The American-French Genealogical Society (AFGS) is a Family History Center affiliate library. The designation means Society members and the public will have greater and more convenient access to the wealth of genealogical resources available through Family History Library.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS] is the world’s largest repository of genealogical records and manages the famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has amassed billions of birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries.

Family History Library is extending access to its collection by circulating microfilms of historic records through select affiliate libraries. The American-French Genealogical Society is now one of those libraries. It is a priceless resource for area residents interested in discovering their family history.

The LDS has over 200 camera teams archiving historic records in 45 countries on any given day. These records are then circulated to the public through Family History Centers and affiliates worldwide, like the American-French Genealogical Society.

For example, The LDS has filmed over 60 percent of the civil registrations (birth, marriage and death records) of Italy. Anyone with Italian ancestry may be able to extend their Italian research by conveniently using the Family History Library films through AFGS.

There is a nominal $5.50 fee to order a microfilm. Once the film arrives, the member or patron uses the microfilm reader at the AFGS to view it. The AFGS staff can help patrons see what films are available, place film orders, and answer research questions. They also can search the Family History Library catalog online at FamilySearch.org to see what records are available to order through the AFGS library.

To learn more about ordering LDS microfilms, contact Fran Tivey by email or call the library at (401) 765-6141.