guide