Tahitia McCabe

Tahitia McCabe


  • United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Tahitia McCabe is the Head of the Strathclyde Institute for Genealogical Studies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I provide leadership in identifying new research projects and funding, creating new courses, events and collaborative opportunities. I also contribute to the Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies masters degree,

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 Register for Qualified Genealogists, the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Academic / Professional 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.

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.

Teaching Interests

  • 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 Lifelong 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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PG Certificate Advanced Academic Studies (Academic Practice), University of Strathclyde

1 Sept 20148 Sept 2017

Award Date: 8 Sept 2017

PG Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies, University Of Strathclyde

5 Oct 200810 Oct 2009

Master of Librarianship, Syracuse University

1 Jul 19981 Jun 2000

Bachelor of Arts, History, Southern Oregon University

15 Sept 198510 Jun 1990

Bachelor of Fine Art, Theatrical Costume Design, Southern Oregon University

15 Sept 198510 Jun 1990


  • Migration
  • American history
  • Genealogy


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