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Leaders in French-Canadian, Franco-American and Acadian Genealogy

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The ACGS has compiled over 150 volumes of parish vital records (repertoires) that may contain the information your library needs.  These volumes constitute our ACGS Catalog and are available for purchase.  Click below and start stocking the shelves today!

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ACGS Library

The ACGS library has grown over the last 47 years from meeting in the founders’ living rooms to the current 2600+ sq. ft. library that today we call home. Our holdings of over 10,000 items include resources for all of New England, Northern and Hudson River Valley NY, as well as Quebec, the Maritimes and a large Acadian section. In addition to genealogy resources and media, the Library also has computer access to third party genealogy databases. We have volunteers on site to help you with your search.   We also offer research services to non-members for a fee and to our members at a discount.  Check out the Research-Services page for details!

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News & Events

New Research Rates January 2021

At their September 2020 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a new Research Price Schedule, to become effective with cases received after January 1, 2021. So, if you have research that you would like ACGS to help you with, please contact us before the end of the year to claim your work at the lower prices.

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PAPER COPIES OF THE AMERICAN-CANADIAN GENEALOGIST TO BE DISCONTINUED

At the September 20, 2020 Board of Directors’ Meeting, it was voted to discontinue printing paper copies of our journal. This will be a phased-out process, and culminates with the December 2021 edition being the last printed copy. Of course, the electronic edition will continue to be published.  For a complete breakdown of the transition from paper to electronic please click here.

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Queen City Bridge Work

We are located right off of Queen City Avenue on Sundial Avenue.  We have been informed by the city of Manchester that they will be working on bridge reconstruction starting October 2020 and it will last until sometime in 2022.  During this time, the road over the Queen City bridge will be reduced to one lane on either side.  Please keep this construction in mind when planning your trip to the library, the building is open, it just might take a few more light cycles to get through to our street.

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Election Results

THE VOTES ARE IN!

ELECTION RESULTS

          We are pleased to report the results of the recent election of the following members who will represent the Society from October 2020 through September 2021.

 OFFICERS

President – Juliet L. Smith

Vice President – Jo Zurwell

Treasurer – Christine Bard

Recording Secretary – Ronald P. Blais

Corresponding Secretary – Elaine Maurice

 DIRECTORS – TWO-YEAR TERM

Constance Hébert

Muriel Chabot Normand

Jeanne Boisvert

Robert Decoteau

DIRECTORS – ONE-YEAR TERM

Laurent Autotte

Denis Joyal

Larry Maurice

Herbert Boyce – Appointed to fill resignation of Jeanne Lundell

Stephen Lefoley – Special Appointment by the Board

 

Thank you to those who ran, and those who voted!

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Belanger Obituary Collection

ACGS member James Belanger # 4321 has graciously donated his collection of over 2600 Belanger family member obituaries from Quebec to our library. We have added these images to our completely searchable obituary database on our website.

Thank you, Jim, for this great resource for the library and those researching the Belanger family.

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Remember ACGS ALL Year Long - Use Amazon Smiles

Remember the ACGS ALL year long by going through AmazonSmile when you place your orders on Amazon.

The ACGS will receive 0.05% of your total with EVERY purchase!

Happy 2020!

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Publicity Chair Wanted

The ACGS is looking for just the right person to fill the role of Publicity Chair!  This position promotes the Society through timely releases of information to the media, and interested groups.  For more information click HERE.  If you are interested please contact Norma at Volunteer@acgs.org.

News & Events

New Research Rates January 2021

At their September 2020 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a new Research Price Schedule, to become effective with cases received after January 1, 2021. So, if you have research that you would like ACGS to help you with, please contact us before the end of the year to claim your work at the lower prices.

News & Events

PAPER COPIES OF THE AMERICAN-CANADIAN GENEALOGIST TO BE DISCONTINUED

At the September 20, 2020 Board of Directors’ Meeting, it was voted to discontinue printing paper copies of our journal. This will be a phased-out process, and culminates with the December 2021 edition being the last printed copy. Of course, the electronic edition will continue to be published.  For a complete breakdown of the transition from paper to electronic please click here.

News & Events

Queen City Bridge Work

We are located right off of Queen City Avenue on Sundial Avenue.  We have been informed by the city of Manchester that they will be working on bridge reconstruction starting October 2020 and it will last until sometime in 2022.  During this time, the road over the Queen City bridge will be reduced to one lane on either side.  Please keep this construction in mind when planning your trip to the library, the building is open, it just might take a few more light cycles to get through to our street.

News & Events

Election Results

THE VOTES ARE IN!

ELECTION RESULTS

          We are pleased to report the results of the recent election of the following members who will represent the Society from October 2020 through September 2021.

 OFFICERS

President – Juliet L. Smith

Vice President – Jo Zurwell

Treasurer – Christine Bard

Recording Secretary – Ronald P. Blais

Corresponding Secretary – Elaine Maurice

 DIRECTORS – TWO-YEAR TERM

Constance Hébert

Muriel Chabot Normand

Jeanne Boisvert

Robert Decoteau

DIRECTORS – ONE-YEAR TERM

Laurent Autotte

Denis Joyal

Larry Maurice

Herbert Boyce – Appointed to fill resignation of Jeanne Lundell

Stephen Lefoley – Special Appointment by the Board

 

Thank you to those who ran, and those who voted!

News & Events

Belanger Obituary Collection

ACGS member James Belanger # 4321 has graciously donated his collection of over 2600 Belanger family member obituaries from Quebec to our library. We have added these images to our completely searchable obituary database on our website.

Thank you, Jim, for this great resource for the library and those researching the Belanger family.

News & Events

Remember ACGS ALL Year Long - Use Amazon Smiles

Remember the ACGS ALL year long by going through AmazonSmile when you place your orders on Amazon.

The ACGS will receive 0.05% of your total with EVERY purchase!

Happy 2020!

News & Events

Publicity Chair Wanted

The ACGS is looking for just the right person to fill the role of Publicity Chair!  This position promotes the Society through timely releases of information to the media, and interested groups.  For more information click HERE.  If you are interested please contact Norma at Volunteer@acgs.org.

Featured Photograph

Caron Siblings Circa 1955

This photograph was submitted by Phyllis Caron Gagnon, fellow member of the ACGS.  This is a photo of my grandfather, Athanase Caron, with his siblings: rear, left to right Origene, Anatole, Georges Etienne, seated: Athanase, Blandine, Armand taken in approximately 1955 in Manchester, NH.

Athanase was born January 11, 1894 in Saint Boniface de Shawinigan, Comte Saint Maurice, Quebec (his twin brother died after birth). The family Immigrated to NH in 1909 and Athanase was listed as an employee of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in July of 1910, just months after his 16th birthday. His career at the AMC spanned some thirteen years.  After he left AMC, he learned the carpentry trade, working for his younger brother’s company, Caron Construction Company. He stayed with that company for many years, and then on an off-and-on basis. He also took on small jobs.  He ended his career as the caretaker at Crotched Mountain School for the Disabled, which opened in 1953.  He was the first facility caretaker and I remember visiting the construction site when he was applying for the job.  He worked for them for several years.  Eventually he retired from there.

Also, of interest, Athanase’s younger brother, Anatole (standing – center), was the founder and owner of Caron Construction Company. The company built several landmark buildings in Manchester, such as the Saint Mary’s Bank building on Amory Street; Headquarters for the Association-Canado-Americaine at 52 Concord Street; the Post Office on Hanover Street; the home of Manchester’s Mayor Trudel on North River Road; the Carpenter Library; the Masonic Temple on Elm Street; and the YWCA building on Concord Street.

Some members of the ACGS will remember Lucille Caron Lagasse.  She was one of the principals in the founding of the ACGS, as well as the daughter of Athanase Caron.

Featured Photograph

Caron Siblings Circa 1955

This photograph was submitted by Phyllis Caron Gagnon, fellow member of the ACGS.  This is a photo of my grandfather, Athanase Caron, with his siblings: rear, left to right Origene, Anatole, Georges Etienne, seated: Athanase, Blandine, Armand taken in approximately 1955 in Manchester, NH.

Athanase was born January 11, 1894 in Saint Boniface de Shawinigan, Comte Saint Maurice, Quebec (his twin brother died after birth). The family Immigrated to NH in 1909 and Athanase was listed as an employee of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company in July of 1910, just months after his 16th birthday. His career at the AMC spanned some thirteen years.  After he left AMC, he learned the carpentry trade, working for his younger brother’s company, Caron Construction Company. He stayed with that company for many years, and then on an off-and-on basis. He also took on small jobs.  He ended his career as the caretaker at Crotched Mountain School for the Disabled, which opened in 1953.  He was the first facility caretaker and I remember visiting the construction site when he was applying for the job.  He worked for them for several years.  Eventually he retired from there.

Also, of interest, Athanase’s younger brother, Anatole (standing – center), was the founder and owner of Caron Construction Company. The company built several landmark buildings in Manchester, such as the Saint Mary’s Bank building on Amory Street; Headquarters for the Association-Canado-Americaine at 52 Concord Street; the Post Office on Hanover Street; the home of Manchester’s Mayor Trudel on North River Road; the Carpenter Library; the Masonic Temple on Elm Street; and the YWCA building on Concord Street.

Some members of the ACGS will remember Lucille Caron Lagasse.  She was one of the principals in the founding of the ACGS, as well as the daughter of Athanase Caron.

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