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 48 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

Digitization Project Volunteers Needed!

The Society’s Board of Directors approved, in June 2021, a new project to digitize most of the books in the research library, and to make the contents available to our members through the Members-Only section of the website ACGS.org.

In connection with this new digitization project, ACGS is looking for volunteers to help us out!

Right now, two different types of help are needed:

  1. Scanning – This will require you to run an overhead scanner to scan each page of a book. It takes about an hour to do 100 pages. This job may be done at home by borrowing the equipment from the library.
  2. Data entry – Several of our books were never entered into a searchable database. This job requires reading a type-written book and entering the data into a spreadsheet. Access to Microsoft Excel is desirable, but we may be able to use your help even if you do not have that access.

All volunteers will be provided with training.

As a reminder, because many of our books can no longer be purchased, having a pdf file of each book would allow it to be replaced in the event of a fire or other calamity. In addition, a digital copy of a book might allow members who are not able to visit the library to read or access it online.

Click here to Volunteer Today, and, in your email, tell us which job you are interested in.

Many thanks!

News & Events

ACGS Research Library Is Open - Updated 6/22/21

ACGS is thrilled that we can finally open our new doors and let everyone in again.  The research library is open on Wednesdays each week.  The current hours for June are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and the library will remain open until 7 p.m. (the door to the building locks automatically at 6 p.m.).  Hours are changing starting July 7th to be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Because we need to follow the CDC and State guidelines, we are only requiring masks for those that have not been vaccinated.  Please click here to view our Reopening Guidelines.  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

ACGS Thursday Genealogy Chat Sessions

Join Us for Our Genealogy Chat Sessions

Starting May 13th, 2021 2 pm – 4 pm

The ACGS is excited to host a once-a-week genealogy chat room via Zoom.

The intent is to introduce you to our Library and its resources.  Anyone interested in genealogical research can join each week or once in a while!  Stay for 10 minutes or the full two hours, or join us at any time in the two hours.

For full details and link to join each week,

please visit the following link:

Genealogy Chat

News & Events

New ACGS Publication - RP158 Now Available

ACGS is happy to announce that our amazing publications team has put together another great volume to aid our members in their research in the state of New York.

Immaculate Conception in Keeseville, New York contains 1,257 marriage events spanning the years January 1849 to June 2005, and 1387 burial events spanning the years June 1873 – May 2004.

To be able to get a glimpse of the marriage and burials in the mid to late 20th century and early 21st century in New York is amazing.  This church has had a large population of French-Canadian and Irish members.

Click here to order today.

News & Events

New ACGS Publication - RP159 Now Available

ACGS is happy to announce that our amazing publications team has put together another great volume to aid our members in their research in the state of New York.

Immaculate Conception in Keeseville, New York contains 5,594 baptism events spanning the years October 1837 to July 2003.

To be able to get a glimpse of the baptisms in the mid to late 20th century and early 21st century in New York is amazing.  This church has had a large population of French-Canadian and Irish members.

Click here to order today.

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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

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

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

Digitization Project Volunteers Needed!

The Society’s Board of Directors approved, in June 2021, a new project to digitize most of the books in the research library, and to make the contents available to our members through the Members-Only section of the website ACGS.org.

In connection with this new digitization project, ACGS is looking for volunteers to help us out!

Right now, two different types of help are needed:

  1. Scanning – This will require you to run an overhead scanner to scan each page of a book. It takes about an hour to do 100 pages. This job may be done at home by borrowing the equipment from the library.
  2. Data entry – Several of our books were never entered into a searchable database. This job requires reading a type-written book and entering the data into a spreadsheet. Access to Microsoft Excel is desirable, but we may be able to use your help even if you do not have that access.

All volunteers will be provided with training.

As a reminder, because many of our books can no longer be purchased, having a pdf file of each book would allow it to be replaced in the event of a fire or other calamity. In addition, a digital copy of a book might allow members who are not able to visit the library to read or access it online.

Click here to Volunteer Today, and, in your email, tell us which job you are interested in.

Many thanks!

News & Events

ACGS Research Library Is Open - Updated 6/22/21

ACGS is thrilled that we can finally open our new doors and let everyone in again.  The research library is open on Wednesdays each week.  The current hours for June are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and the library will remain open until 7 p.m. (the door to the building locks automatically at 6 p.m.).  Hours are changing starting July 7th to be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Because we need to follow the CDC and State guidelines, we are only requiring masks for those that have not been vaccinated.  Please click here to view our Reopening Guidelines.  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

ACGS Thursday Genealogy Chat Sessions

Join Us for Our Genealogy Chat Sessions

Starting May 13th, 2021 2 pm – 4 pm

The ACGS is excited to host a once-a-week genealogy chat room via Zoom.

The intent is to introduce you to our Library and its resources.  Anyone interested in genealogical research can join each week or once in a while!  Stay for 10 minutes or the full two hours, or join us at any time in the two hours.

For full details and link to join each week,

please visit the following link:

Genealogy Chat

News & Events

New ACGS Publication - RP158 Now Available

ACGS is happy to announce that our amazing publications team has put together another great volume to aid our members in their research in the state of New York.

Immaculate Conception in Keeseville, New York contains 1,257 marriage events spanning the years January 1849 to June 2005, and 1387 burial events spanning the years June 1873 – May 2004.

To be able to get a glimpse of the marriage and burials in the mid to late 20th century and early 21st century in New York is amazing.  This church has had a large population of French-Canadian and Irish members.

Click here to order today.

News & Events

New ACGS Publication - RP159 Now Available

ACGS is happy to announce that our amazing publications team has put together another great volume to aid our members in their research in the state of New York.

Immaculate Conception in Keeseville, New York contains 5,594 baptism events spanning the years October 1837 to July 2003.

To be able to get a glimpse of the baptisms in the mid to late 20th century and early 21st century in New York is amazing.  This church has had a large population of French-Canadian and Irish members.

Click here to order today.

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

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

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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