RQG Student Prizes

17 Nov, 2021

RQG Student Prizes

Every year the Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) award prizes (£50 book tokens via Amazon) to students studying at Diploma or Master’s level at the three institutions which are affiliated to RQG:

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The University of Dundee

The University of Strathclyde.

The Register of Qualified Genealogists is a professional body which provides, and makes public, a record of genealogists whose members hold a recognised qualification in the field of genealogy. The prizes are awarded in recognition of those students who achieved the top mark for their final project/thesis at Diploma/Licentiate level and the MSc level dissertation.

Sadly, this year, due to the pandemic and archive closures, the University of Dundee was unable to supply a student name for the prize because a number of students being unable to complete their studies within the academic year.

Prize winners for the academic year ending 2020-2021 are:

Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies

Qualification: Licentiateship of The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (L.H.G.)

Clare Pilkington

“Challenges with Ancestral Research in North Yorkshire: a case study of Low Row and Feetham in Swaledale”.


University of Strathclyde

Qualification: MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies – tied first place

William Lyon-Dalberg-Acton

“What is the genealogical value of the late 17th century ledgers of the scrivener-banker Sir Robert Clayton and the goldsmith-banker Sir Richard Hoare?”.


University of Strathclyde

Qualification: MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies – tied first place

Jennifer Banks

“How valuable are prison logs for genealogical research? A case study of prisoners listed in the District of Columbia, Prison Logs 1917-1919”.


University of Strathclyde

Qualification: Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies – tied first place

Rosemary Kopittke

“‘Indirect’ emigrants from Hamburg to Australia in the 1870s: Who took this route and to which Australian ports did they travel?”.


University of Strathclyde

Qualification: Diploma in Genealogical, Palaeographic & heraldic Studies – tied first place

Nikki Wurlitzer

“Who were the boarders at the Girls Friendly Society’s (GFS) Home of Rest at Winchester House, Isle of Wight (1901-1911), and what was their journey to the Home?”

Congratulations to this year’s winners for achieving well-deserved recognition for their hard work during a particularly challenging year!

Clare O'Grady

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