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

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The ACGS library has grown over the last 45 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

Fall Conference 2020 & Board of Directors Nominations

ACGS, in a proactive approach for the Fall Conference 2020, has decided to postpone the conference until the Spring of 2021. With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping the health of our members and volunteers at the top of the list of priorities.

Our by-laws dictate that we will hold annual elections for the Board of Directors. This function has historically been handled at the Fall Conference. Since we are not having a fall conference in 2020 we have devised a plan to still have our elections and be compliant with our by-laws.

Plan of Action

  • May 1st – 31st Open Nominations for Board of Directors
  • June 1st – June Newsletter and Website – announce all candidates for Board of Directors positions
  • August 1st – Genealogist – Will contain the ballot for voting on the new board of directors as well as a short biography for each candidate running so that everyone knows a little about each person.
  • August 1-September 18th –
  • If you receive the journal electronically, we ask that you print the one-page ballot, complete the ballot as instructed in the journal, and mail back to us post marked by September 18th.
  • If you receive the journal in the mail, we ask that you cut out the one-page ballot, complete the ballot as instructed in the journal, and mail back to us post marked by September 18th.
  • Ballots post marked after September 18th will not be counted.
  • Only active members are allowed to vote.
  • Only one ballot per membership for those of you that carry a family membership.
  • October 1st – We will report the results of the voting on our website as well as in the October Newsletter

ACGS Board of Directors

Nomination Process

Nominations are Open May 1st – May 31st

Have you ever wished you had a voice in ACGS?

Do you have new ideas you would like to share to help ACGS?

Now is your time to make your voice heard!

ACGS will be holding our annual Board of Directors elections via mail-in ballot this year since we will not be able to hold a conference in the fall of 2020. Please watch for the August issue of the Genealogist for the ballot and voting instructions.

To be on the Board of Directors you must be a current member of ACGS.

Nominations are open for the following positions:

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Correspondence Secretary

Director – 4 Posts

Any nominee should live close enough to Manchester to attend 11 Board Meetings per Year.

We are looking for all interested persons to send in their nominations with your member ID#

to the committee chair Ed Lamarine via email.

Thank You

News & Events

COVID-19 Update as of March 25th

An Update from Us on COVID-19

It seems life as we have known it has changed, so the ACGS needs to change too.  Selling our home and getting ready to move has been upsetting enough, now we need to add a very communicable disease to the mix.
We closed last Monday, March 16th, hoping to reopen in two weeks, but that won’t satisfy the safe standards established by the CDC, federal and state governments.
The pandemic is affecting everyone in almost all industries, which unfortunately also includes the construction workers at our new space. They have to care for their children, and protect their families with social distancing like the rest of us.
This hiccup in the plan is going to push our possession date, of the new space, back at least two weeks, but could be longer depending on how the pandemic progresses.
With that said, ACGS has sadly made the decision to stay closed to the public until after we move, hopefully in May.
We thank you for your patience. Your safety and good health are our primary concern.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us via email and we will do our best to answer your concerns.
We will reopen, and we can’t wait to see everyone back again.
Stay tuned to our news and events sections on our website for updates on the retrofitting of our new space as well as dates for the grand reopening!
Sincerely,
Juliet Smith, President
and Board of Directors
American-Canadian Genealogical Society

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”

News & Events

New Website Launch!

The ACGS is proud to announce that the new website is up and running. Browse through to look for news, upcoming events, and an index of all the issues of our journal, ACGS Genealogist, for people and articles of interest.   Our “Members Only” section has all 152 published repertoires indexed for your searching pleasure.  We will periodically add more features and data to this section.  Bienvenue to the new online home of the ACGS!

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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.

News & Events

Fall Conference 2020 & Board of Directors Nominations

ACGS, in a proactive approach for the Fall Conference 2020, has decided to postpone the conference until the Spring of 2021. With so much uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping the health of our members and volunteers at the top of the list of priorities.

Our by-laws dictate that we will hold annual elections for the Board of Directors. This function has historically been handled at the Fall Conference. Since we are not having a fall conference in 2020 we have devised a plan to still have our elections and be compliant with our by-laws.

Plan of Action

  • May 1st – 31st Open Nominations for Board of Directors
  • June 1st – June Newsletter and Website – announce all candidates for Board of Directors positions
  • August 1st – Genealogist – Will contain the ballot for voting on the new board of directors as well as a short biography for each candidate running so that everyone knows a little about each person.
  • August 1-September 18th –
  • If you receive the journal electronically, we ask that you print the one-page ballot, complete the ballot as instructed in the journal, and mail back to us post marked by September 18th.
  • If you receive the journal in the mail, we ask that you cut out the one-page ballot, complete the ballot as instructed in the journal, and mail back to us post marked by September 18th.
  • Ballots post marked after September 18th will not be counted.
  • Only active members are allowed to vote.
  • Only one ballot per membership for those of you that carry a family membership.
  • October 1st – We will report the results of the voting on our website as well as in the October Newsletter

ACGS Board of Directors

Nomination Process

Nominations are Open May 1st – May 31st

Have you ever wished you had a voice in ACGS?

Do you have new ideas you would like to share to help ACGS?

Now is your time to make your voice heard!

ACGS will be holding our annual Board of Directors elections via mail-in ballot this year since we will not be able to hold a conference in the fall of 2020. Please watch for the August issue of the Genealogist for the ballot and voting instructions.

To be on the Board of Directors you must be a current member of ACGS.

Nominations are open for the following positions:

President

Vice President

Treasurer

Recording Secretary

Correspondence Secretary

Director – 4 Posts

Any nominee should live close enough to Manchester to attend 11 Board Meetings per Year.

We are looking for all interested persons to send in their nominations with your member ID#

to the committee chair Ed Lamarine via email.

Thank You

News & Events

COVID-19 Update as of March 25th

An Update from Us on COVID-19

It seems life as we have known it has changed, so the ACGS needs to change too.  Selling our home and getting ready to move has been upsetting enough, now we need to add a very communicable disease to the mix.
We closed last Monday, March 16th, hoping to reopen in two weeks, but that won’t satisfy the safe standards established by the CDC, federal and state governments.
The pandemic is affecting everyone in almost all industries, which unfortunately also includes the construction workers at our new space. They have to care for their children, and protect their families with social distancing like the rest of us.
This hiccup in the plan is going to push our possession date, of the new space, back at least two weeks, but could be longer depending on how the pandemic progresses.
With that said, ACGS has sadly made the decision to stay closed to the public until after we move, hopefully in May.
We thank you for your patience. Your safety and good health are our primary concern.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us via email and we will do our best to answer your concerns.
We will reopen, and we can’t wait to see everyone back again.
Stay tuned to our news and events sections on our website for updates on the retrofitting of our new space as well as dates for the grand reopening!
Sincerely,
Juliet Smith, President
and Board of Directors
American-Canadian Genealogical Society

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”

News & Events

New Website Launch!

The ACGS is proud to announce that the new website is up and running. Browse through to look for news, upcoming events, and an index of all the issues of our journal, ACGS Genealogist, for people and articles of interest.   Our “Members Only” section has all 152 published repertoires indexed for your searching pleasure.  We will periodically add more features and data to this section.  Bienvenue to the new online home of the ACGS!

View All

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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