Dr. Terrence Punch
Born in Halifax, Terry was educated at St. Mary’s University where he earned a B.A. and Diploma in Journalism (1964), a B.Ed. cum laude (1965), and an M.A. (1972), with a thesis on the Nova Scotia government 1749-1848. In 1977 he received a second M.A. in History from Dalhousie University, with a thesis about the Irish adaptation to Halifax from 1815 to 1871. In 2000, St. Mary’s University awarded the degree of D. Litt., honores causae.
From 1965 to 1994 he taught History in Halifax. He is resident genealogist for CBC Maritime Noon and he did the background historical and genealogical research for the segment of CBC's TV series "Who Do you Think You Are?" devoted to the family connections of General Lewis MacKenzie.
He is a regular columnist in Saltscapes, and The Seniors’ Advocate. He presided at the dedication of the Montbéliard Memorial at Lunenburg in 1988, and was featured speaker at the Foreign Protestant Memorial unveiling in 2003. He has served as president of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, secretary of the Federation of Nova Scotia Heritage, president of the Charitable Irish Society, and was the founding president and later series editor of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia. He was founding chairman of the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes, Canada’s earliest professional accreditation board in the field of genealogy. He is an active member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, the South Shore Genealogical Society, and is a sociétaire de la Société d’Émulation de Montbéliard.
His publications include Irish Halifax: the Immigrant Generation, 1815-1859; Religious Marriages in Halifax, 1768-1841; Some Sons of Erin in Nova Scotia; and four volumes of Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1751-1863. He has written eight entries for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. His articles and reviews - several hundred in number - have appeared in journals in the United States, Ireland, England, Germany and France, as well as in Canada. He has spoken to conferences in eight provinces and several states. He wrote several items for the online Genealogical Tips produced by the Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore.
Dr. Ken Paulsen
Kenneth Paulsen was born and raised in Massachusetts. He holds a doctorate in Canadian History from the University of Maine at Orono, with two Bachelors of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a Fulbright scholar at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Canadian Embassy Graduate Fellow and the 1992 Winthrop Pickard Bell Fellow in Canadiana at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member in the History Department at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Kenneth is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, the South Shore Genealogical Society, the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum. The majority of his ancestors were Foreign Protestant settlers in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. Kenneth’s paternal grandfather’s ancestry is Danish and Swedish while his paternal great grandmother’s ancestry is Prince Edward Island Scottish and Loyalist.
Mr. Ralph Getson
Ralph grew up beside the fair LaHave in the community of Upper LaHave, Lunenburg County. His family have been involved in the fishing industry since the 1750s. Ralph graduated from Centre Consolidated High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education degree from Saint Mary’s University. For the past 28 years he has been the Curator of Education at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where he is responsible for school and public programmes, exhibits and research. He has a keen interest in the history of shipping and shipbuilding on the LaHave River.