The Register of Qualified Genealogists, (RQG) an organisation whose mission is to improve standards of professional genealogical practice, is pleased to welcome its 100th full member since its foundation in 2016, Myko Clelland. To qualify as a full member of RQG researchers must have earned suitable postgraduate degrees or diplomas from one of three accredited institutions: the Institution of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde.
Myko achieved an MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies (Distinction) at University of Strathclyde and is based mainly in London, although his job takes him to various libraries, archives and societies in towns, cities and burghs across the UK.
Having been interested in genealogy from childhood, Myko has worked for Findmypast in a number of roles since early 2012. Currently he works as regional licensing manager, bringing records from Scotland, rest of the UK and sometimes even further afield online (many for the first time) so that others, professional or otherwise, can discover their ancestors, no matter where in the world they are located. There are so many records to choose from, that Myko thinks he’ll be doing it for quite some time! Due to his own mixed heritage, he’s particularly interested personally in records from England, Wales, Scotland and Italy.
Myko is a qualified adult education teacher and has presented over 200 times on various British genealogical topics at events and institutions such as Oxford University, RootsTech, Who Do You Think You Are? Live, The National Archives (UK), National Library of Wales and more. He can next be found at the Society of Genealogists on 9 Jan 2019, multiple presentations at RootsTech 2019, The National Library of Wales on 11 May 2019 and many more!
You can find Myko as a regular guest on the Findmypast Friday Facebook broadcast, or on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/dapperhistorian.