American-Canadian Genealogical Society
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July  2019

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From the President
There is a buzz of activity at ACGS. 
The period of due diligence for our buyer ends mid-July. There is no indication that the sale will not be completed. We will then have 90 days to pack up and move.  Wow.
The search for a new residence continues, nothing definite yet.  In the meantime, we are looking at 25 plus years of accumulation and re-evaluating what should and should not come to our new home.  Check our website for the latest books available at a discounted rate; Jo Zurwell adds new items just about weekly, you may find something that is of interest.  We have volunteers scanning documents so that the paper trail becomes a scanner trail and at some point we will hold an indoor yard sale to eliminate some filing cabinets, tables, chairs and other miscellaneous items. Postings will occur in the monthly newsletter, on the website and via email.
The New England Regional Genealogical consortium held its biannual conference in Manchester this spring.  Our Society provided many volunteer hours and the reward is a check for $2200. Again, without our volunteers, we simply would not exist!
 The Nominating Committee has been organized.  If you have any interest in serving on the Board, please send an email of intent to: Jackie Watson, Chair, with "Nominations" in the Subject Line, as soon as possible.  We would love to see some new faces.  
A bientôt
Muriel Chabot Normand #5706

From the Nominating Committee Chair:
     September's Fall Conference and Annual Meeting means it's election time for ACGS.  This is when we elect our Officers and Directors for the 2019/20 year.
      Each year we elect our Officers for a one-year term and one half of our Directors' seats for a two-year term.  The Officers' seats consist of: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary.  

There are four Directors' seats to be filled.  If you are interested in joining this team or have any questions, please email your interest and bio to Jackie Watson ( with "Nomination" in the subject line).  

Have you Heard about ACGS's Moving Sale??

~ in preparation while our sale goes through 
and we look for a new home ~

Click here for more sale information!
Hurry!  Sale ends July 15!

Have you visited our new Web site?
Check out the Tutorial tab and explore Members Only

  TMG User's Group
The Master Genealogist software program

Meets the first Saturday of each month.  
 Next Meetings: July 6 and August 3. 

10am - 12pm - Users Group
12:30pm - 2:30pm -    Second Site  

Just come - registration not required.

 Fall Conference and Annual Meeting
Registration is Now Open!
Click here to register.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Elections, speakers, raffles, and fun!

Deadline to register: September 18, 2019


ACGS is a Family Search Affiliate

All you need is your personal FamilySearch login, and access to restricted records is granted when you use either one of our computers, or have your laptop linked to our WiFi.

If you are able to travel to our Library to spend a day searching this vast new reservoir, please let us know in advance and we will be certain to have a Research Assistant on board to assist you. Email us at!

Graphic courtesy of NYGB New York Researcher

Acadian Corner

Click  here to see details of 
Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019

You will need to order one of these pewter buttons from 
CMA2019 for admission to the venues. 


 Have you listened to Podcasts tailored to French-Canadians?

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Sandra  Goodwin's  Maple Stars and Stripes Podcast
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.    

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

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French-Canadian Legacy Podcast

There are more than 2 million French-Canadian descendants in New England.  This podcast will focus episodes on topics of interest to us.   Click here to view their Web site.  

Click here for an introduction to the Podcast creator, Jesse Martineau, a native of 
Manchester, New Hampshire.

Welcome to the Franco landscape in Manchester, Jesse! 
The Podcast can also be found on Facebook.


Tree of Life Images at ACGS 

To Thank, To Honor, To Remember


The Society is always happy to honor new Ancestor leaves on our tree. We are especially thrilled 

 to honor the ancestors of our generous Website Fundraiser donors.  


Here is our latest donor leaf.  Thank you for your generous gift!!




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.  
For more details: Tree of Life


There are lots of empty leaves waiting for your memorialization.  


   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. 

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Did You Know?  All members are invited to all Board Meetings!

Mark your calendar for the third Sunday of the Month
10:00 - noon
Coffee and donuts

Excluding July and holidays.  Call ahead when there's inclement weather.
The Library is not open for research during the meeting.

If you would like to present an issue at the meeting, 
please send an email with Board Meeting in the Subject Line. 
T he President will contact you about being added to the agenda.

Benefits of Membership!!

  • Unlimited access to one of the largest French-Canadian Research Libraries in the United States
  • Access to Members-Only Portal of  
    • ACGS Published Repertoires
    • Past Genealogists
  • Individual assistance and training in using the facilities of our Research Library
  • Discounted use of our Research Department services
  • Subscription to the Society's journal, American-Canadian Genealogist
  • Free publication of three single-event queries in the American-Canadian Genealogist 
  • Invitation to attend semi-annual conferences
  • Classes presented at ACGS Library  
  • Participation in ACGS's DNA Interest Group
  • Use of Family Search Affiliate Library website
  • Member pricing for Conferences
  • Member pricing for Franco-American Centre events
Important Membership Changes effective 1 April 2019

 $45.00  - Individual Membership receives email journal
$60.00  - Individual Member receives mailed paper journal

$ 60.00  - Family Membership receives email journal
$75.00  - Family Membership receives mailed paper journal
Family living at the same address may accompany the member


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Give Membership as a gift.

Your recipient can become a new member or renew their present membership.   

 Call 603-622-1554
or visit the Library during regular hours.


  Electronic American-Canadian Genealogist


Some of our members have signed up to receive our journal, the American-Canadian Genealogist, electronically in Adobe PDF format.    

If you are currently 
receiving a paper copy, please consider switching over to the electronic format.  The electronic version is not only very environmentally friendly it's friendly to our finances! Over three dollars per member is spent printing and mailing every issue of our journal. 


          If you  would like to switch your subscription to the electronic version, 
send an email to and put Genealogist in the subject line.
What Our Members are Reading: Issue #154, Volume 45, Number 1, 2019

Salute to One of our Fallen Members

The True  Origins of Louis Philippe Langlais of Saco, Maine, Taken as a Prize of War 10 Oct 1703.  By William Simmons

The Pelican Girls.  By Wayne A, Saucier

Etoile d'Acadie: A Chaumable/Martin Family Connection: Many Unsolved Mysteries.  By Barbara LeBlanc, Ph.D.

Important Membership Information

Financials for 2018 & Donors' List

Along with the President's Letter, Editor's Page, Book Reviews, What's New on the Shelf, From Other Publications, Queries and Answers, New Members, Research and Sales Catalog

  New on the Shelves

St-Raphael, Poultney, Vermont
Marriages and Baptisms 1866-1963
Call # VT 11-23 Rutland

New books on the way for next month!

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Publications for Sale

Click here for a link to our 
 online catalog. 

 When you visit the Library

Reading Nook has moved, but not far.
For members or their "drivers" to read a book or take a nap.

Spotlight on Journals and Periodicals

How Can I Find Something Useful to My Research?

 ACGS  exchanges periodicals with other societies and organizations. 

Our member, Larry  Autotte  #3505, compiles articles from this and other journals in the  From Other Publications  section of  American-Canadian Genealogist

In the past, Periodical Resource Index (PERSI) was accessed at  HeritageQuest or Ancestry, it is now offered by, a paid subscription site.  Enough of PERSI can be accessed for you to find the names of articles in journals that may be on our shelves.  

From Findmypast's homepage, click on Our Records

In the A-Z Search of record sets, type "periodical" in the box, select Periodical Source Index

The search function on this site is more complicated than when it was on HeritageQuest.  It may take awhile to find how to use it effectively. Findmypast subscribers can browse articles in specific journals. 

Our distant cousins may have written or researched on one of your ancestors and their story will help put flesh on the bones of your ancestor.   

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) from the AMERICAN-FRENCH GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (AFGS) in Woonsocket, RI. 



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.

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There is also a Filles du Roi organization that offers an annual membership and certification.
Check it out at .

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