The American French Genealogical Society
78 Earle Street  Woonsocket, RI  02895
Entrance: Rear of the building

Tuesday: 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed in July)
Closed on designated holidays

Valuable information for visitors can be found below:


We will make every effort to accommodate members who reside outside of the Rhode Island area. Please contact AFGS at least one week before your arrival. Tell us the dates and times you plan to be here and a phone number where you can be reached while you travel.


Visitors are required to pay $5.00 per day for use of the library.

Personal Belongings

All coats, sweaters etc. not being worn must be placed in the lockers located in the main lobby. Briefcases, bags of all types and pocketbooks are not allowed in the library. Please bring pencils only - no pens or markers.


Food and beverages, including bottled water, are not allowed in the library. The lunch room is located off the main lobby adjacent to the lockers. There is a refrigerator and microwave available for your use.

Identification Badges

Member badges must be worn at all times. Visitors will be given a visitor’s badge.  New members will be issued a temporary membership badge.

Electronic Equipment

AFGS has free Wi-Fi available. Notebooks, laptops, tablets, hand held scanners, and cameras-(no flash) may be brought into the library. Cell phones may be brought into the library. However, please be considerate of other researchers and either turn off the phone or place it in silent mode. Cell phone conversations are not allowed in the library.


The Franco-American Heritage Center has an elevator and all levels of the building are accessible.

Dining and Lodging

For information about dining and lodging options in the area, please visit

Smoking Prohibited

Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the AFGS Franco-American Heritage Center.


A copy machine is available. Bound books may not be copied. Only pages from books with a spiral binding may be copied. Copies are 25 cents per page.


Directions to American French Genealogical Society

Suggested Readings

The Library Holdings lists by county, all  holdings for Canada, the United States and Europe. The parishes for each county are alphabetized and coded to make the books easier 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 books 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 an explanation of our other holdings such as the Loiselle File, the Rivest File, the Fabien Files, the Drouin Film, and miscellaneous census films. There is also a section for our fiches and CD collections.

The current American-French Genealogical Society's List of Library Holdings is available free on line: