American-French Genealogical Society is dedicated to the people of French-Canadian ancestry and preserves their heritage and records.

The Society is actively involved in extracting, collating, and publishing Franco-American vital statistics, parish registers, burial records, and other data consistent with our culture. Our progressive leadership, assembled from a cross-section of our membership, is dedicated to the continued growth of the Society and the preservation of French-Canadian culture in the United States. Long- and short-range plans include broadening the Society’s horizons, increasing its capability to direct research, and facilitating its members’ search for their ancestors.
 

Online Collections

Hessian Marriages in Quebec – free downloadable database

 

Onsite Collections & some Online Collections for Members

AFGS provides a number of services to members and non-members.  An overview of services can be found below. Click on each section for more information.

  • Library – Review our vast list of resources including AFGS and other books and publications, public records, other research materials, microfilm, CDs and computers.
  • Film Room – View approximately 6,800 microfilms and some microfiche on file for your viewing. This is made up of many collections, first and foremost is our prestigious Drouin Institute microfilms, as well as other collections listed in the Film Room Holdings section.
  • Research – Request research for French Canadian ancestry, vital records, or copies of microfilm records.
  • Databases – Access our database of surname variation or link to the Rhode Island cemeteries database.  Members receive online access to indices and additional databases. 
  • Obituaries – Access nearly 200 volumes with 500 pages in each volume from all over the country.
  • Computers and Wi-Fi – Learn about our computers and databases.
  • King’s Daughters – Celebrate the anniversary of the King’s Daughters  arrival in Quebec.
  • Family History Center – The American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) is a Family History Center affiliate library. The designation means Society members and the public will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through Family History Library.
  • Acadian Heritage – Our aim is to highlight genealogical sources, historical events and places, language, food, music and joie de vivre typical of this group, to shed light on what may be a difficult area of your family history research.
  • DNA/Genetics – FamilyTreeDNA is offering AFGS members occasional discounts for DNA tests. By placing your order at the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) ordering page on FamilyTreeDNA you help the society earn money.

 

Membership

Members of the American-French Genealogical Society are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Access to the Research Library, which is open every Monday, 11 am – 4 pm, every Tuesday, 1 pm to 9 pm, and Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. (Closed Saturdays during July)
  • Right to attend the annual business meeting including election of the slate for board of directors.  The meeting is held on a Saturday morning in October.
  • Members have access to Je Me Souviens filled with resources for genealogists, member-submitted stories about their research and ancestors and much more on the members-only area on this web site.
  • New members receive individual assistance and training from experienced and highly competent members.
  • Members unable to conduct their own research can utilize the resources of the library through the Research Committee, a staff of experienced researchers available at low member rates.

Membership FeesUS – $35  Outside US – $45

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