My Account

Terrence Punch, C.M., M.A., D.Litt., F.I.G.R.S., CG(C)

Terrence Terry Punch, a retired educator, was an award-winning professionally accredited Canadian genealogist and historian who specialized in immigration from Ireland, Germany, and Montbéliard by the Foreign Protestants (Huguenot Protestants from the French-Swiss border area). For many years he also hosted a program on CBC public radio. He was born 15 January 1937 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and died there in April 11, 2017.

Terry first graduated from Saint Mary's in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma in Journalism. The following year, he completed a Bachelor of Education degree. He returned to Saint Mary's University and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1972. He then completed a second graduate degree at Dalhousie University in 1977. Finally in 2012, he received a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Saint Mary's University.

Terry then spent 29 years teaching secondary school in Halifax. and was honoured in 1983 with the National Award of Canadian History and Social Science Teacher of the Year. During his career in education he was involved in curriculum development with the provincial task force in Junior High Social Studies. Throughout his career, his passion for history extended beyond the walls of his classroom.

A certified genealogist since 1983, he was involved in historical study, investigation, and preservation with a large variety of institutions and organizations. He was the chairperson of the International Irish Research Seminar, Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes, and trustee of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. He was the sole Canadian member of the advisory board of Passenger and Immigration Lists Project.

Terry had also been honoured for his heritage work and historical writing. He had contributed to various magazines and authored a number of publications. He also continued to teach in a variety of different venues including conferences throughout Canada and the United States, Elderhostel, and lectures for Elder Learners at Dalhousie University. 

Terry was later also honoured with the very prestigious 2010 Order of Canada presented personally by Governor General David Johnson on September 16, 2011.

Some Foreign Protestants families in Terry’s family tree: Nieforth, Reinhart, Wüst, Creaser, Ritcey, Heiner, Heuberger, Harnisch, Weihnacht, Meyer (German), and Glaussen (Frisian), Hutt/Hatt and Moser (Swiss).

For more information about Terry Punch, please see his People Profile.  See also some of his Publications.