AFGS Calendar of Events

Presentations by guest speakers are open to the public free of charge through a grant from              The LeFoyer Endowment Fund

Seating is limited to 50 for all workshops listed below. Pre-registration is required. Tickets may be printed online and must be presented for seating.

Sunday, October 27, 1:30 pm: How to Use the PRDH for Your Research with Sandra Goodwin

Sandy Goodwin is a former teacher and is the founder of Maple Stars and Stripes: Your French-Canadian Genealogy Podcast.

She will teach you how to use the PRDH (Programme de Recherche en Demographie Historique) for your French-Canadian genealogy research. The PRDH database includes more than 2.4 million certificates of various types dated from 1621 to 1849.

This PRDH database is available to you in the AFGS library with this informative class, you will be prepared to get the maximum information possible from this remarkable resource.

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Sunday, November 3, 1:30 pm: A Time for Mourning with Renee E. Darling

Renee Darling is a third generation funeral director of the Fournier & Fournier Funeral Home in Woonsocket, R.I, which has remained a family run business for over 100 years. Renee will discuss how the customs surrounding funerals have evolved over the past 105 years and give us an understanding of what life was like for our ancestors when dealing with this most significant life event.

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Sunday, November 10, 1:30pm: Polish Genealogy Research Part II with Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

Julie will follow-up from her Sept. 14, 2019 lecture on Polish genealogy research with Part II of her instructions, continuing to lead you through the steps to top sources for identifying places of origin in Europe for Polish immigrants, phonetic gazetteers for Eastern European research, period gazetteers, and translation resources.

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