Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Beginning French Canadian Genealogy Class

By: Dennis Boudreau

When: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 - 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Class description:

Whether you're just starting out, need a refresher course in the basics of doing your family tree, or still have unanswered questions, the American-French Genealogical Society, 78 Earle Street, Woonsocket, RI is offering a course on Beginning French Canadian Genealogy in two parts on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012. The class, starting at 9 AM and running until about noon will be given by AFGS past President Dennis Boudreau, who has over 30 years as a professional genealogist, writer and researcher.

The course will cover all the basics from starting at home, organizing one's data, using the AFGS library's collections (with a quick tour), Internet resources, reading the religious/civil registers and census records, and migration patterns from Canada to the United States. It will also give an overview of sobriquets (Canadian surnames and nicknames), and using DNA findings. It will offer a quick how-to guide to unraveling blood and in-law dispensations found in marriage records, and how to recognize Native people in your ancestry, should they be present. And finally, the course will touch on the Acadians, since many Québec families claim several of these French Neutrals from the Canadian Maritimes in their ancestries. Additionally, Dennis will cover how to start compiling one's family history, collecting photographs, and properly documenting research findings.

Following the lecture, Mr. Boudreau, as well as other AFGS staff volunteers, will be available to help participants get started on their family tree using the library's vast resources.

Please register at the library, or E-mail your registration to sign up for this valuable 3-hour course. You may also E-mail any questions you may have concerning this workshop. AFGS members and guests may attend at no charge; a fee of $5 will be charged to guests (non AFGS Members) who stay to use the library following the lecture.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Le village historique Acadien -- The Acadian Historic Village, Caraquet, NB

I’m sure many of you have been to Old Sturbridge Village or Plimouth Plantation. There is a similar living history museum in northern New Brunswick, Canada. If you thought understanding the Olde English at Plimouth was difficult, imagine the ancient French spoken by the Acadian role players in this village.

The link below is video tour of the various buildings and actors showcasing their crafts.

It’s about 10 minutes long.
The music:
Le monde a bien changé by the group 1755.
La vielle bross en Acadie by the group Suroît.
Le jardinière du couvent by the group 1755.

The official web site of the Village is below:

s’amuser – have fun!

Friday, July 8, 2011

French music at The Greater New Bedford Summerfest

The Greater New Bedford Summerfest - An International Folk Music and Arts Festival was held July 2nd + 3rd at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts.

There were over 50 musical groups performing over the two days.
Le Vent du Nord from Québec and Vishtèn from Prince Edward Island performed on the largest of the 7 stages at the festival.



The Acadian group Vishtèn on the Custom House Stage.

Also performing was singer/dancer Benoit Bourque from Québec.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Class on Computer and the Internet

American French Genealogical Society - AFGS
Class on Computer and the Internet
By Bill Pommenville – Webmaster AFGS

April 18th 2009

9:00 AM

AFGS Building ,78 Earle Street, Woonsocket, RI www.afgs.org

Class will touch on a number of areas including Computer - Internet Use
- Internet Searching - Genealogy Software.
Computers - Safe Computing
Seeing the Information when it is no longer there.
Terminology - Hard Drive - RAM - Domain name -Cookies
The importance of correct and incorrect Spelling
Genealogy Software - Free (In packet)
Searching Pictures - Important Set Preferences before Searching
The Internet what it is and what it is not.
Searching and or Listening to a PDF files
What is a Browser?
Short cuts to Searching (In packet)
How to Improve your Searches ~ Narrowing your Search
Your favorite search place
Google Translations
Types of Search Places "directories" and "human-powered results"
Google Options (In packet)
Its about the Money
Google Search Features (In packet)
How do they get the info? What is a Crawler or Spider?
Google Cheat Sheet (In packet)
Search Preferences
Google Tour - Options Available at Google
How the Web Guy does it. Start-All Programs- Accessories-Note Pad (In packet)
Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (In packet)
Little Rhody's List – Information and links about and for Rhode Island
SitePal Virtual Interpreter – Translator (In packet)
Find the information once you're at the webpage (In packet)
Family Records Search - Free - Canada etc. (In packet)
Why Check the date on page?
Google Earth & Prado Museum in Spain

Sugar Shack

Sugar Shack
Saturday, April 18, 2009 at
St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center
84 Cumberland Street
Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Daniel Boucher and Friends will entertain you with tradition "sugar
shack" music.
Bring your dancing shoes and spoons!

For more information

Monday, September 29, 2008

Update Hall of Fame

Tickets are now on sale for the Hall of Fame. They can be purchased on line at www.afgs.org

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Welcome to the AFGS Blog

Welcome to the American French Genealogical Society blog. Please use this to post communication with others on genealogy as well as communicating with AFGS.

NOTE: This is a moderated blog
Requests for postings and comments on existing posts are always welcome. All additions to this blog are subject to review and approval by the moderator before they will be published to the blog.