American-French Genealogical Society
Woonsocket's ties to French-Canadian culture date back to the 1840's when the first French-Canadian families were recruited from Quebec to work in the mills of Woonsocket. By 1900, sixty percent of Woonsocket's population was French-Canadian and Woonsocket was the most "French" city in the United States.
The American-French Genealogical Society is a non-profit genealogical and historical organization devoted to people of French-Canadian descent. Its purpose is to study and preserve Franco-American culture by assisting people in discovering their ancestors and the events that shaped their family's lives. The Society is actively involved in extracting, collating and publishing Franco-American statistics from sources such as parish registers and burial records. Its library is one of the finest repositories of French-Canadian materials in the United States and includes over 3,000 rolls of microfilm containing original birth, death and marriage records from the former Drouin Institute in Montreal.
At the library, skilled researchers will help familiarized you with the library's many resources. If you prefer, the Research Committee will research marriages for members for a nominal fee of $5.00 per marriage. Memberships (starting at $30.00 per year for individuals) also entitle you to receive Je Me Souviens, the Society's semi-annual journal, and AFGenewS, its every-other-month newsletter.
The American-French Genealogical Society is located at the First Universalist Church at 78 Earle Street, Woonsocket. The library is open on Monday from 12:00 to 5:00 and Tuesday from 1:00 to 10:00 (except holidays). The library is also open on the first and third Saturday of each month (except July and August) from 10:00 to 4:00. The phone is (401)765-6141. Visit the Society's webpage for additional information.