Monday 10 October 2011

Genealogist receives Canada's highest civilian award

A senior member of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) was recently invested with the Order of Canada for his services to genealogy.

Dr Terrence Punch has written several books about genealogical research in Canada, including Genealogist’s Handbook for Atlantic Canada Research, Genealogical Research in Nova Scotia, and Erin’s Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada (a multi volume series of books), and is also a regular broadcaster on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon where he answers callers questions and queries about genealogy. He is a Fellow of the IGRS, and is a regular and knowledgable contributer to the Society's Newsletter and Journal.

The official photo below was taken during the investiture ceremony in Ottawa with Terry third from the right, in the second from back row. "I thought that our being beneath the portrait of Victoria Regina was a propos, since it was in her reign my great grandfather came from Cork to Nova Scotia," he said.

The Order of Canada is Canada's highest civilian award.