Kenneth 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, he is an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, Massachusetts.  Kenneth is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia, and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society.  While on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, he was a subject area specialist in Nova Scotia and Foreign Protestant genealogy.  He assisted in the development of their Nova Scotia genealogical collection.  The majority of his ancestors were foreign Protestant settlers in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia.  Kenneth’s paternal grandfather’s ancestry is Danish and Swedish while his paternal great grandmother’s ancestry is Prince Edward Island Scottish and Loyalist.

Genealogical Research

The genealogical research presented on this website has been thoroughly researched and documented.  More detailed research is available from the author.  If you have any comments or questions, please contact Dr. Paulsen at:

The Emoneau Murders of 1791: New book by Kenneth Paulsen.  The book is available for purchase from

Global Heritage Press.

The Annotated Trial of George Frederick Boutelier and John Boutelier for the Murder of Frédéric Emoneau [Eminaud] and his family, with genealogies of the Emoneau and Boutelier families.

“The murder of the Emoneau (Eminaud) family in 1791 has fascinated genealogists and amateur historians for decades. The Emoneau deaths of 1791 at the hands of two Boutilier brothers were the first murders in Lunenburg since the community had been settled in 1753. The nature of the murders and the trial have been viewed as controversial since evidence to convict the Boutilier brothers was largely circumstantial and scant at best. Interestingly, the lawyer for the Crown published the transcript of the trial in 1791, but the trial faded from memory until 1895 when historian and judge Mather Byles DesBrisay published the History of the County of Lunenburg in which he devoted five pages summarizing the unfortunate events of March 1791. This summary of the murder and trial revived interest in the murders that persists into the 21st century.”