The Manchester (New Hampshire) Union Leader has published an article by Bill Smith telling of the efforts by the American-Canadian Genealogical Society to start a fundraising drive to pay for needed repairs to its headquarters. This caught my eye because I spent many hours in the society's previous headquarters building learning about my French-Canadian ancestors. The society has done the same to help thousands of others. Now the society needs some help.
The American-Canadian Genealogical Society (usually referred to as "ACGS") is home to church and civic records from most of Quebec province, an exhaustive collection of marriage, baptismal and burial records from New Hampshire, as well as records from Maine, Massachusetts, New York and other states. When I was there, I also found a few scattered records from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. In fact, I solved one mystery concerning my ex-wife's Scottish ancestors who lived in New Brunswick, something I would not have expected in a library dedicated to French-Canadian genealogy research!
ACGS has now grown to 1,700 members. For members who cannot visit in person or for those who need some extra assistance, ACGS' research department will even trace a surname as far back as possible, with many searches tracing a family line to France. The fees for searches start at a very modest $35.
You can read the full article at http://goo.gl/TqgXg. You can also read more about the fund drive on the ACGS web site at http://www.acgs.org/.
I am writing a check. The society helped me immensely once upon a time. Now it is time for me and for many others to help the society.
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