The American-French Genealogical Society Film Room contains microfilms and fiche for your viewing. We have available multiple microfilm and microfiche readers. A high quality scanner/printer is available to copy  documents. This document would be considered a primary source record.

AFGS also has a program called Film Room Request Copy Service where members and non-members  can request a copy of births, marriages, deaths, obituaries and headstones for a small fee.  Email us for more information.


The Drouin Institute of Montreal microfilmed parish records, both Catholic and non-Catholic, including some Indian missions. The time span covers the founding of parishes to 1940 when the institute microfilmed the records. The collection contains 2,455 reels of microfilm, which includes millions of individual records.

This historical collection contains the following:

  • Baptisms, marriages, and death records for the entire Province of Quebec.
  • Baptisms, marriages and death records for those areas of Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia known to be predominantly French-Canadian.
  • Notarial acts, such as marriage contracts, wills, deeds, and other legal documents for the Province of Quebec.
  • Vital statistics and census records for miscellaneous states
Canadian Newspapers

These newspapers, from the Montreal and Quebec provinces, cover the years of 1764-1862 and are in English and French. The Seven Years' War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on February 10, 1763. France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America to Britain in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. The first edition of The Quebec Gazette / La Gazette de Québec was on June 21, 1764.

Canadian Census Records

Canadian census records cover the years 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. The collection is incomplete.

Census of Quebec

The entire 1871 census including many schedules which give important information about Quebec citizens of this time period.


State census records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.  Death index to 1950 and Death film records to 1955.

Fabien File

This two-part collection has 250,000 records covering the 17th century to the mid-1800s. Part 1 covers Hull, Gatineau, Pontiac, Buckingham, LaPetite Nation, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario. Part 2 covers families from Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Hard to Find Drouin Marriages

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

Loiselle File

Marriages from Quebec, Madawaska County in New Brunswick, Manchester, N.H. and Hillsboro County, N.H. These records cover 1641-1963. Brides and Grooms are listed alphabetically. Most, but not all of the entries are typewritten. The alphabetical order of the cards is only approximate. The parishes covered are listed at the beginning of each film.


Film from miscellaneous Louisiana parishes.


State census records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.


Civil records from the Massachusetts state archives and from LDS. Birth index and records 1841-1910, marriage index and marriage records 1841-1910, death index and records 1841-1910, delayed birth, marriage, death 1839-1900.

State census records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.

New Hampshire

Civil records purchased from LDS. Births, marriages, brides index, death, 1640-1900 and divorces 1640-1938.

State census records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.

Ontario Marriages

Beginning in 1863 and ending in 1911.

Rhode Island

These are civil records purchased from LDS. Birth 1852-1900, marriages, 1853-1900, death index 1853-1950, deaths 1853-1955, delayed birth returns, out of town deaths 1905-1943 [includes an index]. Death returns from East Providence 1872-1921, miscellaneous cemetery records and birth returns from East Providence miscellaneous years.

Rhode Island parish records contains baptisms, marriages, along with some first communion and confirmation records.

State Census Records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870

Rivest File

Marriage records for the Notarial districts of Joliette, St-Jerome, Mont-Laurier and Sorel – all in Quebec. It covers the 17th century to 1972. The index is arranged first alphabetically 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. Most entries are handwritten.


This three-part collection was purchased from the State Archives of VT. Part One: births, marriages and deaths from the start to 1870 Part Two: births, marriages, deaths from 1870-1908 Part Three: birth marriages, deaths from 1909-1941.

State census records 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870.

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