Information about our computer systems and databases can be found below:

Wi-Fi Access

Wi-Fi access is available throughout the building and visitors may bring laptops, tablets or any handheld device to assist with research.  AFGS computer subscriptions such as Ancestry or American Ancestors may not be used on individual devices. AFGS computers are available to use Society subscriptions.


AFGS has a total of six computers connected to the Internet. Below is a list of the AFGS computer resources:

American Ancestors

By New England Historical Genealogical Society offers thousands of searchable, digitized collections containing more than 125 million records. These collections include vital records, cemetery records, and probate records, genealogies and scholarly journals.

Has billions of records, dating back to the turn of the millennium and including one of the most extensive collections of immigration records.

Programme de Recherche en Démographie Historique (PRDH)

A university research project started in the 1960s which has a genealogical data base of the French Canadians of Quebec based on parish registers of the period 1621-1799.

Auclair Collection

Contains pictures and postcards from the Alphonse Auclair Collection. Alphonse Auclair is a former Rhode Island State Senator. During his life time he accumulated a large collection of material of Rhode Island and his family has donated this collection to AFGS library. Senator Auclair is a member of the Class of 2004, AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame.

Drouin Hard to Find

Nearly one million marriages that were researched at the Drouin Institute and were not included in the women or men collections.

Library Holdings

Contains a listing of the research material available at the AFGS Library. All holdings are listed by county of Canada, United States and Europe. View holdings list.

Funeral Cards

These cards were donated by AFGS members.

Rhode Island Cemetery Database

The State of Rhode Island has recorded 435,000 gravestone inscriptions in 3,143 cemeteries in a project that started in 1990. The original concept was to find all possible cemetery transcripts and put them into a computer database. View state database.

Headstone Database

This contains pictures of over 114,000 photos of headstones taken in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York and Quebec.