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 few years I’ve volunteered on the SLIG committee.

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 6 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 was the first UGA DNA Special Interest Group Committee Chair and served on the UGA Board of Directors. I love helping others who have an interest in genealogy use biology, and genetics to gain the confidence needed 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.