Sunday, March 26, 2006

Lecture: Which Records Are Correct? The Uniqueness of Doing French-Canadian Genealogical Research

Speaker: Pauline D. Cusson

Genealogical research for French Canadians has generally been done by using secondary sources such as alphabetical indexes or abstracts of church registers. These extracts were relatively reliable as they were being produced, in general, mostly from original sources by genealogical societies in the Province of Quebec. Until 1996, the only way to research the actual church registers here in the United States was to borrow . . .
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the individual parish microfilm through the LDS Church or by visiting one of the many Quebec Provincial Archives. In 1996 a copy of the defunct Drouin Institute microfilms was purchased by the American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) in Woonsocket, RI who in turn sold a copy to New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

Now the American-Canadian Genealogical Society (ACGS) of Manchester, New Hampshire has the only digitized copy of these microfilms in the U.S. Ms. Cusson will show the unique brand of research that can be accomplished using both the secondary sources to collect data leading to primary source documents to complete your ancestral chart. Many a brick wall has tumbled since the acquisition of this collection. The American-Canadian Genealogical Society has six new computers networked for accessing this Drouin Digitized Collection of baptisms, marriages, and burials throughout the Province of Quebec, parts of the Provinces of Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Acadia, and some U.S. records.

At the FGS/NEHGS conference later this year, please visit the ACGS booth in the exhibit hall for a demonstration of how it works.

Speaker Bio:
Pauline Cusson is currently serving her 6th one-year term as President of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society of Manchester, NH. She has been serving as the Editor of their quarterly journal, the American-Canadian Genealogist since 2000. Ms. Cusson has made several presentations to various groups in New England on the migration of French Canadians from Quebec to the New England mill towns and the trials and tribulations of French Canadian research. For more information on the ACGS check their website at


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