American-Canadian Genealogical Society
Ancestral Lines
ACGS Newsletter
August 2014
In This Issue
Hours at the Library
President's Note
Fall Conference
New on the Shelves!
Genealogist Articles
Tree of Life Images
CMA 2014
Tell Your Friends
Filles du Roy - N'Oubliez
Link to Class Handouts!
Maple Stars and Stripes
FHL Affiliation
Repertoire Catalog
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Welcome to our newsletter.  We hope to keep our members and friends up-to-date on current happenings at the Library and to share genealogical information of interest.
American-Canadian Genealogical Society

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4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
603 622-1554

Wednesday 9 am - 9 pm
Friday 9 am - 6 pm
Saturday 9am - 4 pm
1st and 3rd Sundays 1 pm-5 pm

       *There are no Sunday openings in July and August.
Jim Gaudet
A Note from the President

    Greetings from the 16u Girls Fastpitch World Series in Pittsfield MA!

Even though the Board did not meet in July, there has been plenty of activity.

We are ready to roll with our Fall Conference. We have some great speakers and are hoping you can make it.  You will find details about the Conference below.

The Board has been busy trying to stabilize our monthly expenses for budgeting and planning and has been making good progress.

Our Society family recently lost Maurice Labbe - husband of longtime member and volunteer Pauly Labbe, and Gerry Nash - longtime member and benefactor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

Finally my thanks to all who have responded to my call for new volunteers. The society survives and thrives due to your efforts.



Jim Gaudet #5381



2014 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
 Saturday, September 27
Speakers:  Walter Hickey, Sandy Goodwin and Michael Leclerc
Chateau Event Center and Restaurant
201 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 
Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch included in the Registration Fee.
$50.00 Early Bird fee received by September 15
$60.00 after September 15
Mix and Mingle with Coffee/Tea and Pastries
Click here for Registration Brochure


St Mary Bank Mural

Select New Volumes on the Library Shelves!  



A Travers L'Histoire de Beaumont, Pierre-Georges Roy, Call no. F1026 .R1 19423


Champlain's Dream, David Hackett Fischer, Call no. F103.1 F54 2008



Genealogist Cover What our Members are Reading in the Latest Issue of the American-Canadian Genealogist
  • Midwives of Early Qu�bec by Susan McNelly #10091
  • An Adoptee's Journey by Ren� Weseley Szklenski
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Dick Eastman
  • Dictionary of Canadian Biography
    • Sister Esther Wheelright
    • Jacques deNoyon
  • L'Etoile d'Acadie
    • Melan�on/Melanson News by Michael B. Melanson #2803
    • Acadian Myths Debunked by Lucie LeBlanc Consentino #6781
    • From Shore to Shore by C. Melvin Surette #4664
As well as our recurring features: From Other Publications, Book Reviews, Queries and Answers, and New Members

More Tree of Life Images at ACGS! 


All donations are gratefully accepted and our thanks go out to those members who faithfully tack additional dollars onto their membership dues.  No amount is too small.  The building and computer inventory take much of our budget, luckily our staff is all volunteer.  Just as your desktop and laptops at home need upgrades, the computers at ACGS need to be at the ready for our library visitors, members, and research team. 


A great way to make a contribution to ACGS is to memorialize or honor someone important on your Family Tree with a leaf on the Tree of Life.  Here are some examples of leaves on the tree.  For more details: TREE OF LIFE



As you can see, there are many ways to memorialize your ancestors or honor the living on the Tree of Life.





We invite you to purchase a leaf and create a customized message for your family and our visitors to enjoy.





   Or send any tax-deductible amount to:

ACGS Building Fund

P.O. Box 6478

Manchester, NH 03108-6478


Does your company have a Matching Donation Program? 

You may be able to increase the size of your gift if they do. 

Congr�s mondial acadien 2014
Are you making plans to attend this decade's Congress?  Information about the various family reunions, events, logistics, sign up for Facebook and other social media, can be found at their Web site:

The information provided is in French and English.  

Be sure to check that your passport or passport card are current; events are planned for both sides of the Maine-New Brunswick border.

See you there!  Vous y voir!
Tell Your non-French Genealogy Friends with upstate New York lines about ACGS!
When New York parish repertoires in Albany, Clinton, Rennselear, Schenectady, Warren, Washington and other counties were compiled, ALL the names were compiled, not just those of French-Canadian families.  
Parish repertoires are a great way to research a Roman Catholic family regardless of ethnicity, especially those hard to find upstate New York records.  
This rule of thumb also extends to other parts of our collection.  There may be some gaps, but we might just have what your Genealogy Friend is looking for. 


Don't forget to apply for your certificate and pin for the 350th Anniversary of the Arrival of the 'Filles du Roi' (King's Daughters)  



Are you a descendant of a Filles du Roi who married a Soldats du Carignan?
You might also be interested in the VERMONT FRENCH-CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY's "The VT-FCGS Filles and Soldats Research Program" and add to your pin collection.


There is also a Filles du Roi organization that offers an annual membership and certification.
Presentations, research aids and class handouts from recently held classes at ACGS
Click Here to visit our class materials page!
Summer is a great time to review genealogy notes.
Have you listened to the Maple Stars and Stripes Podcast yet?
Sandy Goodwin's Maple Stars and Stripes introduces French-Canadian researchers to language and cultural lessons along with interviews with different French-Canadian genealogical societies.  A great way to find out about the big, great Franco world of North America.  
Sandy's latest episode: 
MSS-016-The History behind Geography 
Here's the link to Maple Stars and Stripes.  Enjoy!


Microfilm Reader

The American-Canadian Genealogical Society is now a Family Search affiliate library. This designation means that library patrons will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through FamilySearch. Once the film arrives, patrons use the film readers at our Library to peruse it. If you are not a member and have ordered a film, you will not be charged for viewing it at the ACGS library.


Ordering film: All films must be ordered online using FamilySearch Microfilm Ordering at ACGS cannot order films for you. You must first create an account, which is free, sign in and you will find a video and printed tutorial which will be of great help in searching for a film and placing your order. You will be asked to select a default family history center, our Library is now on that list. When you place an order, you will receive an email message advising you that your order has been received and also when it has been shipped to your nominated Affiliate Library. You may see the progress of your order at any time by logging in to your online film ordering account. We will also be notified when your order has been placed. The online film ordering system will automatically send you an email when we receive and check the film into the ACGS film inventory.


A short term loan is 90 days, for a fee of $7.50 and subject to renewal for a fee for another 60 days. An extended loan, for an unlimited time period, is also available for $18.75. The loan period commences from the date the film is shipped from Salt Lake distribution. If you have any questions regarding viewing your film at our Library you may contact us at 

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