Welcome to the
American French Genealogical Society Website

You will find a wealth of useful information on this site not only about the Society, but also about conducting French Canadian family research.

Effective June 6, the library will be open Tuesdays from 1 to 9 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. The library is closed on Saturday during the month of July.  Monday hours have been eliminated.

Take a Virtual Tour of the AFGS Library


AFGS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island USA.  Since its founding in 1978, the Society has acquired over 20,000 books and nearly 7,000 reels of microfilm. Our library contains one of the largest collections of French Canadian genealogical and historical research.

We can assist those who have ancestral roots other than French Canadian.  AFGS is an affiliate library of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Through this affiliation, the Society has access to birth, marriage, burial, and in some cases, real estate records from over 130 countries. If you want to dig deeper into your family origins, AFGS also can assist with DNA and genetics research.

Members and guests who reside outside the Woonsocket area and would like to use the AFGS library should visit our “Visit AFGS” page under the “About Us” menu. We have  our hours of operation, driving directions, and a link to area places to visit, great restaurants, and local lodging.

AFGS hosts workshops and lectures covering genealogical, historical and “how-to” topics.