Contest Winner Discovers Her Roots in Nova Scotia

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots winner, Clare Donoghue, of Boston, is enjoying her grand prize vacation and learning more about her family’s connection to the province. Ms. Donoghue arrived in Halifax on August 8th to begin a six-day trip. Her prize included a personal session with well- known Maritime genealogist Terry Punch. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris says the Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots contest on novascotia – dot- com is just one of the innovative marketing tools the province is using to attract more visitors and build the provincial tourism industry. -30- Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots winner, Clare Donoghue, of Boston is enjoying her grand prize vacation and learning more about her family’s connection to the province. “We are very pleased to welcome Clare to Nova Scotia to learn more about her family’s history in the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots contest on novascotia.com is just one of the innovative marketing tools we are using to attract more visitors to Nova Scotia and build our provincial tourism industry.” Ms. Donoghue arrived in Halifax on Aug. 8 with her sister for a six-day trip. Her prize included a personal session with well-known Maritime genealogist Terry Punch. “For eight months my sister Linda and I have planned this exciting adventure, and we have been especially excited to meet Mr. Punch and learn more about our family history,” said Ms. Donoghue. “You never know. We may be related to royalty or someone famous!” During the session with Mr. Punch, Clare learned of her connection to the MacNeil clan, one of the original settlers from Scotland on the Isle of Barra. Though Mr. Punch did not research the lineage of Cape Breton musical royalty, Rita MacNeil or the Barra MacNeils, he did point out the possibility of a family connection. The trip is a very special one for Ms. Donoghue, who used to travel to Inverness as a child more than 40 years ago. This will be her second trip to Nova Scotia since 2009, when she began researching her family history. Ms. Donoghue was chosen by random draw in the Discover Your Nova Scotia Roots contest, which promoted Routes to Your Roots, an interactive online tool that helps people trace their history back to Nova Scotia. About 1,700 people entered the online contest by sharing their personal link to the province. More than 25 million people in North America have a family connection to Nova Scotia. For more information, go to novascotia.com.last_img read more