Services

The Research Department

Contact the Research Department At:

American-Canadian Genealogical Society
PO Box 6478
Manchester, NH 03108-6478
Attn: Muriel Normand
E-mail: research@acgs.org      Phone: 603-622-1554

(Please send general requests and questions to acgs@acgs.org.)

Our Staff

We are a volunteer staff of experienced genealogists with a penchant for research and are fluent in both reading and speaking French.

Our Resources

Our Canadian resources cover Quebec, the Maritimes and Ontario and are both in our library and online. We offer basic ancestry and can also add depth with Filles-du-Roi, Carignan Soldiers, Revolutionary War supporters and even an occasional scoundrel.  Our Acadian records are both pre and post deportation. Our US holdings cover all of New England, and other areas where the French Settled; Northern NY and the Hudson River Valley; the Mid-western states bordering Canada and the Northwest, primarily Oregon. ACGS is an LDS affiliate library.


Services Available and Fee Structure
(Please note discounted pricing for members)

In order to simplify our fee schedule, we have moved to hourly pricing which is utilized by most societies and professional researchers. However, our fees are much less expensive for both our members and non-members. All research will be on a $35 per-hour basis for non-members, and that fee is reduced to $20 per hour for our members. This applies to basic lines, single events, and verification of lines submitted. Translations will be on the same schedule and charged according to the quality of the image and the length of the document.

Receiving your documents

When the research is completed, the following will be forwarded to you:

  • Via email: Documentation (sources, images, etc.) in Adobe pdf format.
  • A GEDCOM file which can be imported into any genealogy database program. If requested, an ancestral chart can be supplied if the data is not to be entered into a database.
  • Via USPS: $3 US/$5 CAN for postage. Printed copies of sources, images, etc. along with an ancestral chart.

Requesting a Search

The fee to begin a research project is $35 for non-members and $20 for members; it is non-refundable and will be credited toward completed research.

Requests can either be sent via email or mailed to the Society’s address on its website. Please complete a 4-generation chart for your ancestral lines and provide supporting documents, if possible. For other events, please be very clear in explaining exactly what it is that you are requesting. Please include your name, address, email, phone number and membership number.

Once received, the research will be assigned to a team member who will review the request, and contact you via email or phone, in order to ascertain exactly what you desire to accomplish, and give you an estimate as to how much time may be required. You may then authorize us to spend no more than a certain amount of time on the project. This will ensure that you are fully aware of the potential costs before the researcher begins the assignment.  No surprises.

Members may request a single image of a baptismal, marriage or burial record, by providing us with the date, location and name(s) and it will be sent by email at no cost, if the image is readily available.