AUBURN – The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society is having an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Great Falls School.

The Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society originally began as the Father Leo E. Begin Chapter of the American Canadian Genealogical Society. Father Leo E. Begin, OP, accumulated a small library during his lifetime and it was his dying wish that the library remain in the central Maine area to serve the Franco-Americans of that region.

Through the efforts of Normand Rioux, a personal friend of Fr. Begin, and Richard Fortin, then president of American Canadian Society of Manchester, N.H., the Fr. Leo E. Begin Chapter of ACGS was formed in December 1980.

The chapter continued to operate and thrive and in January 2001 became an independent nonprofit Maine corporation under the name of the Maine Franco-American Genealogical Society.

Today, the purpose is primarily a self-help genealogical research library dedicated to assisting individuals in recovering their family’s history and thus a greater sense of self.

The society is located on the first floor at Great Falls School, High and Academy streets. The entrance is on the High Street side of the building.

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