Wednesday, June 26, 2013

American Canadian Genealogical Society Trip

On Saturday, September 28, ACGS will celebrate its 40 anniversary with an all-day conference featuring Dick Eastman, Lucy Constantino, and Joe Manning.

Five CCGS members traveled to Manchester, NH this June to explore the resources at the American Canadian Genealogical Society. This is billed as the largest French-Canadian specialty library in the United States. Carl Copp, driver, took passengers Marti Day, Bonnie Cormier, Ellen Geanacopoulos, and Wayne VanBuren to Manchester in an efficient two and one-half hours. This facility occupies the second floor of a former school, which is an easy drive from the Rte 93 exit. There is a chair lift which makes the library accessible. The room is spacious and bright. A snack room is available and there are restaurants nearby.

We were met by Pauline Cusson and her experienced staff and received excellent one-on-one attention during our time there. Translation service was also available.

A recent acquisition is the LaFrance database. It is an extension of the Progrmme de researche en demographie historique (PRDH) with which many French Canadian researchers are familiar. LaFrance extends the dates through 1850, and allows the researcher at the computer to link to the actual record and print it out right from the computer.

All the CCGS visitors agreed this was a worthwhile trip. More information may be received about ACGS resources and hours at their website

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