MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic StudiesKelli Allen, USA

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

In 2017, I attended RootsTech (the largest genealogy conference in the world) in Salt Lake City, Utah. I knew I wanted to advance my education and receive a master’s degree in genealogy, so I researched several different postgraduate programs. At the University of Strathclyde’s booth, I met Tahitia McCabe, Alasdair Macdonald, and several Strathclyde students. After talking with the current students, I felt confident that the postgraduate program at Strathclyde would give me the best education and experience.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I loved the variety of topics that I learned about through the course. Originally, I was just excited to learn more about Scottish and English genealogical records for my own research. However, after completing the program, I now realize my favourite part was how challenging it was. The assignments, projects, and research papers took me into subjects like palaeography, heraldry, building histories, emigration, and foreign country research that I never would have learned on my own.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

Enjoy the journey! The course is rigorous, but I look back with great pride having accomplished so much. I also would encourage you to reach out to fellow students. I developed some wonderful friendships through the program.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?

My writing skills have improved immensely through this program. Before I started at Strathclyde, I would never have considered researching and writing research papers. The program gave me the skills and support to complete a dissertation.

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

The MSc distinction will allow me to teach in an adjunct capacity at local universities. I also received the designation of Qualified Genealogist (QG) through the Register of Qualified Genealogists by completing this program. The client reports, sourcing, and research techniques taught have empowered me to start my career as a professional genealogist.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

I hope to teach and mentor future students learning about genealogical research. I loved the program and would love to share my knowledge with others.