The American-French Genealogical Society library’s vast resources include:

  • More than 10,000 volumes of marriage records, genealogies, biographies, and histories, as well as genealogical journals and publications of regional, national, and international scope.
  • The four series of the Drouin Genealogical Dictionaries of Canadian Marriages, which spans the beginning of Canada through 1935.

DROUIN SURNAME MARRIAGE BOOKS for MALE and FEMALE, FABIEN FILE, RIVEST FILE, LOISELLE INDEX AND THE HARD TO FIND DROUIN MARRIAGES

  • Drouin marriage books, Marriage books by the male surname and Marriage books by the female surname. These books are alphabetical by the surname. One set by the Male surname and the other by the Female surname. The Drouin marriage books are for marriages (in Canada) from 1935 back to the early 1700, alphabetical by the male surname and a set by the female surnames. Once you find the marriage in the book it contains the marriage date, the marriage place, the parents of the groom and the parents of the bride. So you do not need to know where the marriage took place. Books are in English.  Once you have that marriage information you could look in the Drouin microfilm and see the actual record.
  • The Loiselle Index covers the marriage records in Quebec, Madawaska County in New Brunswick, and Manchester and Hillsboro, New Hampshire, 1642-1963.
  • The Rivest File – The Rivest collection consists of marriage records for the Notarial Districts of Joliette, St-Jerome, Mont-Laurier and Sorel – all in Quebec. It covers the period from the 17th century to 1972. The index is arranged first by the surname of the bride. Under the surname of the bride, the index is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the groom. A section for anonymous names is located in the “A” section and is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the groom. This section includes all those marriage entries for which there is either no surname or no name for the bride. If either the bride or groom is widowed, the record of the marriage will indicate the name of the previous spouse. To find the name of the parents of a widow(er) it is necessary to find the indexed entry for the first marriage. If either parent of the bride or groom is deceased, this is indicated on the index.
  • The Fabien File is an index of births, marriages, and deaths in Ontario, Quebec, and parts of Prince Edward Island. It  is a two part microfilm collection consisting of 250,000 records covering the period from the 17th century to the mid 1800’s. Part one covers Hull, Gatineau, Pontiac, Buckingham, La Petit Nation, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario. Part two covers families from Quebec and Prince Edward Island.
  • The Forget Files, the life’s work of Dr. Ulysses Forget, a noted French-Canadian genealogist from Rhode Island. These records include thousands of Franco-American marriages in Rhode Island. Most of Dr. Forget’s research has never been published and thus is not available to the general public.
  • The “Hard To Find Drouin Marriage” films contain marriages that are not found in the “Blue Drouin” books nor in the “Red Drouin” books. They are arranged alphabetically by the groom’s family and given name and them by the family name and given name of the bride. These films, although not as commonly used as other reference materials in the library, provide alternative sources for those difficult to find ancestors. Next time you are at a dead end in your search, try one of these alternatives and perhaps you will have a happy outcome!
  • The “Hard To Find Drouin Marriage” formally only available on film now on the AFGS computers in a digital format.
  • Microfilm and CD Records
    • Births, marriages, and deaths in Massachusetts to 1910, death index to 1971;
    • Birth, marriage, and death records of Vermont up to 1941;
    • Births and marriages of Rhode Island to 1900, deaths to 1950;
    • Births, marriages, and deaths of New Hampshire to 1900, and divorces to 1938;
    • Maine Marriage Index from 1892-1966 on CD-ROM.
    • Drouin microfilms of vital records which was used for the Drouin books. Over 2400 Drouin microfilms available.
    • 1880 US Census
    • 1881 Canadian Census
    • Microfilm rolls of Diocese de Lafayette Louisiane, Canada newspapers 1764-1862, and miscellaneous films including maps, Family genealogies, etc.
  • Computers which allow members to organize their family records, research records, access such reference material as the Rhode Island Cemetery Transcription Project, or just learn how computers can help them in their research.
  • AFGS’s own publications, such as our popular cook-books, local church records, books, maps,

Full List of Library Holdings

Our latest list of research material available at the AFGS Library can be found below. Library Holdings lists by county, all of our holdings for Canada, the United States and Europe. The parishes for each county are alphabetized and coded to make the books easer for you to find.

History books are arranged alphabetically by subject. Names have been added to the biographies to make it easier to find the ancestor that you are looking for. As always, family book are also listed alphabetically by family name. The reference book section has been greatly expanded.

The film sections list, by category, the films we have for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. This is a helpful tool for those members who wish to prepare a list of materials they would like to use before they come to the library. There is information of our other holdings such as the Loiselle File, the Rivest File, and Fabien Files.