Nina Pyne
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Nina Pyne

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Nina M. Pyne aka Di Rocco
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Mother of [private son (1980s - unknown)], [private son (1980s - unknown)] and [private son (1980s - unknown)]
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Although I was born in Nova Scotia, I have lived most of my life in Ontario. After over 30 years as a college professor, I am now retired and working on my family history. My mother, Laura Pothier was an Acadian from the Yarmouth area, and I still have many relatives there, some of whom are interested in recording the family history. Most of this family have a good oral history and can recite their paternal lines for many generations. The women of the family are harder to trace. Quite a while ago, I was given a family genealogy for the Surette and Pothier families, that I believe to be notes from Clarence and Leandre D'Entremont, accessible at Musee Acadien. Using this genealogy as a base, and with the help of various family members, I have been able to fill in quite a few gaps. One of my special interests is to try to trace what happened to the deported.

I was educated in French, so I can follow many of the original documents. I have good research and computer skills, and I enjoy following the clues. . Now that I have most of the pertinent names and dates, I would like to fill in as many biographical details as I can. Providing reliable sources has been a challenge, but that's one of the next steps. I have had my DNA tested through 23andme. com and I have been able to help DNA cousins find some connections. I am lucky to start with such a good base and to have family that can fill in some of the questions.

My father's family,Stanley Pyne have lived in the Annapolis Valley for many generations. I thought we were mostly English until I received my DNA which showed a strong German/Swiss background. My grandmother, Flora Banks Pyne, Banks-1375 who had an interest in family history, gave me a box of photos, clippings, correspondence, etc., in the hopes that I would work on a family tree. I don't have any immediate family remaining there, so I thought it would be harder to work on this genealogy; however, I've had quite a few people (some of them cousins) contact me on WikiTree with additional info on the Pyne, Banks, Beeler, Robar, and Dukeshire families of the Annapolis Valley. FamilySearch is very helpful in providing immigration and other records available from the New England States where many of these ancestors travelled across the border, some to visit and others to settle.

My next step is to work on filling in the biographies of some of these families, and to include some of the photos from Grandma's album. Another step is to find and link to credible sources. I have been able to find quite a lot of information from published family histories which are becoming available online.Military records are also becoming available, as well as I am still trying to find the origin of the first Pyne/Pine in Annapolis Valley. A revisit to these sites usually turns up a new bit of info.

Once I have a rounded profile of most of my Nova Scotia families, I would like to connect their stories with historical events of the day. Linking to other WikiTree profiles reveals so many interesting connections. It's great to see this one WikiTree family coming together.

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The Global Cemeteries Project is currently undergoing our member check-in and wanted to verify that you are still active and interested in being a member of the project. Are you currently assigned to or working with one of our Cemetery Teams? If not, is there a particular Team or area you are interested in participating with? I would be delighted to help you get setup in one or more of our collaborative teams!

We use Google Groups for internal project collaboration, so if you are not yet setup for access feel free to submit a join request and we will get that approved as quick as possible. We also ask that members check their followed tags to make sure you are following the correct project tag (CEMETERIES) so you don't miss any discussions in G2G.

Last, but not least, we would like to thank you for all of your contributions to WikiTree and let you know that any ideas or suggestions for improvement you may have for the Global Cemeteries Project would greatly appreciated!

I look forward to hearing form you soon!

Steve ~Global Cemeteries Project Leader

posted by Steven Harris
Hi, Nina

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. We are delighted that you wish to continue contributing to the Acadia Project. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the] for ways to contribute.

2) Added Acadia to the tags you follow.

3) PMed the project leaders with your email address to be added to the [1].

4) Bookmarked the [2] to monitor the project watchlist.

Thank you!

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Nina

Thank you so much for responding to our check-in. As you wish to continue contributing to the Canada project, we are happy. Below is a quick checklist for active members. The project leaders would like you to make sure you have done the following:

1) Checked the Project Page for ways to contribute

2) Added CANADA to the tags you follow.

3) PM the project leaders with your email address to be added to the Google Group

4) Bookmarked the Activity Feed to monitor the project watchlist

Thank you

Janet~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hello Nina,

On behalf of the Acadia Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. Please let me know if you are still active, and if so, in which ways you have contributed to the project, or a sub-project, within the last two months.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Karen ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hello Nina

On behalf of the Canada Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active in the Canada project. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Janet ~ Volunteer Coordinator


If you joined the project only to show your connection to an ancestor, please consider using a Canada Stickers on your profile instead of the project badge

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Thanks for your info on Abigail Metcalf and her possible marriage to Lt. Slocombe. I've updated her bio to show the possibility. I appreciate the follow up and the source, however tentative. I'll keep her attached to him as long as nothing comes up to prove otherwise.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
Hi Nina,

We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.

Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.

Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.

Many thanks,


Leader, Global Cemeteries

posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Hi Nina,

Greg Lavoie, Dave Rutherford and I have put a lot of work into restructuring the Canada Project. Have a look at the new project page.

You'll see that we've changed the project name to the Canada Project and the badge will be changed shortly. We've done this in order to provide lots of ways for people to contribute to Canadian Profiles. We've also moved towards a team approach with top level teams being lead by Project Coordinators and sub-teams being lead by Team Leaders.

Would you like to continue in the Canada Project, and if so, which team(s) would you like to be on?

Let me know if you have any questions. Once I hear back from you I'll add you to the Google group and get you set up in your team(s).


posted by Anon (MacLeod) Anon
Wonderful work cleaning up and adding to the bio of Jeremiah Moulton. What a tough start that poor guy had!
posted by E Childs
Hi Nina, Thanks for your guidance on using a merge to remove an unwanted profile. Greatly appreciated.

Don Banks

posted by Donald Banks
Thanks for your addition of a 1910 Boston address to the profile of Rebecca Banks. The familiy story for that time period is that young Rebecca had a beautiful, but untrained voice. She worked as a domestic in the Boston home of a music professor. He suggested she should take professional training to sing opera. Not something that appealed to a young farm girl from PEL.
posted by Donald Banks

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