Tahitia McCabe

Tahitia McCabe

I am a genealogist and educator based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland and am Course Leader for the MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies (distance learning).

Location Glasgow, Scotland


  • And a big thank you from me to everyone taking part...your discussions are truly what make the course so great!

  • You are welcome!

  • @LucyHorsefield - if you use Facebook, there are also many areas (rural and urban) which have FB groups devoted to their local history. Images are often shared on these.

  • Paul, I'd not come across the Underground Map Project before...what a wonderful resource. Thanks!

  • Some WWII war diaries are now available on Ancestry and these can give a sense of what was going on in a unit during a particular time period. They don't tend to give names but do often give troop movements and instructions. See: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/62376/ if you have an Ancestry account.

  • Maps are so great for enhancing your understanding of a place. I find them truly invaluable!

  • A great idea to use parish magazines...

  • Thanks, Barbara for mentioning this! I just changed this article's text to add the link to this new 6-week course we are offering with FutureLearn. At the moment, our 8-week classes on DNA are paused as we rework them due to the new free 6-week course.

  • Sheila, it's my understanding that 'present' meant the person was present in the house/building at the time of the birth. I have seen birth certificates where the registrant is noted as not being present and then they give their usual place of residence.

  • We cover an introduction to DNA testing in week 4 but for anyone wanting a more indepth course on this, my colleagues have just launched a new course on FutureLearn. See https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genetic-genealogy-researching-your-family-tree-using-dna for how to join that.

  • Those are interesting variations, Susan!

  • But there is an amazing database for folks with Icelandic ancestry...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Dslendingab%C3%B3k_(genealogical_database)

  • Katharine - the only thing you could do is contact those folks who have it incorrectly in their trees. But they will probably ignore you! This is one of the biggest issues with looking at other people's trees is that so often they are incorrect and then are upsetting.

  • It so much depends on what area of the world and time period! But we'll give some thoughts on this.

  • Hi Mick - see https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy/15/steps/1615810 where we tell you where to buy this.

  • Hi Katherine, the recording will stay up until at least March when we do the next 'supervised' run of this course. It will take little while for us to get the recording up as well - hopefully sometime next week.

  • Oh, yes, this is a wonderful series of events...well worth getting involved in!

  • See the 'Beyond 2022' project which is aiming to re-create or provide substitutes for many of the destroyed Irish records. https://beyond2022.ie/

  • This is a good point...we do take on faith that our birthday is what it is based on what we are told (until we can see our birth certificate). So, perhaps the individual is not the best source of their birth date!

  • I totally agree that corroborating information where you can is crucial!

  • Welcome everyone! I hope you've enjoyed the first week...it's great hearing about your interests and what you are interested in learning.

  • I understand - those webpages have links to organizations that support folks looking for information on adoption so might be useful to explore.

  • I personally think that these read better working forwards in time. But it really depends on the number of generations you are working with and who you are writing it for. If it's just a few generations...say 3-4 and you are included, you might start it with yourself. That would give a familiar beginning to the story if you were giving it to your children for...

  • I tend to use the most recent spelling of a surname in a family. But I always make a note of the different spellings I’ve seen. This helps me remember other spellings to use when searching. And these might not be misspellings as such as spelling can change over time quite naturally!

  • Re adoption, this depends on the country…I suspect given the likely time period that this would have been an official adoption – though this is not for sure as, for example, Scotland did not have legal/official adoption until 1930. The country in which the adoption took place should have information posted on how to search these records. Many countries...

  • I'll share this at the live stream later today...but here are some further thoughts I've had on this:

    Many archives have online catalogues which you can search to find out what they hold. Be aware that many of these have not catalogued the individual records they hold, rather they have details describing the broader collection those individual records are...

  • I'd call these 'collateral lines' and perhaps 'collateral relatives'. See https://organizeyourfamilyhistory.com/direct-vs-collateral-lines/

    Depends on who you are talking to and how recent the frustration is of not finding the answer you are looking for! I have had a number of brick walls crumble due to new records coming online, unknown relatives reaching...

  • Hi Fiona, with the Easter holiday looming before us (when the university is closed) I won't get the recording link sent to me before next week, I'm afraid! You will have access to the course for at least another two weeks though.

  • Yes, this was the Q&A function in the Zoom chat itself!

  • Hi Julie - these two courses offer different course materials. The Masters degree has some of the same info and different assignments than the 8-week course. But if you are keen on DNA, then you might want to take an 8-week course anyway as these actually go into more depth than we do on the Masters.

  • I can't find another link for this sadly...RootsTech seems to be working on their video service right now so lots of the videos are not available. It does seem like they will come back at some point though...

  • I can get into them fine but there does seem to be something up with the RootTech video archive generally as other links are not working...with a 'this service is temporarily not available'. Hopefully everything will come back soon for everyone.

  • The links to the two videos are working for me...maybe there was a glitch?

  • You might review this article from last week as there are some useful links here on learning more about archives and what records are within them. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy/13/steps/1238328 I'll also discuss this at the live stream though!

  • Hi Donna...what country is the adoption likely to have occurred in?

  • I love this series and have been re-watching it myself...thanks for highlighting it!

  • That's true! Not everything is on line...but a lot certainly is.

  • The page definitely exists and there is free access but something seems to have gone wrong in the last week. When I checked it last week, all was fine but now I'm getting the same blocked message. I'm using Firefox as a browser.

    I've clicked through to the Uni of Edinburgh's 'status and alerts' page (They host this website) and it appears that there are...

  • I have lots of these maps as well...they are great.

  • Julie - postcards are a great resource...thanks for bringing that up!

  • Ugh! What a shame...I had the same experience a few years ago. In my case, it was a hospital parking lot.

  • I also find the search options on the BNA site much better than on the Findmypast newspaper interface.