American-Canadian
Genealogical Society

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

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Interested in learning more about your French-Canadian ancestral roots and so much more, then the ACGS is the place to be! It’s quick. It’s easy. Click the button below to start your journey today!

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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 4950 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

We Are ReOpening June 24, 2020

ACGS is thrilled that we can finally open our new doors and let everyone in.  The library will reopen on June 24, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Because we need to follow the CDC and State guidelines, we will be at 50% capacity to start and only open two days a week, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  We will require that you make a reservation to sign up for one of the spots available during each shift we are open.  Please click here to view our Reopening Guidelines and make your Reservation.  For future reference, these pages are found in the Library Menu at the top of the website.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in the library again and doing genealogy!

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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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ACGS Officers and Board of Director Chair Changes

ACGS Officers and Board of Director Chair Changes

At the 15 March 2020 Board of Directors meeting held at the ACGS library the Board of Directors voted and passed the following resolution:

“Whereas, Muriel Chabot Normand, Recording Secretary, Jo Zurwell, Board Member, and Ronald P. Blais, Vice President, have tendered their respective resignations, and the By-Laws of the Society call for the Board of Directors to fill any mid-term vacant positions;

Therefore, the following members are hereby appointed to fill these vacant positions until the next Annual Meeting of the Society:

Jo Zurwell, Vice President

Muriel Chabot Normand, Director

Ronald P. Blais, Recording Secretary”

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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

We Are ReOpening June 24, 2020

ACGS is thrilled that we can finally open our new doors and let everyone in.  The library will reopen on June 24, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Because we need to follow the CDC and State guidelines, we will be at 50% capacity to start and only open two days a week, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  We will require that you make a reservation to sign up for one of the spots available during each shift we are open.  Please click here to view our Reopening Guidelines and make your Reservation.  For future reference, these pages are found in the Library Menu at the top of the website.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in the library again and doing genealogy!

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

ACGS Officers and Board of Director Chair Changes

ACGS Officers and Board of Director Chair Changes

At the 15 March 2020 Board of Directors meeting held at the ACGS library the Board of Directors voted and passed the following resolution:

“Whereas, Muriel Chabot Normand, Recording Secretary, Jo Zurwell, Board Member, and Ronald P. Blais, Vice President, have tendered their respective resignations, and the By-Laws of the Society call for the Board of Directors to fill any mid-term vacant positions;

Therefore, the following members are hereby appointed to fill these vacant positions until the next Annual Meeting of the Society:

Jo Zurwell, Vice President

Muriel Chabot Normand, Director

Ronald P. Blais, Recording Secretary”

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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!

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.

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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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