Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies

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Welcome to the University of Strathclyde’s Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies (SIGS).

The 2016 Institute of Genealogical Studies will take place from 27 June - 01 July 2016 on campus at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.


For 2016, there are three main course topics, with sessions on each topic running every day over one week.  Detailed information about the programme for each topic is given in the links below:

Course topics for 2016:

The schedule for each course topic will be:

9.00 - registration/welcome for class participants.
9.30-1.00 - lectures (a tea/coffee break will be scheduled in)
1.00-2.00 - lunch
2.00-4.00 - lectures
4.00-4.30 - discussion of optional homework and/or general Q&A.

9.00 - registration/welcome for class participants
9.30-3.00 - lectures (a tea/coffee break and a lunch break will be scheduled in).

Teaching Staff

Information on instructors for the courses is listed below:

Practical Applications of Genetic Genealogy

British Military Research

Irish Resources and Research Techniques 

Evening Activities

Optional evening events bring additional opportunities for learning and enjoyment. These optional evening activities will be free but you must RSVP for them as spaces are limited. Places are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are two evening walks offered - please RSVP by emailing with your name and the name of the walk(s) you wish to attend.

For each walk, meet by the front steps at the Graham Hills building, 40 George Street.

Tuesday, June 28 6.00pm

Military manoeuvres

Eyes right for a quick march through the city centre, on the trail of monuments, street names and buildings connected with Glasgow, Scottish and imperial military history. We’ll see statues commemorating the hero of the Battle of Corunna in the Peninsular War, the commander of “the thin red line” at the Battle of Balaclava, and the author of “Ye Mariners of England”. We’ll also visit the site of the mansion where Prince Charles Edward Stuart stayed in 1745, and see street names celebrating Admiral, Lord Nelson’s many victories.

Wednesday, June 29 6.00pm

Iuncti Progrediamur (Let us go forward together)

Glasgow, one of the great Victorian cities of the United Kingdom, has a remarkably well-preserved town centre with a range of attractive buildings that reflect the taste and wealth of their promoters. As well as the buildings themselves, their architects and sculptors have left us another legacy, in the sculpted detail that distinguish one banking hall from another, or council offices from court houses. Prominent among these details are heraldic forms and elements, which will be the focus of this walk.

Bring binoculars or zoom cameras.

Walk Leader: Dr Ronnie Scott

Ronnie is a cultural historian with a particular interest in the history of Glasgow. He teaches local and family history to adults at the University of Strathclyde, and is also a widely-experienced city walk leader.


Registration & Fees

2016 Fees:

Each of the 3 course topics run over 5 days.  The standard fee per course day is £90.


Early Bird - for bookings before 01 May 2016 each course day fee is £80.

University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Genealogical Studies programme alumni and current students of the programme receive a 10% discount on tuition (in addition to the early bird discount, if applicable). NB If you select this discounted rate when booking you will be required to provide your current student registration number, or your year and level of award.

A schedule of fees is available for quick reference (pdf): SIGS fee schedule 


Registration is now available via the University's Online Shop.

There are limited places available. If a course reaches capacity, you can request to be added to the waiting list. Cancellations do occur and you will be notified in the order in which you asked to be placed on the waitlist. Contact the Programmes Administrators at for further information regarding the waiting list.

Cancellation/Refunds: There are limited places available, so we ask that participants contact us as soon as possible in the event they need to cancel their place. Delegates will be granted a full refund of tuition fee on cancellations made before 9am GMT on Monday 13 June 2016. Cancellations made after this date/time will be entitled to no more than 75% of tuition paid. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after 12-noon on Friday 24 June 2016.

Where We Are & Local Information

All courses will be held in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL), which is located at:

Level 7 (CLL Reception)
Graham Hills Building
40 George Street
G1 1QE


For those unfamiliar with the Campus and its surrounding area, we have provided further information at the links below:

Campus Maps

About Glasgow

Accommodation Information

On-Campus Accommodation

A limited number of on-campus accommodation is available for SIGS delegates to book. These single ensuite are available to book for the nights of Sunday 26 - Thursday 30 June at a cost of around £210 inc. VAT.  

Please note that on-campus accommodation can only be booked for the full five-night block (26 - 30 June).  Please see link below to book on-campus accommodation via our online shop.

 On-Campus Accommodation


Other Accommodation

There are a number of accommodation options available within Glasgow City Centre and the surrounding area.

List of Nearby Hotels

Registration for 2016 is now open.

Keep checking back on this webpage, as we share more information about the programme. Each of the drop down options above will lead you to more information. Please feel free to explore them all.


The instructors are experienced genealogical researchers, educators, and writers who bring their expertise into the classroom with case studies and problem solving exercises. Please see the Teaching Staff tab for a list of instructors. Students will come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all have a love of genealogy and for learning how to take their family history practice to the next level.


Intermediate to advanced level genealogical classes (non-credit bearing) which incorporate hands-on learning in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. A variety of classes will be offered over the week, incorporating different themes. Topics are:

  • British Military Research
  • Irish Resources and Research Techniques
  • Practical Applications of Genetic Genealogy

There are sessions offered on each topic over five days. The on-campus format offers the chance for socialising during meals and optional evening events bring additional opportunities for learning and enjoyment.


Monday 27 June to Friday 01 July 2016 in Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning. (Please see Where We Are tab for directions to the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde.)


Face to face genealogical institutes and other such learning opportunities have been popular for years in the United States but there are few opportunities for such learning in the United Kingdom. Professional genealogists have asked us for in-depth genealogical education on a variety of topics and we aim to offer a number of high quality classes to fill this need. Intermediate to advanced level hobby level genealogists are also very welcome on the classes.


You can book your place at the Summer Institute now, using the link to our Online Shop provided under the Registration & Fees tab.

Genealogical Studies Programme

The Centre for Lifelong Learning offers Postgraduate Courses in Genealogical Studies

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Summer Institute, please contact us at:

Tel: 0141 548 2392