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AFGS 25th Anniversary

AFGS 25th Anniversary

AFGS French Canadian Hall of Fame

American-French Genealogical Society

Celebrates Silver Anniversary  

The American-French Genealogical Society during its 25th anniversary introduced the AFGS French-Canadian Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame will recognize individuals of French-Canadian ancestry who have made significant contributions to their community, or who have achieved success in their life?s endeavors.  Four individuals will be inducted in the Class of 2003.
French-Canadian Hall of Fame Inductions and Special Achievement Awards were Presented During April Gala
Class of 2003

Marie Louise Bonier, who researched the early French-Canadian settlers in Woonsocket.  Her book, Debuts de la colonie Franco-Americaine de Woonsocket, Rhode Island, was published in 1920.  The English translation was released in 1997. 

Alphonse Desjardins, who in 1900, created the first credit union in North America, the Caisse populaire, which provided French Canadians in Quebec with loans at fair interest rates. His system was later brought to United States, with the first credit union being formed in Manchester, New Hampshire.

René Jetté, historian, genealogist, and demographer, has written more than 20 repertoires on French-Canadians, including the popular Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Quebec des origins a 1730.

Ben Mondor, Chairman and owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, is a former Woonsocket mill owner who successfully renovated and operated textile mills in the area for many years.  Mr. Mondor purchased the bankrupt baseball team in 1977 and has made it one of the most successful operations in professional baseball.  He created the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation to assist numerous charitable organizations around New England.

Dr. René Jetté was born in 1944 at Saint-Hyacinthe (Québec). He is an historian (M. A., 1970), a demograph (Ph. D., 1980) and a genealogist. He has taught History at the Collège d?Éducation Générale et Professionnelle (CéGEP) de Saint-Hyacinthe from 1967 to 1999. He also has been a part-time researcher with the Programme de recherche en démographie historique (P.R.D.H.) at the Université de Montréal, and with the Institut Interuniversitaire de Recherches sur les Populations (IREP) at the Université du Québec at Chicoutimi. RENÉ JETTÉ
Dr.. Jetté has been a practicing genealogist for more than 40 years. He has published a dozen marriage repertories including Benoit Pontbriand, Sillery, 1968-1970, the Dictionnaire généalogique des familles du Québec des origines à 1730 (Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1983, 1176 pages), the Répertoire des noms de famille du Québec des origines à 1825 with Micheline Lécuyer (Institut généalogique J. L., Montréal, 1988, 201 pages), and a Traité de généalogie (Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 1991, 720 pages).

For his significant contributions to genealogical research, the American-French Genealogical Society is pleased to present the 2003 AFGS Award for Special Achievement in Genealogical Research to Dr. René Jetté, and include him as a member of the AFGS French-Canadian Hall of Fame, Class of 2003.

Below is the e-mail AFGS received from Dr. Jetté concerning his award. Dr. Jetté is very ill.
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Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2003 2:39 PM
Subject: (sans sujet)

To all the members of the American-French Genealogical Society.

I received this morning the charming memento of the award your Society has
sent to me, following the April 12, 2003 celebration. Moreover, I find very
useful the celebration booklet, which gives me a good idea of the AFGS's
accomplishments in 25 years.

I thank you very much for your appreciating my genealogical work. May it
serve at least another 25 years, at least as a complementary source to the
many other works which were, are and will be published on paper, CD-Rom,
etc, in the years to come.

My health is at a lost, by this award from a French-Canadian genealogical
society from the U. S. A. illuminates my last times on this planet.

Sincerely yours,

René Jetté

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