About Emily

I descend from a long line of genealogists and grew up hearing the stories of my ancestors.  During my teenage years, I enjoyed volunteering as a docent at This is the Place State Park, sharing the stories of Utah’s pioneer heritage with thousands of visitors each summer. I went on to graduate with a Bachelors from Brigham Young University in Family History with a minor in Business Management, and later received a Masters in English Local History with Distinction from the University of Leicester.

I enjoy all aspects of genealogical involvement, including teaching, transcribing, and especially research.  I excel in stratagem and creative search methods.  I always welcome new clients and would be pleased to assist you in any way I can.


  • MA with Distinction in English Local History, University of Leicester, 2014
  • BA in Family History – Genealogy (Minor in Business Management), Brigham Young University, 2003


  • Private client researcher, 2004-current
  • Consultant for Ancestor Seekers, 2019-current
  • Editor and Genealogist for Price Genealogy, 2004-current
  • Researcher for BYU TV show Relative Race, 2023
  • Adjunct Online Faculty for Brigham Young University – Idaho, 2015-2022
  • Continuing Education Instructor for Weber State University, 2016
  • Board of Directors for Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), 2007
  • PAF 5.2 Instructor for Davis County Continuing Education, 2006-07
  • British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library, 2004-06
  • Host of TV and radio show Questions and Ancestors, 2004
  • Genealogy Help Team at Ancestry, 2003-04
  • Intern at the Family History Library, 2002
  • Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002
  • Intern at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002
  • Teaching Assistant at Brigham Young University, 2000-03


  • Northern Kentucky Family History Conference, October 2021: “Finding Irish Immigrants,” “Finding Scottish Immigrants”
  • RootsTech, 2020: “You CAN do Irish Genealogy,” “ScotlandsPeople 101”
  • Weber State University, 2016: “Intro to English/Welsh Genealogy,” “Intro to Scottish Genealogy,” “Intro to Irish Genealogy”
  • Murray Family History Fair, 2012: “Top 20 British Websites Used in Genealogy”


  • “The Great Blow: examinations and informations relating to the Great Blow in Norwich 1648,” edited by Andrew Hopper, Jean Agnew, and Emily Wilbur Alley, [Norfolk, England] Norfolk Record Society, 2018.
  • [Dissertation] “A Humble Petition: Lancashire War Widows, 1642-1679”, University of Leicester, 2014.
  • “British Immigrants Projects.” Utah Genealogical Association Genealogical Journal.  Vol. 31, No. 3 (2003): 138-140.


  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, 2015
  • John Nicholls Prize, essay contest, University of Leicester, 2014
  • Open Scholarship, University of Leicester, 2012
  • Fulbright Scholarship Runner-Up, University of Leicester, 2012
  • Young Family Historian of the Year Award, Brigham Young University, 2006
  • ORCA research grant, emigration study in the British Isles, Brigham Young University, 2003
  • ORCA research grant, family history research in Maine, Brigham Young University, 2002
  • Mansfield Internship Scholarship to NEHGS, Brigham Young University, 2002
  • Academic Scholarship, Brigham  Young University, 1999-2003