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 and I teach and organize genetic genealogy webinars for the Utah Genealogical Association DNA Special Interest Group. 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.

 The differences between genetic genealogy and traditional genealogy

14 November 2017
Lunch and Learn
Presentation focuses on the differences between traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy by exploring similarities between the two, and discussing the fundamental nature of genetic genealogy.

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.

Help! When You Need Somebody

Where to find mentors and support groups, Resources and professionals to help you through your genetic genealogy grief.

Cruising the Chromosomes

Come and cruise some chromosome browsers and take a drive to a smoother ride through genetic genealogy research.

Dog House DNA

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