Parrsboro students awarded for family tree projects

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Local genealogical group announces Grade 8 winners

PARRSBORO – Local Grade Eight boys know their family history. And the girls aren’t bad either.
Members of the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society’s genealogical group visited Parrsboro Regional High School on Friday to award several Grade Eight students for their participation in a family tree project that saw them make use of the society’s resources at Ottawa House museum.
Winners who received a framed certificate and a Tim Hortons card were Austin Ellis, Nick Leopold, Iain Odlin and Jason Riemersma, while honourable mentions went to Ashley Hamel, Victoria McLellan, Megan Ripley and Rebecca Wagstaff.
“We were very impressed with the work that you did,” society member Harriet McCready told the students. “Some of you had a real passion in your eyes about what you had learned. Your presentation, the artifacts you brought in, and the depths of your research were just wonderful.”
Each student traced their family tree back a few generations, and completed their project by interviewing family members, and presenting stories, artifacts and maps with their presentations.
There were 38 entries in total, according to teacher Ann Kernohan. It is hopes that at least some of the projects will be displayed at Ottawa House.
“As an amateur genealogist, I was really thrilled, and so were the others,” McCready told the students. “We would love to see you down at Ottawa House, and if you want to pursue an interest in genealogy, there are people who can help you with that.”

Winners of the Parrsboro Regional High School Grade Eight family tree project were awarded by Parrsborough Shore Historical Society member Harriet McCready on June 21: (front, from left) Jason Riemersma, Iain Odlin, Nick Leopold, Austin Ellis, (back) Victoria McLellan, Megan Ripley, Rebecca Wagstaff and Ashley Hamel.

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  • Bill Trewin
    June 22, 2013 - 04:23

    Congratulations to everyone who participated. What a great project.