Congratulations Emily Wilbur Alley for graduating with distinction from the MA Programme in English Local History at the University of Leicester! Perhaps you recognize Emily from the popular BYUtv series Questions and Ancestors. Emily has just completed another milestone in an already impressive career in the field of family history and genealogy that we just had to tell you about! She previously interned at the famed Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the prestigious New England Historic Genealogical Society Library in Boston while completing her BA degree in Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University. Stop by Emily’s booth at this year’s BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference in Provo, Utah (July 29-August 1, 2014) where she will be sharing information about the University of Leicester’s degree.
The University of Leicester in the United Kingdom is widely recognized for its graduate degrees in English Local History. The University has now added an MA degree in English Local and Family History, making it one of the only universities in the world to offer a graduate degree in family history. Full-time students can complete the MA in one year. For part-time students, the requirements are spread over two years.
While at Leicester, Emily had the opportunity to meet many like-minded individuals from around the UK. For her dissertation, she studied English Civil War military widows from her ancestral county of Lancashire covering the period 1642 to 1679. She had the opportunity to have Dr. Andrew Hopper, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, as her advisor. Emily now joins an elite group of genealogists associated with the University of Leicester, including David Hey and George Redmonds.
Current list of modules:
- Medieval Landscapes
- Understanding English and Welsh Communities and Cultures
- Family History
- Field Course
- The Local Identities and Palaeography of Early Modern England
- Community, Conflict and Change in England and Wales
You can also take classes on learning Latin. Competitive scholarships are available to Americans and international students.
- Emily Wilbur Alley’s website
- The Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester
- Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University
Note: This is an example of one of many higher-level education opportunities now available to genealogists. Others include: Boston University, the University of Strathclyde, and Brigham Young University-Idaho. Let us know what your favorite family history educational experiences are in the comments section of this post.