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Dr. Phyllis R. Blakeley Award 2012

2012-05-10_040-PeterCrowell-BillGreenlaw-CatherineArseneau-Blakeley-3-croppedPeter Crowell, Argyle Township Court House and Archives, and Bill Greenlaw, NS Dept. of Communities, Culture & Heritage, being presented with their wall plaque by Catherine Arseneau, President of CNSA.

Left to right: Bill Greenlaw, Peter Crowell and Catherine Arseneau

The 2012 Phyllis R. Blakeley Award was presented to the Argyle Township Court House and Archives for their project “An Acadian Parish Reborn. Post-Deportation Argyle – First 50 Years of Catholic Parish Records 1799-1849.” This was a partnered project with the Nova Scotia Archives who provided the technical support to host the project online. The project involved the creation of a database/finding aid to improve access to Argyle’s early Catholic Parish records. Containing 4575 records, the database can be used to find the names of all Roman Catholics baptized, married, or buried in the Argyle Township between 1799 and 1849. In addition to providing an open and easily accessible search tool, the site also includes digitized copies of the original parish registers, typed transcriptions of the originals, a surname index that includes family name variations, as well as an article providing historical background and context.