Emma MacBeath, Owner

Emma MacBeath  M.Ed, MSM


Emma is the founder and owner of Emma’s Family Treasures in the Seattle, Washington area.

As a child, watching her mother, aunt and grandparents do family research, she caught the genealogy bug over 30 years ago. For her, looking for clues to research questions has been like reading one incredible mystery novel after another! After teaching school for over a decade, she realized that both research and writing were her true passions and calling.

Emma has experience researching throughout the United States using a large variety of records, repositories and methods. Once she caught the DNA bug, Emma began to incorporate its use in her research using various programs for chromosome mapping and matching.

Emma will provide services for family lineage research, single record or single research question searches, transcription or translation, adoption cases, and instruction on various genealogical topics including the use and understanding of DNA. As a published author, she is also able to provide expertise in writing or editing your family story.

Only the highest standards of research and sound sources are used in every step of the research process.


  • Association of Professional Genealogists
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  • Master of Education, Master of Business Management, Bachelor of Science-Elementary Education, Minor in French
  • Transcription and Translation volunteer for Family Search
  • Project Coordinator for the WikiTree DNA Project, Co-Creator of the French Roots Project
  • Volunteer for WikiTree as a mentor, researcher, DNA helper and Adoption Angel


  • More than 30 years experience searching in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and several countries in Western Europe.
  • Areas of speciality include (but are not limited to): the U.S. (19th and 20th century), French-Canada, England, DNA, Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Heir Searches, Adoption Cases, Transcription of older documents, French Document Translation, and Genealogy Education

I am pleased to share with you the services provide by my two colleagues, Charlotte Shockey and Carolyn Dyess Bales.  They are not employees of Emma’s Family Treasures.  They are freelance genealogists who are self-employed.  Please see the Services Tab for their biographies and the services each offers.