Much has been written on the Fathers of Confederation who represented Prince Edward Island. But what about their direct descendants? Who are they? And where do they live today? To what extent has their ancestor’s role in Canadian Confederation been translated through the generations? Is that role celebrated in their family culture?
In celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, the PEI Genealogical Society (PEIGS) launched an exciting project to answer these questions and more. The project title was: Genealogy of the PEI Fathers of Confederation.
Thanks to funding from PEI 2014, the Society researched and documented the descendants of the seven PEI Fathers of Confederation, and provided an opportunity for them to connect with each other and learn more about the lives of their famous ancestors.
The PEIGS prepared genealogies for the families of each of the Island Charlottetown Conference participants. Copies of the genealogies and the research notes were deposited with the Public Archives and Records Office for posterity and future reference. Interesting stories about the Fathers and descendants were included to enhance the genealogy charts and bring the Fathers to life for today’s generation.
The results of this project – genealogy plus human interest stories – proved to be of widespread interest to Island as well as to off-Island descendants and beyond. You can see the results by clicking on the Dropdown menu under Our 2014 Project.