The Prospect Genealogical Website was founded in November 1999 by Nathaniel Smith a descendant of many of the families of Prospect. With the help of his cousin Barry Coolen the website has developed and grown over the years.
My interest in genealogy started at home in the stories that were told to me by my grandmother Kathleen (Doherty) Coolen. A chance visit to the Nova Scotia Archives one rainy weekend and has ballooned into this website. The Prospect Genealogical Website is a project of love, making the documents that tell the story of the people of Prospect available to all researchers across the world. At over 250 years old the village continues to grow and move like the tides that come in and out along its rocky shores. I hope that you have been able to use this website, and the information it provides, in putting together your family tree.
In January 2003 Douglas R. Grant passed away at the age of 67. Doug had fallen in love with Prospect as a youth and was able to return to the village in retirement, settling with his wife in a nice home overlooking the government wharf. This website is dedicated to Doug because if it had not been for Doug this website would not have become a reality. A geologist by profession Doug recognized in me something no one had before and he encouraged me at every step whether it was to put my research online or in helping preserve the headstone at Kelly's Point. It had been a goal of Doug and I to sit down some day and write the definitive history of the areas surrounding Prospect. I hope that this website acts as a tribute to that early work.
Nathaniel Smith lives in Edmonton, Alberta and is a Certified Genealogist with a C.G. (C) certification from the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes (GIM). A graduate of Saint Mary's University in Halifax with a B.A. (Hon.) in History and a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS). Nathaniel currently works as a Senior Policy Manager with the Executive Council Office for the Government of Alberta.