American-French Genealogical Society
|American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS)|
The mission of the American-French Genealogical Society is:
- To collect, preserve and publish cultural, genealogical, historical and biographical matter relating to Americans of French and French Canadian descent.
- To play an active part in the preservation of French and French Canadian culture and heritage; and highlight the role that they have played in the history of North America.
- To maintain an educational, research and cultural center.
- To conduct periodic educational programs and conferences to explore cultural, genealogical, and historical topics.
- To disseminate cultural, genealogical, historical, and biographical information to members and the general public.
Address: 78 Earle Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895-0870
- Monday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Benefits of American-French Genealogical Society
- What are the benefits for becoming a member of the society?
Here is a link to the benefits of American-French Genealogical Society membership
- What are the benefits the society has to offer for those who are not members?
American-French Genealogical Society is now an Affiliate of Family Search of LDS for their Genealogy Collection. Microfilms and Microfiche may be rented and viewed at the AFGS Library.
Information on Planing a Visit to AFGS,Beginning Genealogy information,Film Room request for copies of Headstone picture, Obit Pictures, and research request copies.
DNA Research-Genetics information, Updates mailing list of the latest information,Donation in Memory of a person,Lending Library,Canadian Drouin Resources, books and films,AFGnewS, AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame.
Items For Sale, Publications, Je Me Souviens, Online Store with other items.
Historical Collection(pictures) Prayer cards pictures, Recipes,Terms - Phrases used for research, Translations, How to type French Accents, Surname Variations and dit Names.
Databases, Cemetery, Headstone and Obits. Genealogy Links and Reference information.Plus ability to convert the website to French.
- Acadian Heritage Section Acadian Genealogy
- Links to Genealogy Websites
- Over 30 links to Quality Historical Videos.
- Please review the American-French Genealogical Society website for the above benefits..
History of the society
- Established 1978
Canadian immigration into the United States began as early as the seventeenth century, but between 1871 and 1901 the greatest influx of immigrants entered this country. Taxation, debts, unemployment, and a failing economic environment contributed to over 2 million Canadians with shattered dreams migrating to the U.S. seeking economic refuge. This was a major loss to Canada, whose population at the time ranged from 3.7 million to 4.8 million.
Since then, more than 10 million of their descendants have assimilated into American society. The language and culture preserved by the over-whelming number of Franco-Americans is disappearing, however, due to sociological changes.
The American-French Genealogical Society, formed in February of 1978, is a non-profit genealogical and historical organization devoted to people of French-Canadian extraction. Its purpose is to study and preserve our rich heritage by assisting members in discovering their ancestors and the daily events that shaped their, and our, lives.
The Society is actively involved in extracting, collating, and publishing Franco-American vital statistics, parish registers, burial records, and other data consistent with our culture. Our progressive leadership, assembled from a cross-section of our membership, is dedicated to the continued growth of the Society and the preservation of French-Canadian culture in the United States. Long- and short-range plans include broadening the Society's horizons, increasing its capability to direct research, and facilitating its members' search for their ancestors.
- Je Me Souviens (JMS) A Publication of the American-French Genealogical Society (in English)
AFGS members receive Je Me Souviens, a semi-annual, 100+ page journal filled with resources for genealogists, member's research stories, new members listings and facts and tips.
- AFGnewS is a bi monthly newsletter sent to AFGS members and available to non-members
Events - Classes
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q. What are the directions to the society?
- A. Link to Google Maps Society is at 78 Earle St, Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA
- Q. What are the society's hours of operation?
- A. Open
- Monday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00.p.m., Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.