French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut is an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving French Canadian and Acadian genealogy and family history.
Holdings of the FCGSC library comprise approximately 3,000 books in both French and English. These include lists of birth, marriage, and death entries transcribed from Quebec parish records; an extensive collection of books, notes and miscellaneous source materials on Acadian genealogy compiled by the noted Acadian specialist Father Hector Hebert; and a file of birth, marriage and death records of descendants of French-Canadians and Acadians in Connecticut, extracted from local town, parish, and newspaper records. Library patrons have access to Ancestry.com and other online resources.
Use of the library is free to members. Non-members may use the library for a research fee of $5 per day.
Onsite Collections only
Vital Records substitutes – baptisms, marriages, and burials recorded in the sacramental journals kept by the priests of individual parishes. These records exist for nearly all parishes and time periods back to the beginnings of New France in the 1600s. Because baptismal records normally contain the date of the person’s birth, and burial records contain the date of death, these are valuable substitutes for state or federal vital records which do not exist for Canada before the 20th century. Our records are indexed alphabetically by county and then by parish. If your information only includes the name of the town where an event took place, you can search the internet for the town name to find the county.
Main Reference Materials
- Acadian Reference Collection
- Biography Collections & Dictionaries
- City Directories
- Circulating Library
- Information File
- Local History
- Miscellaneous Reference Materials
- NEHGS Register, 1847 – Present
- Parish Repertoire Collection
- Report of the Archivist of the Province of Quebec, 1900-1955?? [in French]
- Special Collections