Suzanne Earnshaw started family history work as a hobby and decided she had a talent for the profession. She attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family History. While at the university she completed two internships. Her first internship was in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library. Suzanne was a curator on an exhibit of Gertrude Bonnin, a native American also known as Zikala-Sa. She was able to read and study an extensive series of personal letters, archival textbooks, and journal articles, and then collaborate with others to create an exhibit. Suzanne also completed an internship at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, working as a research partner to university faculty. Scotland’s history fascinated Suzanne. She was able to learn much about her own ancestry as she spent time in the archives and roaming the countryside. She was able to travel to where her ancestors had lived.
After Suzanne’s graduation from BYU, she went on to a Master’s program at the University of Limerick. She wrote her dissertation on grandparent-grandchild relationships through wills from the nineteenth century in Hindley, England. She graduated with First Class Honors in the History of Families. While a student and after graduation, Suzanne presented as a subject matter expert at several history and family history conferences.
Suzanne has been a professional genealogist for many years and has provided personal genealogical consulting for individuals, families, and businesses. One of her key projects was The Generations Project, an original series for BYU Television. For this project she conducted research to identify and document family relationships in Hawaii, the US South, and India. She has also researched records in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Norway, Germany, Belgium, and all over the United States.
Suzanne has taught at Brigham Young University and Brigham Young University-Idaho as an online instructor. She taught The Family and the Law in American History, Introduction to Family History, Research Methodologies, and Genealogical Writing.
She loves travelling and goes anywhere the research takes her to explore.