43 164 baptism, marriage and burial records from 21 parishes of the Mauricie region have been added to the NBMDS tool, one of the 16 collections offered to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.
These records extend from 1846 to 1999 and were provided by the Société généalogique de Shawinigan. You can visit their website at http://www.histoireshawinigan.org/.
These new records can be consulted right now in the NBMDS tool (requires a subscription to Genealogy Quebec).
What is the NBMDS tool?
The NBMDS tool is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptism, marriage and burial records, mostly from the province of Quebec. The tool contains over 1.2 million records and is divided in 3 sections; baptisms, marriages, burials.
The regions covered by the tool are:
- The Bas-St-Laurent region (1727 to 2011)
- The Laurentides region (1727 to 2011)
- The Outaouais region (1727 to 2011)
- The Mauricie region, specifically the Shawinigan region (1846 to 1999)
- The city of St-Hubert (1727 to 2011)
The marriage section also contains some 120 000 marriage records from the United States and Ontario, dated from between the 17th century and the end of the 20th century.
You will find more information about the NBMDS tool as well as search tips and best practices in this blog article.
Maple Stars and Stripes – French-Canadian genealogy podcast
Want to learn even more about the NBMDS tool? Do not miss a comprehensive overview of this collection in the latest episode of the Maple Stars and Stripes podcast, featuring Bertrand Desjardins and Sandra Goodwin.
Maple Stars and Stripes is a podcast dedicated to the genealogy and history of French -Canadians. 3 other episodes dedicated to the Drouin Institute collections are also available for listening:
Ep. 65: The Drouin Institute’s Lafrance Database and the PRDH
Ep. 72: Drouin Collection Records-part 1
Ep. 73: Drouin Collection Records-part 2
The Forgotten in Genealogy – Clergenealogy
The Drouin genealogical Institute is proud to support the Société de généalogie Saint-Hubert and its brand new website Clergenealogie.org, a free genealogical research website focusing entirely on members of the clergy. Clergenealogie.org currently lists over 128 000 members of the clergy who lived between the 16th century and today. You can explore this incredible database for free by registering at this address: https://clergenealogie.org/newacctform.php
“Some researchers estimate that over 120 000 young women and men in French America have dedicated their lives to religious service from the beginnings of New France to the present day. Their contribution to society is significant; they have worked in the fields of education, health and helping the most deprived (orphans, disabled, elderly, patients with intellectual disabilities, etc …) in addition to their religious functions.
The birth of these people is overwhelmingly recorded in baptismal records. But anyone who tries to follow the lives of these children to reconstruct the story of a family often loses their trace. Their religious commitment, regularly involving a name change, often “separated them from the world”. The vow of chastity they pronounced prevented them from getting married, leaving us with no marriage records to track them. Information about their deaths is often difficult to find, as religious communities sometimes have their own cemeteries and registers. They have become the “forgotten in genealogy”. ”
The Drouin team