Mary Jane Saylor

I have been an avid family history researcher since 

I was 16 years old and my aunt needed some young legs to tramp around hillsides looking for gravestones. We made amazing discoveries during the trip and I have been fascinated with it ever since. Because of this amazing introduction to genealogy, I spend the majority of my time passing on the ability to research to those I come into contact with who are interested in learning good research technique. 

I have recently begun working with the First Families of Utah project though UGA and hope to expand and revitalize the program.  For the past two years I have helped the SLIG committee as Assistant Registrar, as I believe SLIG offers valuable training to attendees. This year I am working on promoting SLIG as the Marketing Coordinator.

I also serve as the Registrar for my local DAR chapter. I enjoy helping prospective members trace their family lines.

I am trained in Forensic Genealogy and enjoy working with adoptees to help them reunite with their families.

I am blessed to be married to am amazing man who understands my passion for family history research and supports me in my endeavors to help others in their quest to understand where they have come from.  I am the mother of 7 wonderful children scattered across the globe, as well as the grandmother of 3 beautiful granddaughters. 


Stephanie Lynn Saylor


I am a full-time genetic genealogist who holds a degree in biology with an emphasis in neuroscience and have worked in research for several years on topics including: Parkinson’s disease, opioid receptors, maternal immune activation and glial cells. I believe that solid research techniques can help us get to know our ancestors on a deeper level, even when traditional documentation is missing or conflicting.

I have completed several genetic genealogy related courses, including the Advanced DNA course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Advanced DNA Practicum at the Forensic Genealogy Institute. I teach and organize genetic genealogy webinars as the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) DNA Special Interest Group Chair and is on the UGA Board of Directors. I hope to be able to help others who have an interest in genealogy use biology, and genetics gain confidence to further their research goals.

If you would like help with a genetic genealogy issue, please read, fill out, and email me a copy of the signed contract or email me any questions to DNAspecialist@FoundingFamilyLines.com.

 Up-coming scheduled classes and events.

Cruising the Chromosomes

17 July 2018
UGA DNA Special Interest Group
Come and cruise some chromosome browsers to take a drive to a smoother ride through your genetic genealogy research. Tour multiple chromosome browsers to see how they can expand your horizons. Discover what different results mean. Get hints on how to use this tool in your research by working along with the class through activities designed to help participants understand how to use different aspects of chromosome browsers in their personal research. We will cover the chromosome browsers offered at 23andMe and Family Tree DNA, as well as how the GEDmatch chromosome browser works with all 3 major testing companies.

Y-DNA: What you need to know

8 September 2018
Ogden Family History Conference
Learn the basics on what Y-DNA is and how it’s research progresses so you can understand what you can do simply. Straightforward examples and explanations guide students around the jumble of jargon so they can grasp the basic concepts of this wonderful area of research that can untangle research and uncomplicate our sometimes-screwy families.

Visual Phasing Workshop

8 September 2018
Ogden Family History Conference
Visual phasing a technique that uses DNA tests from 3 siblings to map out what DNA they received from their 4 grandparents. If you have been DNA testing your family members, want to put those test to good use and are interested in a puzzle, like so many of us are, visual phasing may be right up your ally. Bring your DNA tests or just yourself if you want to work through an example to see if you are interested in using this tool to solve your own family puzzle. No matter what be prepared from some visual phasing fun.

Welcome to the World of Genetic Genealogy

8 September 2018
Ogden Family History Conference
Technical mumbo jumbo is often a major roadblock when exploring new tools and technology to assist with genealogical research. Beginning to use DNA in your research often feels like entering a whole new world for many genealogists. “Welcome to the world of genetic genealogy” is class made especially for the people who are still taking their first steps into using DNA to help them learn about basic questions like what is DNA, how does it work, are there different types, what can be learned from it and a few other basic things you need to know to get started exploring this new tool. Genetic genealogy is not a solo-expedition and additional resources will also be discussed to help find others who can help when you are ready to continue this journey at your own pace.

Other new available classes

Terminology for the Terminal

Learn what things mean simply, and apply your new knowledge in class so you do not fall on your sword trying to fight your way into a genetic genealogy research.

GEDmatch Gelatin

Start gelling with GEDmatch. A quick tour and process for grasping GEDmatch genealogy.

Dog House DNA

Sniff out some basics on how to navigate the 3 major testing sites (AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe).