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The Forget Card Collection is the life's work of Dr. Ulysses Forget, a noted French-Canadian genealogist from Rhode Island. These records include thousands of Franco-American marriages in Rhode Island and the east coast. Most of Dr. Forget's research has never been published and thus is not available to the general public.
The AFGS holds the Forget files developed by Dr. Ulysses Forget who visited every city and town hall in the area to write down information on every French Canadian surname from 1850 to 1900. He also traveled along the east coast and has records from Florida to Canada.
The AFGS Forget File Card Collection
Note: This Forget File Card Collection was compiled and scaned by AFGS Members and Volunteers - Marguerite Pommenville and Connie Lamoureux. Important This is not a complete listing of any record nor is the accuracy guaranteed. Consider this information as a reference only and it would need to be verified.
The following are links to the cards in this database. Important
Below is About Dr. Ulysse Forget, M.D. (Posthumous)
Dr. Ulysse Forget, M.D. was born in St. Gregoire, Iberville County, Quebec. His primary education was done at Bridgham, Quebec and he obtained an AB at the University of Montreal in 1921. In 1927, after completing an internship at Hotel-Dieu Hospital, he received an MD degree, magna cum laude.

A specialist in eyes, ears, nose and throat, Dr. Forget practiced at the Monson State Hospital in Palmer, Mass. for 10 months before moving to Warren, R.I. in 1928. He was licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Province of Quebec. 

Dr. Forget was an assistant-physician at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, served on the staff of St. Anne Hospital and the former Union Hospital, both in Fall River, and taught ophthalmology at the St. Anne Hospital School of Nursing for several years.

Dr. Forget's hobbies were genealogy and history. In 1952, he published the history of St. Jean-Baptiste Church in Warren on the 75th anniversary of the parish. Genealogy articles by Dr. Forget were published in the Memoires de la Societie de Genealogie Canadienne-Francaise in Montreal. 

An unpublished genealogy of the Forget family and the Franco-American marriages of Rhode Island and central Massachusetts from 1885 to 1900 are among the holdings of the American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, R.I. and the Genealogical Section of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Dr. Forget was a member of the L'Union Medicale du Canada, the Bristol County Medical Society, the Rhode Island Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the American Association of Surgeons and Physicians and the American Academy of General Practice. In 1950, he was elected president of the Association of Franco-American Physicians of New England. He was also a life member of the American-French Genealogical Society, the Franco-American Historical Society, the Historical Society of Montreal, and the French-Canadian Genealogical Society.

Dr. Forget died at the age of 87 on October 5, 1985.

Message Board Post by Dennis Beauregard:

The Dr. Ulysse Forget File of Franco-American marriages performed in Rhode Island 1850-1900 is NOT published per se in book format, or for sale in any other means. The original document, compiled from his private index card collection, is at the American-French Genealogical Society in Woonsocket, RI. In fact, I helped in the original reduction photocopying of the index cards, then cutting and pasting each image onto a template to be made into pages for the AFGS copy. Thus, the four volumes or so, are exact duplications of the original cards, only smaller, and are used by the AFGS membership for their research when church records cannot be located immediately.

Dr. Forget, a medical doctor, used to go to all the town and city halls in the state on his days off and compile on small index cards the French-Canadian marriages he found registered there. AFGS was the recipient of this generous gift when they incorporated back in 1978. A typed copy of the card collection also exists in the stacks of the American-Canadian Genealogical Society in Manchester, NH.

At present, AFGS is trying to correctly identify all the people in the records and add missing information (i.e. mother's maiden names, and probably documentation as to where these people originated in Quebec), thus making the trek back to Quebec from Rhode Island that much easier for researchers. Perhaps AFGS can make a photocopy of the page you want from their volumes, but please note, a complete book of this type is not avaialbe to purchase.

Glad to have been of help, Dennis Beauregard
American-French Genealogical Society - AFGS - Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA
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Updated February 18, 2015

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