Mrs Tahitia McCabe

Head Of S I G S

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Personal statement

Tahitia McCabe is the the Knowledge Exchange Fellow for the Postgraduate Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Programme and the Lead Tutor for the PG Certificate Programme. This means I take the lead on the postgraduate programme management, promote the courses generally and do long range planning. I also run the PG Certificate programme on a day to day basis. Education I hold a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in costume design and a BA in History from Southern Oregon State College. I have a MLS (Masters in Library Science) from Syracuse University in upstate New York. I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. I did the PG Certificate the second year the course was running and the Diploma the year after. They asked me back to teach and I’ve been here ever since! In 2002, I won a Fulbright Fellowship to the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich, Norfolk (http://www.2ndair.org.uk/) and spent two fabulous years as the ‘American Librarian’ doing outreach to community groups, giving lectures in local schools and hosting returning US WWII veterans. Not surprisingly as an immigrant myself, migration is one of my key research interests and I am currently focusing on Americans in Scotland during the 19th century. I’ve also been tracing my American ancestors for years helped by my ancestors’ interest in the subject and verifying this earlier work has been an interesting process. I am a member of the New England Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Qualifications

I hold a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in costume design and a BA in History from Southern Oregon State College (Now Southern Oregon University). I have a MLS (Masters in Library Science) from Syracuse University in upstate New York.

I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde. I did the PG Certificate the second year the course was running and the Diploma the year after.

Teaching

  • Lead tutor for the PG Certificate in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic studies.
  • A tutor for the PG Certificate, Diploma and MSc levels of the Genealogical Studies Programme.
  • Lead educator for the FutureLearn MOOC 'Genealogy: reseaching your family tree'
  • I also teach on the Centre for Lilfelong Learning's adult learning courses, including our on-campus 8-week introduction to genealogy course and various summer short courses

Areas of PhD supervision

PhD supervision can be offered in these areas:

  • Migration/immigration
  • American/Canadian topics
  • British genealogical topics with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Other genealogical topics for the English speaking world.

 

Research interests

My research interests include migration and immigration. I am particularly interested in tracing and studying Americans resident in Scotland during the 19th century.

I am also interested in American and Canadian areas of focus and in British genealogical topics more broadly but with a basis in the 19th and 20th centuries.