Kenneth S. Paulsen, Ph.D.: Director & Managing Genealogist & Historian

Kenneth S. Paulsen 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, Kenneth is an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts. and is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. 

Kenneth over the years has also volunteered very graciously his time as a board member to the South Shore Genealogical Society, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Additionally, he was very active in the 2003 Lunenburg 250 Year Anniversary celebrations. His local community involvement is based upon his life's passion as the majority of his ancestors were Foreign Protestant settlers in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.  His paternal grandfather’s ancestry is Danish and Swedish while his paternal great grandmother’s ancestry is Prince Edward Island Scottish and Loyalist.

Prior NEHGS Experience:

Kenneth functioned first at the Society as part-time associate (1987-1991) where he assisted in completing the purchases of the major items for the NEHGS Canadian collection (especially for Nova Scotia) which had been funded in the late 1980's with a grant from the Donner Foundation.  He later also functioned as a resource person focusing upon Nova Scotia from June 1993 to June 1996.

Current Society Experience:

Kenneth has most graciously volunteered his time as the Society's Managing Genealogist and Historian. His extensive genealogical and studies of the Foreign Protestants when coupled with his active involvement with several important Nova Scotian genealogical societies have proven to indispensable in developing successfully the Society.  His involvement has been most invaluable in developing an accurate genealogical and historical approach in us helping us to better advance the potential economic value of ancestral and heritage sensitive tourism to Nova Scotian rural historical communities.

Settlement and Ethnicity in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, 1753-1800: A History of the Foreign-Protestant Community, Kenneth's doctoral thesis in Canadian History, is recognized by most scholarly experts as the most definitive research on how Lunenburg became Canada's first successful multicultural and multilingual non-English speaking rural community created in 1753 by the Foreign Protestants settlers (German, Swiss, and French.) As the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America, this emerging community melded the natural traits of hard work and resilience of its multicultural and multilingual non-Roman Catholic and non-Anglican first immigrants into Nova Scotia’s first successful commercial Town outside of Halifax.