The LAFRANCE now contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials up to 1861!

We are happy to announce that we have completed the addition of ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from the 1850-1861 period to the LAFRANCE.
This project, which debuted in 2015, represents the addition of some 652 502 baptism and burial records from 422 different parishes.

The LAFRANCE now contains:

  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1917
  • ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms from 1621 to 1861
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic burials from 1621 to 1861
  • 68 401 Quebec Catholic baptisms and burials from between 1862 and 2019

For a grand total of 3 755 659 parish records from the province of Quebec.

You will find these parish records under two formats in the LAFRANCE:

Original documents – a digitized image of the original parish register, as it was originally drafted.

St-Philippe parish register, sourced from the Drouin Collection

Record certificate – Every record in the database is indexed under what we refer to as a certificate. The certificate contains all the relevant information extracted from the original record such as the names, dates, roles, occupations, relationships, marital status, etc.

Record certificate from the LAFRANCE

You can use the LAFRANCE with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

For more information about the LAFRANCE as well as research tips, take a look at this article on our blog.

What’s next?

The development of the LAFRANCE continues! Our focus will now be on the indexation of every Ontarian and Acadian parish register available in the Drouin Collection, as well as all of Quebec’s Protestant baptism and burial records from 1760 to 1861. Protestant marriages from the 1850 – 1861 period will also be indexed.

Here is the list of Ontarian parish registers we plan to index up to 1861:

South March Chatham
Mattawa South Gloucester
Orléans Maidstone
Tecumseh Mont-St-Patrick
Embrun Belle-Rivière
Ottawa (St-Joseph) Cornwall (St-Colomban)
Pakenham Curran
Garden River (Cœur-Immaculée-de-Marie) Pembroke (mission)
Garden River (Missions) Wikwemikong
Lafontaine Corkery
Pembroke (cathédrale) Alexandria
St-Eugène Richmond
Clarence Creek L’Orignal
Ottawa (St-Patrice) Ottawa (Notre-Dame)
Tilbury Île-Drummond
Williamstown Amherstburg (mission de la Rivière-aux-Hurons)
Eganville St-Andrew’s West
Fitzroy Harbor St-Raphaël
Paincourt Amherstburg (St-Jean)
Fallowfield St-Pierre
LaPasse Windsor (Missions des Hurons de Detroit)
Lochiel Windsor (L’Assomption-de-Sandwich)

And here is the list of Acadian parish registers that will be indexed up to 1861:

Johnville Memramcook
Cap-Pelé Bartibogue
St-François-Xavier Escuminac
Golding-Grove St-Louis-des-Français
St-Léonard Ardouane (mission)
Charlo Baie-des-Vents
Renous-Bridge Baie-Verte
Scoudouc Barachois
Loch-Lomond Bouctouche
Dalhousie Boujagane
Pokemouche-en-Bas Cocagne
Pokemouche-en-Haut Grande-Digue
Woodstock (paroisse) Shédiac
Red-Bank St-Charles-Borromée
Cap-Tourmentin Bathurst-Ouest
Lamèque Tracadie
Arichat Acadie (St-Bernard de Neguac)
Belledune Nash Creek (St-Bernard)
Chatham Richibouctou
Milltown St-Basile
Blackville Miramichi
Frédéricton (Bureau de Santé) Baie-Ste-Marie
Dorchester Acadie (St-Pierre de Caraquet)
St-Anselme Acadie (Missions)
Woodstock (Bureau de Santé) Acadie et Gaspésie (mission d’Acadie)
Frédéricton (St-Dunstan) Ecouipahaq
St-Andrew (paroisse) Sunbury
Nelson Ste-Anne-de-Restigouche
Central Kingsclear Petitcodiac
Petit-Rocher Sackville
Shippagan Louisbourg
Pointe-au-Sapin Ile-St-Jean
St-Jean (cathédrale) Beaubassin
Argyle Ile-Royale
Restigouche, comté de La Baleine
Rivière-Jacquet St-Charles-les-Mines
Shemogue Port-Royal
Ile-du-Prince-Edouard Acadie et Gaspésie (Registres des missionnaires)
Caraquet Acadie (Recensements)
Frédéricton (Central Kingsclear) Plaisance

The indexing of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials is therefore temporarily put on hold, but we will come back to it as soon as possible! We intend to index all of Quebec’s parish registers up to 1940, at a pace which will be dictated by our financial and human resources.

This massive task is entirely funded by the revenues generated from Genealogy Quebec and subscriptions. We would like to thank you for the trust you place in us, without which we wouldn’t be able to preserve and share Quebec’s genealogical and historical heritage.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Connolly File annual update: Over 46 000 new baptism, marriage and burial records

The Connolly File, one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, has been updated.

A total of 46 444 baptism, marriage and burial files have been added to this collection. 105 corrections suggested by our users were also applied.

What is the Connolly File?

The Connolly File is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec and part of the United States covering a period extending from 1621 to 2018.
In total, the tool contains 6 500 000 baptism, marriage and burial files.

You will find more information about this collection as well as some research tips and best practices in this article.

Update details

Here is the list of regions and parishes affected by this update, which includes the number of records added and the years they cover.

Holy Blood, Holyoke MA,US
Marriages 1860-1889: 566 records added

St-Mathew de Fall River MA, US
Marriages 1885-1986: 1960 records added

Jay & Winthrop ME, US
Marriages 1872-1983: 3160 records added

St-André de Biddeford ME, US
Marriages 1899-1978: 4454 records added

Burials published in newspapers around the Quebec region
434 files added

Our Lady of Peace, Berwick ME, US
Marriages 1919-1982: 469 records added

St. Michael, South Berwick ME, US
Marriages 1818-1982: 1016 records added

Notre-Dame, Springvale ME 
Marriages 1888-1981: 1138 records added

N-D-de-Lourdes, Saco ME, US
Marriages 1927-1986: 1121 records added

St-Alphonse de Stornoway (Frontenac), QC
Baptisms 1909-1940: 921 records added
Burials 1909-1940: 264 records added

St. Louis, St. Paul MN, US
Marriages 1869-1900: 594 records added

St-Jean-Baptiste de Brunswick ME, US
Marriages 1877-1979: 3496 records added

St. Charles Borromeo de Brunswick ME, US
Marriages 1931-1980: 642 records added

St. Francis de Sales, Waterville ME, US
Marriages 1782-1989: 3988 records added

N-D-de-Lourdes de Fall River MA, US 
Marriages 1874-1962: 6509 records added

St-Thomas, Compton QC
Baptisms 1854-1939: 3990 records added
Burials 1855-1939: 1450 records added

Blessed Sacrement, Fall River MA, US
Marriages 1883-1933: 685 records added

Notre-Dame, Southbridge MA, US
Marriages 1834-1917: 2741 records added

Directeur de l’état civil du Québec
Births: 156 tardy declaration of filiation files added
Marriages: 17 057 civil/religious marriage files and civil union files added

You can browse these new documents with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec on the Connolly File at this address.

Free-access obituaries

The Online obituary section, available for free at this address, has just hit over 2 300 000 death notices!

This section contains Canadian death notices published online between 1999 and today and is updated regularly.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

More new content on Genealogy Quebec!

More updates to Genealogy Quebec‘s tools and collections!
You will find the details of the most recent additions to the website in this newsletter.

New York state parish registers

11 000 images of parish registers from the state of New York have been added to Genealogy Quebec.

You will find these images in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “Registres divers” folder.

The registers are from the following regions:

Brushton Burke Chasm Falls
Chateaugay Fort Covington Harrietstown
Hermon Hogansburg Hopkinton
Lisbon Lisbon Centre Madrid
Malone Massena Mineville
Norwood Ogdensburg Parishville
Port Henry Potsdam Saranac Lake
Schroon Lake St. Lawrence County St. Regis Falls
Ticonderoga Trout River Tupper Lake
Waddington Westport

The records cover a period stretching from the early 19th century to 1915. Note that the records can be in English, French as well as Latin.

Death files from the QFHS

5000 death files have been added to the Kardex tool. You will find them under the “01_Fiches BMS” folder, sorted by the subject’s or the husband’s last name.

Most of these files are from between 1845 and 1855 and pertain to individuals of Protestant and Catholic faith who lived in or near Quebec.

The QFHS (Quebec Family History Society) is a genealogical society located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. It offers many resources as well as courses, conferences and seminars. You will find more information on their website.

Consulat général de France – Civil registers

1000 images from the Consulat général de France de Montréal et de Québecare now available in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “Registres divers/Québec” folder.

These images contain civil records recorded at the consulate between 1859 and 1935 and pertain to French nationals residing in Canada.

Most of the records in these registers are transcripts of vital events recorded in churches and other places of worship in Canada.

You can browse these new documents as well as 44 million images and files by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

50 000 new baptism and burial records added to the LAFRANCE on Genealogy Quebec

An update has been applied to the LAFRANCE in early February. This update pertains to the Catholic baptism and burial records recorded in the province of Quebec between 1850 and 1861.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 34 116 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 15 145 records added

The corrections suggested by our subscribers over the past month have also been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849.

Baptisms and burials from the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through bimonthly updates.

Updated parishes

Here are the parishes that have been updated:

Parish name Event type* Min year** Max year Added records
Aylmer b 1852 1856 2
Aylmer s 1855 1855 1
Batiscan b 1852 1852 1
Batiscan s 1854 1854 1
Bic b 1850 1861 1199
Bic s 1850 1861 293
Boucherville b 1835 1835 1
Cap-de-la-Madeleine b 1861 1861 1
Douglastown b 1850 1861 836
Douglastown s 1850 1861 240
Grande-Rivière b 1852 1861 797
Grande-Rivière s 1852 1861 250
Hemmingford b 1850 1861 579
Hemmingford s 1850 1861 95
Hinchinbrooke (Athelstan) b 1858 1861 77
Hinchinbrooke (Athelstan) s 1858 1861 12
La Malbaie b 1852 1859 2
La Malbaie s 1852 1860 5
L’Acadie b 1851 1861 16
L’Acadie s 1853 1854 2
Les Éboulements b 1850 1861 1477
Les Éboulements s 1850 1861 480
Les Escoumins b 1851 1860 9
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (St-Alphonse, Chapeau) b 1850 1861 850
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (St-Alphonse, Chapeau) s 1850 1861 119
L’Islet b 1855 1859 3
L’Islet s 1856 1856 1
Montebello b 1851 1851 1
Montmagny b 1800 1800 4
Montréal (Gésu) b 1852 1860 53
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) b 1855 1860 5007
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) s 1855 1860 4824
Montréal (St-Patrick) b 1859 1859 2
Nicolet b 1850 1861 1227
Nicolet s 1850 1861 641
Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire-de-Lévis b 1857 1857 1
Notre-Dame-du-Lac b 1861 1861 39
Notre-Dame-du-Lac s 1861 1861 11
Oka b 1850 1861 188
Oka s 1850 1861 48
Ormstown b 1850 1861 1132
Ormstown s 1850 1861 228
Papineauville b 1858 1860 6
Pointe-Gatineau b 1851 1859 4
Pointe-Gatineau s 1858 1858 1
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) b 1796 1796 2
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) m 1796 1796 1
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) s 1796 1796 18
Québec (St-Patrick) b 1856 1960 2833
Québec (St-Patrick) s 1856 1861 1654
Ristigouche b 1850 1861 622
Ristigouche s 1850 1861 246
Rivière-du-Loup b 1839 1839 1
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) b 1850 1861 187
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) s 1850 1861 78
Sorel b 1851 1854 3
Sorel s 1854 1855 3
St-André-Avellin b 1855 1861 22
St-André-d’Argenteuil s 1853 1853 1
Stanstead b 1850 1861 1172
Stanstead s 1850 1861 212
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) b 1860 1861 113
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) s 1860 1861 34
St-Arsène-de-Cacouna b 1850 1861 1128
St-Arsène-de-Cacouna s 1850 1861 409
St-Athanase-de-Bleury b 1850 1861 2205
St-Athanase-de-Bleury s 1850 1861 927
St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska b 1852 1861 1731
St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska s 1852 1861 531
St-Clément-de-Beauharnois b 1850 1861 2553
St-Clément-de-Beauharnois s 1850 1861 1192
St-Colomban b 1850 1861 377
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade b 1852 1861 4
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade s 1858 1858 1
Ste-Anne-des-Monts b 1851 1859 16
Ste-Anne-du-Grand-Calumet b 1850 1861 13
Ste-Anne-du-Grand-Calumet s 1853 1853 1
Ste-Flavie (Rimouski) b 1850 1861 1253
Ste-Flavie (Rimouski) s 1850 1861 336
Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan b 1851 1859 2
Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan s 1850 1856 2
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) b 1860 1861 2
Ste-Luce (Rimouski) b 1850 1861 1381
Ste-Luce (Rimouski) s 1850 1861 415
Ste-Madeleine-de-Rigaud b 1852 1852 1
St-Étienne-des-Grès b 1860 1860 1
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold b 1858 1859 2
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax b 1850 1860 17
St-François I.O. b 1810 1810 1
St-Irénée (Charlevoix) s 1853 1860 6
St-Jacques-de-Leeds b 1861 1861 1
St-Jean-Port-Joli b 1852 1857 3
St-Jean-Port-Joli s 1854 1857 2
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) b 1850 1861 46
St-Louis-de-Gonzague (Beauharnois) b 1850 1861 2316
St-Louis-de-Gonzague (Beauharnois) s 1850 1861 850
St-Maurice b 1856 1861 5
St-Maurice s 1853 1858 5
St-Michel-de-Percé b 1847 1861 28
St-Michel-de-Percé s 1847 1847 1
St-Ours s 1850 1859 5
St-Régis b 1850 1861 87
St-Régis s 1850 1861 29
St-Stanislas b 1854 1854 1
St-Stanislas s 1854 1858 5
St-Timothée (Beauharnois) b 1850 1861 2289
St-Timothée (Beauharnois) s 1850 1861 882
Stukely-Nord (Bonsecours) b 1858 1858 1
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix b 1853 1861 2
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix s 1858 1858 1
St-Valérien-de-Milton b 1854 1861 194
St-Valérien-de-Milton s 1854 1861 54

*(b = baptism, s = burial)
**the additions are dated from between the min year and the max year

Only 2 parishes remain to be added to the LAFRANCE in order to complete the addition of every Catholic baptism and burial recorded in Quebec up until 1861. Namely, the Ste-Marthe parish as well as the baptisms and burials of the year 1861 for the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

You can use the LAFRANCE and find your ancestors by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec right now!

Genealogically yours,


The Drouin team

83 000 Ontario marriages and 53 300 marriages from the United States have been added to Genealogy Quebec

More new content on! This time, we’ve added over 130 000 marriages to the NBMDS tool. These marriages were transferred from the Planète Généalogie website.

Ontario marriages

83 000 marriages from various Ontario parishes have been added to the NBMDS database. These marriages were recorded between the 17th century and the end of the 20th century.

New England marriages

Around 53 000 marriages from New England were also added to the NBMDS tool.
These marriages are from the following parishes and regions:

NY, Schenectady, St-Columba
NY, Schuylerville, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
NY, Schuylerville, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
NY, Troy, St-Jean-Baptiste
NY, Troy, St-Patrick
NH, Auburn, St-Peter
NH, Goffstown, St-Lawrence
NH, Hooksett, Holy Rosary
NH, Lakeport, Our Lady of the Lake
NH, Littleton, Ste-Rose-de-Lima
NH, Manchester, St. Anthony
NH, Portsmouth, Immaculee Conception
NH, Portsmouth, Ste-Catherine
NH, Portsmouth, St-James
Mass, Swansea
CT, Grosvenor Dale, St-Joseph
CT, West Thompson, Sacred Heart
RI, Pawtucket, Notre-Dame-de-la-Consolation
RI, Woonsocket, Ste-Famille

What is the NBMDS tool?

The NBMDS tool contains baptism, marriage and burial files created from the original document recorded in church.
Originally, the tool extended from 1727 to 2011 and covered the Laurentians, the Outaouais and Bas-St-Laurent regions as well as the city of St-Hubert.
We are now extending the period and regions covered to include parts of Ontario and the United States.

The NBMDS is equipped with a multiple field search engine. As with most of our tools, we recommend that you limit your initial search to only a few fields; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to navigate through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

You may browse the NBMDS tool with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Records and documents from the United States and Ontario available on Genealogy Quebec

Even though Genealogy Quebec primarily focuses on Quebec genealogy, the website offers multiple collections from Ontario and the United States.

Drouin Collection Records

You will find various documents from the United States and Ontario in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “États-Unis” and “Ontario” folders.

These documents are mostly Catholic parish registers but you will also find some newspapers and other bits of historically relevant publications.

Here are the parish registers available under the Ontario folder:

Alban Alexandria Alfred Almonte
Amherstburg Apple-Hill Arnprior Azilda
Belle-Rivière Bell’s Corners Billing’s Bridge Blezard Valley
Blind River Bonfield Bourget Brightside
Brudenell Burwash Cache Bay Callander
Capreol Carlsbad Spring Cartier Casselman
Chatham Chelmsford Chrysler Chute-à-Blondeau, Prescott
Clarence Creek Coniston Cooper Cliff Corbeil
Corkery Cornwall Creighton Mines Cumberland
Curran Cyrville Dickenson’s Landing Douglas
Dwyer Eastview Eganville Elliot Lake
Embrun Espanola Essex Estaire
Falconbridge Fallowfield Field Fitzroy Harbor
Fort Frontenac Fort William Fournier Garden River
Garson Gatchell Glen-Nevis Glen-Robertson
Glen-Walter Greenfield Hammond Hanmer
Hawkesbury Îles Manitoulin Killarney Lafontaine
Lancaster LaPasse Larchwood Lavigne
Leamington Lebel Lefaivre Lemieux
Levack Limoges Little Current Lively
Lochiel Lockerby L’Orignal Maidstone
Manitouwadge Manotick Marionville Markstay
Massey Matachewan Mattawa McGregor
Metcalfe Metcalfe et Osgoode Minnow Lake Mont-St-Patrick
Moose Creek New Sudbury Noëlville North Bay
Orleans Osgoode Ottawa Paincourt
Pakenham Pembroke Plantagenet Pointe-aux-Roches
Port-Arthur Richmond River Valley Rivière-aux-Canards
Rockland Sarsfield Sault-Ste-Marie Skead (Sudbury)
South Gloucester South March Spanish Spragge
St-Albert St-Andrew’s West St-Bernadin St-Charles
Ste-Anne, Prescott St-Eugène, Prescott St-Isidore, Prescott St-Joachim
St-Pascal-Baylon St-Pierre St-Raphaël Sturgeon Falls
Sudbury Tecumseh Temagami Thessalon
Tilbury Treadwell Val Caron Vankleek Hill
Vars Verner Wahnapitei Warren
Wawa Wawa et Michipicoten Webbwood Wendover
White Fish White River Wikwemikong Williamstown
Windsor Woodslee

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)

The 1881 Ontario census is available on Genealogy Quebec. If you are subscribed to the website, you may browse it here.

Antonin-Loiselle File

The Antonin-Loiselle File is an index of marriage files from Quebec but also from the United States, specifically Fall River, MA and Manchester, NH.

Genealogy Quebec subscribers may browse this collection at this address.

Finally, you will find various documents pertaining to Ontario and the United States in the Drouin Great Collections, the Kardex, and the Obituary section.

What’s new on the Drouin Institute blog?

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)
An article about the Census tool, which is available on

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Genealogy Quebec user guide

This guide will help you navigate the various pages and collections available on

Table of contents

Subscribing to’s tools and collections require a subscription to use. In order to subscribe, head over to the subscription page, and select the subscription of your choosing (24h, 1 month, 1 year).

After selecting your subscription option, you will be redirected to the account creation process, where you will need to enter your email address as well as a username and password of your choosing.

Once you have entered and validated your account information, your account will be created. You will then be prompted to purchase your subscription.

On the subscription purchase page, you will be asked to select your payment method (Paypal or Credit Card) as well as to confirm your subscription option. Clicking on the “Pay” button will redirect you to Paypal or Stripe, depending on your payment method, and allow you to proceed with the payment.

Your subscription will be activated as soon as the payment is processed, which should be instant.

Please note that you can also subscribe by phone using your credit card by calling us at 514-400-3961.

Unsubscribing from

If you’ve subscribed using Paypal or your credit card, your subscription will be set to renew automatically. To cancel this automatic renewal, head over to the unsubscribe page and click on “Stop the automatic payments”. If you’re having trouble with this process, contact us at or 514-400-3961.

Logging into your account

To start using your subscription, you must log into your Genealogy Quebec account. To do so, head over to the login page and enter the username and password you have selected earlier.

Password recovery

If you have lost or forgotten your password, head over to this page and enter your email address. You will receive an email containing a link which will allow you to select a new password for your account.

Accessing’s tools and collections

To access Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you can use the “Search tools” tab in the menu bar.

Genealogy Quebec’s tools are separated in 3 categories.

  • Primary research tools

These are the most comprehensive and detailed tools available on the website: The LAFRANCE, the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool, and the Obituary section. For most of our subscribers, these 3 tools will be sufficient to find their ancestors and retrace their lineage. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Secondary research tools

These are our complimentary research tools. They are used to address potential gaps in searches made using our primary research tools, or to add additional sources and information to these searches. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Archival funds and databases

These tools use a file tree structure. They are not equipped with a search engine and must be browsed manually.


On the Tools page, users may get more information regarding each tool, such as the type of document, the period and region covered as well as a short tutorial, by clicking on “More information”.

Other useful links (guides, tutorials, FAQ)

What is the PRDH-IGD?

What is Genealogy Quebec?

Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD: the similarities, differences, and why you should subscribe to both

Establishing your ancestry and finding your ancestors using Genealogy Quebec

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

Research helper – Keywords

This section gives you a concise overview of the period, regions and type of documents covered by each of Genealogy Quebec’s tools. Complimentary information is included between parenthesis when the period, region or type of document is only partially covered by the tool.


17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21th century




Rest of Canada

United States





You will find a more detailed version of this research helper on this PDF file.

Using the LAFRANCE


Using the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

Using the Obituary section

The Obituary section

Using the Drouin Institute’s Great Collections

Drouin Institute’s Great collections

Using the Petit NBMDS tool

The NBMDS tool

Using the Connolly File

The Connolly File

Using the Drouin Family Genealogies

Drouin Institute’s Family Genealogies

Using the Census tool

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)

Using the Notarized documents tool

Notarized documents

Using the Postcards tool


Using the Acadia – Families tool

Acadia – Families

Using the Drouin Collection Records

The Drouin Collection Records (1621 to 1967)

Using the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections

Using the Kardex

The Kardex

Using the Loiselle File

The Loiselle File

Using the City Directories

City directories

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)

This tool offers a detailed index of the 1881 and 1901 censuses from the province of Quebec, as well as the 1881 census from the province of Ontario.

This tool indexes a total of 5 012 907 individuals.

The search engine allows you to search in every field contained in the census. Note that these fields differ by census.

1881 Quebec census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Religion
  • Language

1901 Quebec census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Year
  • Month
  • Day
  • Family relationship

1881 Ontario census fields:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Sex
  • Status
  • District
  • District #
  • Sub district
  • Sub district #
  • Age
  • Birthplace
  • Religion
  • Language

Here is the list of districts available per census:

List of the districts from Quebec 1881 Census

List of the districts from Ontario 1881 Census

List of the districts from Quebec 1901 Census

Please note that the original image of the census isn’t available in this collection.

You may view this collection with a subscription to at this address.

Over a million new images and files – A look back on 2018

The year 2018 was a busy one for the Drouin team, with the addition of more than a million images and files to Genealogy Quebec as well as the publication of numerous blog posts related to Quebec genealogy. Here is a retrospective of the last year.

Additions to and’s tools and collections in 2018

A massive update was applied to, which doubled the total amount of individuals in the database.

More information on

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The development of the LAFRANCE continued in 2018 with the addition of tens of thousands of Catholic baptisms and burials from the 1850s, as well as all Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec in 1917.

76 443 baptisms added

28 516 burials added

15 482 marriages added

More information on the LAFRANCE

Browse the LAFRANCE (subscription required)

City directories

We started 2018 with the addition of a new collection, the City directories tool. This tool contains the Marcotte directory of the city of Quebec, and Lovell directory of the city of Montreal from the 1840s to the beginning of the 20th century.

More information on the City directories tool

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Acadia – Families

This tool contains family files based on the original parish records of Acadia and covers from 1621 to 1849. In 2018, the amount of files and individuals contained in the database doubled.

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34 775 baptism, marriage and burial files were added to the Kardex tool this year. The Kardex is a directory of files that mostly pertain to Catholic and Protestant marriages as well as notarized contracts. The files cover from 1621 to 1950 for Quebec, Ontario and a small part of the United States.

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Internet obituaries – Free section

The Internet obituary section is updated weekly. In 2018, nearly 200 000 obituaries were added to the collection.

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This collection of 256 000 postcards initially only contained the image of the back of the cards. The update applied in 2018 allowed us to add the front of the cards, doubling the number of images in the collection.

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Newspaper obituaries

60 000 obituaries were added to the Newspaper obituaries section in 2018.

This tool contains 664 000 death notices published in Quebec newspapers between 1945 and 2015. In addition, a search engine was added to the tool in order to make it more user-friendly.

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Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections

Jetté dictionary

  • 2852 files produced by René Jetté during the creation of his famous “Dictionnaire Jetté” were added in file 19 – Dictionnaire Jetté.

Genealogical charts

  • 2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website were added in the file 24 – Lignées généalogiques.

Statutes of the Province of Quebec

  • Addition of various legal documents related to, among other things, adoptions, estates and name changes. Can be found in the file 25 – Statuts de la province de Québec.

Municipal archives

  • Addition of 17 948 images from books and minutes from the cities of Victoriaville, St-Paul-de-Chester and St-Louis-de-Blandford. Can be found in the file 16 – Archives municipales.

More information on the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections

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Browse all these collections – and more – by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!

Blog articles published in 2018


Our primary goal in 2019 is to continue and accelerate the development of our genealogical collections, but also to facilitate their use and make the experience a more seamless one. It promises to be a very busy year!

Stay tuned…

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

30 000 baptism and burial records added to the LAFRANCE

An update has been applied to the LAFRANCE in early December. This update pertains to the Catholic baptism and burial records celebrated in the province of Quebec between 1850 and 1861.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 22 503 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 7 086 records added

The corrections suggested by our users over the past month have also been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849.

Baptisms and burials from the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through bimonthly updates.

Updated parishes

Here is the list of parishes affected by this update.

Parish name Event type Min year Max year Added records
Baie-St-Paul b 1828 1828 7
Baie-St-Paul m 1828 1828 1
Baie-St-Paul s 1828 1828 3
Beauport b 1844 1844 2
Berthierville (Berthier-en-Haut) b 1849 1849 1
Berthierville (Berthier-en-Haut) s 1849 1849 1
Compton b 1855 1861 519
Compton s 1855 1861 122
Inverness b 1859 1861 49
Inverness s 1860 1861 9
La Baie b 1849 1849 1
La Prairie y 1833 1833 1
Les Escoumins b 1850 1861 463
Les Escoumins s 1850 1861 80
Lieu inconnu s 1830 1830 1
L’Islet b 1850 1861 2463
L’Islet s 1850 1861 1050
Lotbinière b 1847 1847 1
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) b 1858 1858 3041
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) s 1858 1858 2000
Montréal (St-Patrick) b 1859 1861 2759
Papineauville b 1853 1861 541
Papineauville s 1853 1861 131
Pointe-Gatineau b 1850 1861 1034
Pointe-Gatineau s 1850 1861 359
Ristigouche b 1842 1845 2
St-André-Avellin b 1845 1889 789
St-André-Avellin s 1854 1861 184
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) b 1861 1861 44
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) s 1861 1861 11
St-Benoît b 1815 1815 1
St-Camillus de Farellton b 1850 1861 473
St-Camillus de Farellton s 1853 1861 11
St-Césaire m 1889 1889 1
St-Cyprien-de-Léry (Napierville) b 1830 1830 23
St-Cyprien-de-Léry (Napierville) s 1830 1830 6
St-Denis-sur-Richelieu b 1818 1818 1
Ste-Élisabeth (Seigneurie Dautray) s 1842 1842 1
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) b 1854 1861 715
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) s 1854 1861 200
Ste-Sophie-de-Mégantic b 1855 1861 574
Ste-Sophie-de-Mégantic s 1855 1861 177
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold b 1849 1861 1085
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold s 1850 1861 287
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax b 1850 1861 1854
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax s 1850 1861 427
St-Jacques-de-Leeds b 1855 1861 137
St-Jean-Port-Joli b 1850 1861 1925
St-Jean-Port-Joli s 1850 1861 813
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) b 1850 1861 2234
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) s 1850 1861 495
St-Laurent I.O. s 1793 1793 1
St-Michel-de-Percé b 1828 1832 7
St-Michel-de-Percé s 1826 1830 3
St-Roch-des-Aulnaies b 1850 1861 1362
St-Roch-des-Aulnaies s 1850 1861 644
Sts-Anges-Gardiens-de-Cascapédiac (New Richmond) s 1838 1838 1
St-Stephen of Old Chelsea b 1850 1861 426
St-Stephen of Old Chelsea s 1850 1861 74
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix b 1838 1839 2
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix s 1844 1844 1

You can consult the LAFRANCE and find your ancestors by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec right now!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Acadian genealogy – Researching your Acadian ancestors

The term Acadian is used to identify the descendants of the first French and European settlers established in Acadia during the New France era. Originally from west-central France, they settled starting in 1604 in an area comprising parts of the Maritime Provinces and Quebec, which is known today as Acadia.

As is the case with French Canadian genealogy, Acadian genealogy is largely based on the parish records of the Catholic Church. Due to their French roots, a majority of Acadians were Catholic.

It is predominantly through baptism, marriage and burial records that we are able to trace the family history of the Acadians.

Acadian genealogy

Acadian genealogy is not as well documented as that of surrounding regions, which can be attributed to the disappearance of a large number of records and documents during the Great Upheaval. Nonetheless, there are several tools and databases related to Acadian genealogy available online.

Free acadian research websites contains a database of more than 750,000 individuals and 300,000 Acadian families that can be searched for free. The database contains the dates and places of birth, marriage and death of hundreds of thousands of Acadian descendants, and sometimes even photos of the individuals and the original records themselves. It is an excellent resource for finding Acadian ancestors and cousins., another great Acadian research website, offers a comprehensive list of resources pertaining to Acadian genealogy. It also contains Acadian censuses that can be consulted directly on the website. In addition, various family associations and websites dedicated to Acadian families, all classified by family name, are compiled here.

Acadian genealogy on Genealogy Quebec, the Drouin Instiute’s genealogical research website, offers two research tools dedicated to Acadian genealogy.

The Drouin collection Records

The Drouin Collection records are a collection of parish registers (baptisms, marriages and burials) from Quebec, Acadia, as well as parts of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States. Here we are focusing on the Acadian records.

Acadian parish register from the Drouin Collection

Here is the list of the Acadian parish registers available in the Drouin Collection:

Acadie (St-Bernard) Acadie (St-Pierre) Acadieville
Ardouane voir Cocagne Argyle (Ste-Anne) Arichat
Baie-des-Winds voir Cocagne Baie-du-Vin Baie-Ste-Marie (Nouvelle-Écosse)
Baie-Verte voir Cocagne Balmoral Barachois
Barnaby-River Bartibogue Bathurst
Beaubassin Belledune Blackville
Bouctouche Boujagane voir Cocagne Burnt
Cam’s River Cap-Pelé Caraquet
Central Kingsclear Charlo Chatham
Chigibouachis voir Cocagne Chigibougouet voir Cocagne Chimougouis voir Cocagne
Clair Cocagne Dalhousie
Dorchester Drummond Ecouipahaq
Edmunston Eel-Ground Escuminac
Fairville Fort St-Jean Frédéricton
Gagetown Gédaic voir Cocagne Gloucester, comté
Golding-Grove Grande-Digue Grand-Sault
Haute-Aboujagane Hillsborough Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Île-Royale Île-St-Jean Johnville
Kent, comté de Kouchibouguac Lac Baker
Lamèque Loch-Lomond Louisbourg
Lower-Caraquet Madawaska Maliseet
Memramcook Milltown Moncton
Mont-Carmel Nash Creek Néguac (Northumberland)
Nelson Newcastle Northumberland, Comté de
Norton Notre-Dame-de-Kent Paquetville
Petersville Petit-Rocher Plaisance
Pokemouche-en-Bas Pokemouche-en-Haut Port-Royal
Red-Bank Remous-Bridge Restigouche, comté de
Rexton Richibouctou Richmond
Riverside Rivière-Jacquet Robertville
Rogersville Sackville Scoudouc
Shédiac Shemogue Shippagan
St-André St-Andrew St-Anselme
St-Basile St-Charles-Borromée St-Charles-les-Mines
Ste-Anne Ste-Anne-de-Kent Ste-Anne-de-Restigouche
St-François-Xavier St-Georges St-Ignace-de-Kent
St-Isidore St-Jacques St-Jean
St-Léonard St-Louis-des-Français St-Paul-de-Kent
St-Stephen Sunbury Sussex
Tracadie Victoria Wellington
Westmorland Woodstock  

The years covered differ according to the register. The collection also contains Acadian censuses from 1673 to 1784.

The Acadia – Families tool

This tool contains family files based on the Acadian parish records mentioned above. In total, the tool contains 96 000 family files from 1621 to 1849 and is equipped with a search engine which allows searches by last name, first name, date and parish.

In addition, the original records are attached to the family files, allowing the information contained in them to be viewed and verified.

You will find more information about this tool at this address.


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