Periodicals From Other Societies
Throughout its over 40-year history, ACGS has exchanged and collected journals from other societies. There were roughly 200 feet of shelf space dedicated to that collection when the library moved to its current location by the Queen City bridge. Since space was not available for the collection, the journals were all digitized and now are available to all members through this website.
Using the Journals
The first thing one will note about the journals is that many are in French. However, even if one is not able to read French, things like an ancestral chart or name index don’t really need a translation. There are many tidbits of information contained in these journals that one may not find elsewhere. Also, many of these journals are local to a region. It is suggested that one find a region of interest and then peruse the journals that focus on that particular locale. Even if genealogical information is not found there is a wealth of local knowledge that may be useful to a researcher. If a particular article is wanted but in a different language, Google Translate may be useful, but for more involved cases, the ACGS Research Department can be engaged (fees apply).
We are working on a list of the journal titles with the publishing society, the language, and the locale (if one applies), it will be posted here once completed. Please note that some journals are still kept in the library in paper form, and most often are bound into books. The journals that we have bound at the library are:
Memoires de la Societie Genealogique Canadien-Francaise
Le Reveil (Acadian)
There is no comprehensive index of all the journals, though individual journals sometimes have name indexes covering multiple issues. Our journal, The Genealogist, has a summary of articles in every issue and may be a good source for determining if a particular journal may be of interest.
All of these journals are not the property of ACGS, and a user should be mindful of copyright regulations. The documents themselves are protected against copying and printing. Essentially one may read the journal similarly to when they were housed in paper form in the library.
Given the volume of digitizing that went into providing these journals in their current form, it will be no surprise that it’s not perfect. Some errors, like upside down or sideways images, can be turned with the Acrobat reader when viewing. Some journals were just not present for scanning; either they were never received or lost over the years. If one experiences problems, please contact us and we will correct the problem if at all possible.
To access our selection of periodicals, simply scroll down through the list of 78 titles to the one you wish to review. Then click on the link for that periodical. A listing of all the available issues for that periodical will appear. Scroll through and read one or as many issues as are desired by clicking on the link for that volume.
We hope that you enjoy this addition to the ACGS website!