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 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 genetic genealogy webinars as the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) and other organizations upon request. I was the first UGA DNA Special Interest Group Committee Chair and am on the UGA Board of Directors serving as the UGA Historian. 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 (with background information, along with access to your DNA results and trees) to DNAspecialist@FoundingFamilyLines.com.

 Up-coming scheduled classes and events.


Visual Phasing

Presentation to be given 8 September 2018 at the RootsTech2019

Visual phasing is a technique that uses DNA tests from three siblings to map out the DNA they received from their four grandparents. If you have been DNA- testing your family members, or would like to put those tests to good use, and are interested in solving a puzzle—like so many of us are, visual phasing may be right up your alley. Bring your own DNA tests, or we can use a generic example to walk you through the setup and have some visual phasing fun!

Handout, Template(PowerPoint) & Worksheet: PDF, PowerPoint


From Spit to Screen

Presentation to be given 14 January 2019 for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy 2019

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).