New Genealogy Institute


24 March 2023
Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies: With the aim of delivering academic excellence through the creation of new genealogical courses and research opportunities, the Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies has been recently established by the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.

The establishment of the Institute for Genealogical Studies builds on the existing success of the Strathclyde genealogy courses – from free online introductory learning experiences to post-graduate academic qualifications (Post-Graduate Certificate, Diploma, Master’s degree, and PhD pathway in History with Genealogical Studies).

New genealogy roles at Strathclyde

Tahitia McCabe has been appointed as Head of the new Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies. Tahitia held the position of Course Director for the Genealogical Studies Masters programme for over 9 years and brings a huge amount of knowledge and expertise to the role. 

A new Course Director, Dr Calista Williams, has also been appointed. Calista previously worked for the University of Aberystwyth’s Lifelong Learning Department where she headed up their genealogy short course programme. 

Tahitia McCabe Head of Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies, said:
‘This is an exciting time for genealogy at Strathclyde and the genealogical community. Our passion is to help those whether experienced or new to the subject to learn more, connect with each other and further their learning or research. We are well respected internationally for our programmes which gives the Institute a great start. Our aim is to create a vibrant space where genealogical learning and discourse can flourish – we are reaching out to anyone with an interest to join us on our journey’.

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New family history courses

The Institute will work with other faculties within the university to develop a thriving family history research community and new courses. The focus is ‘driven by a growing international appetite to discover ancestors, build family trees and more recently, better understand results from genetic genealogy tests. This, coupled with the research expertise and in-house knowledge ensures course content is continually refreshed with the latest documentary and genetic research findings.’

Celebratory launch event

Sir Jim McDonald

The new Institute will launch formally on Tuesday 9th May at an online showcase event where Tahitia McCabe, Head of Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies will be joined by guest speaker Professor Turi King and Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde. 

Guest speaker

Turi King (Image copyright Jonathan Sissons)

Professor King uses genetics in the fields of forensics, history, genealogy, and archaeology and is perhaps best known for her work leading the genetics and identification of the remains of King Richard III.  

Attending the online event

The online event is open to anyone with an interest in genealogy: professional genealogists, historians, librarians, archivists, family history associations

For registration and further information on the event please visit
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