American-Canadian Genealogical Society
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ACGS Newsletter

January 2015

In This Issue
Hours at the Library
President's Note
Call for Volunteers!
2014 Christmas Tree Thanks
OLLI Class at ACGS
Chart and Maps
Repertoire Catalog
Acadian Corner
Maple Stars and Stripes
New England Regional Genealogy Conference
NERGC e-zine
New on the Shelves!
Brick Wall Sundays
Mystery Photo of the Month
New Images -Tree of Life
Tell Your Friends
FHL Affiliation
Filles du Roy - N'Oubliez
Receive Electronic Genealogist
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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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ACGS Entry

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 - 4pm

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It is now the Season of Sleet and Snow.  The basic policy for bad weather is that if the Manchester schools are closed, we are closed. If bad weather occurs during school vacations or on weekends, try calling later in the morning. Opening during bad weather is always at the discretion of the librarian. Sometimes the roads clear later in the morning and the afternoon librarians can open. Conversely, if the weather turns bad during the day, a librarian is at liberty to close the library early. 


Call ahead before heading out: 603-622-1554

A Note from the President

     As I prepared for Christmas - listening to Pavarotti sing 'Minuit Chretien', making the meat stuffing for the dozen tourti�re I made, and contemplating the many wonderful holiday traditions of our Acadian and French-Canadian heritage, I couldn't help but feel blessed and fortunate to have had a family who loved me and a 'petit Canada' in the village of Aldenville that ingrained those traditions in me. And the ability to share that common heritage with all of us at ACGS is a great gift and charge. So my wish for all of you is a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Jim Gaudet #5381



At ACGS, Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of our Society


We are looking for members and non-members alike with skills for following initiatives:



E-Commerce Coordinator and Team Members

ACGS's aim is to begin selling repertoires, CDs, and books online. The E-Commerce Coordinator, working with a team of other volunteers, and reporting to the President, will select the commerce platform (i.e. Amazon, etc.), organize volunteers to post items, monitor sales, mail orders, and respond to customer service requests. 


Please send a brief summary of skills to ACGS@ACGS.ORG, attn: Jim Gaudet, with Ecommerce in the Subject line.



Computer Committee Chair and Team Members

Working under the direction of the President, we're seeking knowledgeable volunteers with good networking skills to oversee the society's networks along with software/hardware maintenance of the library's computers and databases.  The Chair would report to the Board and act as liaison with the Society's Internet provider.  The success of the library depends on our patrons' ability to access our genealogy database subscriptions.  Future projects include set-up of a Member Only Section on our Web site. 


Please send a brief summary of skills to ACGS@ACGS.ORG, attn: Jim Gaudet, with Computer in the Subject line.



Board Directors

We have openings for two Directors positions on the Board due to directors moving up to executive positions, one to fill a one year of a two-year term and one to fill a two-year term. This is an excellent opportunity for short term exposure and participation in ACGS and its deliberation and decision making processes. The Board meets on the third Sunday each month at the library in Manchester.  We look forward to the fresh ideas and energy that new volunteers bring.


Interested members or inquiries please send email to ACGS@ACGS.ORG, attn: Jim Gaudet with Directors in the Subject line.




The Library Board wishes to thank everyone who purchased an ornament to decorate our
2014 Christmas Tree


In conjunction with Osher Life Learning Institute (OLLI) in Manchester, ACGS is offering an 
Intro to French-Canadian Genealogy class on Thursday, January 15, 2015
See Catalog link below for details
Open only to OLLI or ACGS members

OLLI members - register at OLLI Catalog, Winter 2015
ACGS members - register by sending an email to, please type "OLLI" in subject line

 A repeat class for ACGS members and non-members will be held at a later date

Need Something for that Special Genealogist? Look no further.
For ordering instructions and order form, click here.

10 Gen Chart
10 Generation Fan Chart
Heavy stock

8 Gen Circle Chart
8 Generation Circle 
Fan Chart 
3 Ring Binder adaptable

10 Gen Fr-Eng Chart
12 Generation Descendent Chart - Parchment
Specify French or Englsh

Map of Quebec
Cleartype Map of Qu�bec
Parishes and Towns
Index on Reverse

"cleartype style" means 
 no roads marked

Post-it Notes to Go

One Year New Member or Renewal

$35.00 to get started on a research problem.

Map of Ontario
Cleartype Map of Ontario
Index on Reverse


For other gift ideas, check out ACGS's Repertoire Catalog


Check here to access and/or download a searchable .pdf of our offerings.
Click here for an order form.

** Acadian Corner**

Here is part 2 in a series of of three articles presented by The Chronicle Herald, a newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia about Beaubassin, one of the communities impacted by Du Grand Derangement in 1755.

The link for Village of Beaubassin 'hallowed ground' is found in Part 2.  When Part 3 is posted, it will be included in the next newsletter.



Have you listened to the Maple Stars and Stripes Podcast yet?
Sandra Goodwin's Maple Stars and Stripes introduces French-Canadian researchers to language and cultural lessons along with interviews with different French-Canadian genealogical societies and researchers.  It is a great way to learn about the big, great Franco world of North America.  
Sandra's last episode for 2014 was a wonderful interview with Juliana L'Heureux on Quebecois cuisine. Although the holidays are past, bring back fond epicurean memories:

MSS-025-A Celebration in Food: The French Canadian Tourti�re

Here's the link to Maple Stars and Stripes.  Enjoy!


It's almost time for the 
New England Regional Genealogy Conference 2015

To visit the Web site, download a program brochure
 or register on-line, click here

If you are planning to attend the Conference, 
please think about signing up as a Volunteer.  
Be part of the excitement and earn credit 
for your participating Society. 

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Our own Pauline Cusson will present a session at the Conference on behalf of ACGS

Navigating Brick Wall Research in French-Canadian Records
This lecture will show tips and tricks to navigate through or around a potential brick wall 
and what to do if a marriage cannot be found.  

Mark your calendar: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ~ S-311  
Click NERGC e-zine for the latest issue!

Select New Volumes on the Library Shelves!  


Les terres de Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre (Cote-de-Beaupre) by Raymond Gariepy -

Call #F1054.4 .S266


This volume of Les terres is one of a number of books by Raymond Gariepy where the author has transcribed and compiled Land Records found in Notarial Records.  This new-to-our-library volume from 1988 was part of a donation from a member.  The book includes a map of the land plots in Ste-Anne-de-Beaupre as well as a running commentary of who owned each plot, when.  It has a comprehensive index.  While the book is in French, it is only a small step up in difficulty from church records - there's always Google Translate to help you navigate the documents.  If your ancestral family came from a certain place, this will help you put some flesh on their bones.  I immediately found my ancestor, Etienne Racine.  To my delight, not only were there land transactions for the Racines, there was also a tutelle (guardianship) I was looking for. 


Other books by Raymond Gariepy of similar interest:


Les terres de Saint-Joachim, Cote-de-Beaupre - Call #G1054.5 .S265 G232

Les Seigneries de Beaupre et de L'isle d'Orleans Cahier Hist #27 - Call #E231 .S82

Village du Chateau-Richer - Call #F1054 .C38 G3



          Brick Wall Sundays              

The First Sunday of Each Month
January 4, 2015
February 1, 2015
1pm - 4pm

Please email your brickwall challenge a few days prior to:  ACGS@ACGS.ORG

If there's inclement weather, call ahead.

Mystery Photos of the Month 






ACGS Library receives donations of genealogy materials when members are downsizing.  Generally, it is a generous donation of books which help us refresh the books on our shelves or sell to help fill the Society's coffers.  One of our recent donations included cabinet cards from various locales in New England. 


This month we feature photos from Fontaine Photographers in Lowell, Massachusetts.  It appears that Fontaine's enjoyed business at two locations on Merrimack Street. 

We invite our readers to contact us if they can identify any one portrayed in these photos.  
Send an email to:, "Mystery Photo" in the Subject Line




Tree of Life Images at ACGS! 


The Newsletter Editor has been remiss in refreshing the photographs of Tree of Life leaves.  Here is a new selection to inspire you!


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.





Empty leaves are waiting for your customized message.





   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. 

Tell Your non-Franco or mixed-Franco Genealogy Friends with New England, Canadian, and beyond lines about ACGS!
ACGS's collection includes many volumes of information about the New Englanders or Canadians not specifically French-Canadian. 


** NEW**  ACGS often receives new books from genealogy publishers to review and put on our shelves.  We recently received The Surnames of Wales and Polish Roots. 



 We carry periodicals about English settlers in Connecticut especially, as well as an online subscription to New England Genealogical and Historical Society's  Periodicals and NEGHS's Web site are a great way to put the flesh on your ancestor's bones.
We carry periodicals for settlers in western States, such as Minnesota and Michigan.  
We carry periodicals for non-Franco Canadians in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the western Provinces.
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. 
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 

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.

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