The Drouin Collection Records

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The Drouin Collection Records is a collection of images of parish registers (baptisms, burials and marriages) as well as of other documents of historical and genealogical significance. It covers all of Quebec and French Acadia as well as parts of Ontario, New Brunswick and the Northeastern United States. This massive collection contains the entirety of Quebec’s civil registry from 1621 to the 1940s, which encompasses the vast majority of individuals who lived in the province during that period, making it an invaluable tool for genealogical research in the province.

The Drouin Collection Records are presented in a file tree structure.

It contains the following collections:

  • 00_Inventaire des microfilms (Microfilm inventory)
  • Acadie (Acadia)
    • Lieux de A à W (Locations from A to W)
    • Registres paroissiaux du nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick (North West New Brunswick parish registers)
  • Divers – Miscellaneous
  • États-Unis – USA
  • France
  • Notaires – Notaries
  • Ontario
  • Québec
    • Fonds Drouin (Drouin Fond)
    • Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 (Parish registers 1621-1876)
    • Registres paroissiaux du Fonds Létourneau (1820-2013) (Fonds Létourneau parish registers (1820-2013))
    • Registres québécois, Actes découpés (Quebec registers, cut-out records)
    • Registres québécois, Série 4000 (1801-2008) (Série 4000 Quebec registers (1801-2008))
  • Recensements – Censuses

What is a parish register?

Parish registers contain three types of records, baptisms, marriages and burials, corresponding to three sacraments bestowed by the Catholic Church to attest to their members’ status as Christians as well as their marital status. Parish records usually contain the following information:

  • Name or first name of the subject(s)
  • Name and first name of the subject(s) parents
  • Event recording date
  • Event date
  • Parish in which the event was recorded
  • Place of origin and/or place of residence of the individuals mentioned in the record
  • List of witnesses to the event
  • Signatures of the subject(s), parents and witnesses
  • Age of the subject(s)
  • Complementary information such as matrimonial status, name of the previous spouse, whether an individual is deceased at the time of recording of the event, and more
Example of a parish record as presented on Genealogy Quebec’s LAFRANCE tool

In France, the earliest registers date back to the medieval era but only became mandatory in the 16th century, in time to be implanted at the very outset of the country’s North-American colonies. And as the civil authorities were interested in recording these events because of their legal value, they ordered that the registers be kept in two copies by the priests, one copy being turned over to them each year.

In Genealogy Quebec’s Drouin Collection Records, this civil copy can be found under the Fonds Drouin folder, while the religious copy is located under the Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 (Parish registers 1621-1876) folder.

This procedure was maintained well into the XXth century, parish registers thus representing both for its size and coverage one of Quebec’s most important archival sources for the historical study of its population.

00_Inventaire des microfilms (Microfilm inventory)

This folder contains the inventory of microfilms from which all of the Drouin collection’s images have been digitized.

Acadie (Acadia)

Lieux de A à W

The Lieux de A à W (Locations from A to W) folder contains the registers of many parishes of French Acadia. Note that a majority of the Acadian registers were lost during the deportation of 1755, so most of the registers in this collection date from after this event.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

As of January 2020, these parishes are in the process of being indexed and will be gradually added to the LAFRANCE, a detailed index of Quebec, Ontario and Acadia parish registers available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Here are the parishes available in the Acadie (Acadia) folder:

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

 

Registres paroissiaux du nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick (North West New Brunswick parish registers)

The Registres paroissiaux du nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick (North West New Brunswick parish registers) contain the parish registers of numerous parishes from North West New Brunswick up to the 1990s.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

Here are the parishes available in the Registres paroissiaux du nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick (North West New Brunswick parish registers) collection:

Aroostook Red Rapids
Baker-Brook Rivière-Verte
Blue Bell Saint-André
Clair Saint-Basile
Connors Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska
Drummond (Catholique) Saint-François-Xavier
Edmunston (Immaculée-Conception) Saint-Georges
Edmunston (Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs) Saint-Hilaire
Edmunston (Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur) Saint-Jacques
Fredericton (Ste-Anne) Saint-Joseph
Grand-Sault Saint-Léonard
Kedgwick Saint-Léonard-Parent
Lac-Baker Saint-Léonard-Ville
Limestone Siding Saint-Martin
Maliseet Saint-Quentin
Perth-Andover St-Jean-Baptiste
Plaster Rock Tilley

 Divers – Miscellaneous

The Divers – Miscellaneous folder contains, as its name suggests, various documents of historical and genealogical interest such as registers, family archives and genealogies, legal archives, letters, various religious documents, censuses, maps and much more.

As with the rest of the Drouin collection, the folders are organized in a file tree structure and their contents are navigated with the mouse. The name of a folder briefly describes its content.

États-Unis – USA

The États-Unis – USA folder primarily contains American parish registers covering several regions and periods. Most of the parishes listed in this collection are from the North Eastern United States and were selected because of the strong French Canadian presence within the area.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by state then parish name and year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

Here are various documents and registers found in the États-Unis – USA folder:

Alabama : Piercefield Michigan :
Mobile Pierrepont Cadillac’s Village of Detroit under Cadillac
  Pitcairn Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine
Arkansas : Port Henry Détroit, L’Assomption de Sandwich de Windsor
Fort St-Philippe Potsdam Détroit, Ste-Anne
  Rossie Journal «Le Francais pour Tous»
État de New York (State of New York) : Saranac Lake L’Arbre Croche (Mission)
American Legion Births Schroon Lake Makinac, Ste-Anne
Brushton Schuyler Falls Palena
Burke Shoen Family Bible St-Joseph de Michigan
Canton (Military Records) St. Lawrence County  
Chasm Falls St. Regis Falls Missouri :
Chateaugay The Kalb Florissant
Civil War Veterans 1890 Ticonderoga St-Louis
Dickinson Trout River  
Edward (Military Records) Tupper Lake New York :
Edwards Waddington Brasher Falls voir Hogansburg
Fine Westport Chazy voir Cooperville
Fine (Military Records)   Cooperville
Fort Covington Illinois : Fort Covington voir Hogansburg
Harrietstown Caskakias Fort Frédéric ou Fort Beauharnois
Hermon Fort de Chartres Hogansburg
Hogansburg Prairie du Rocher Malone voir Hogansburg
Hopkinton   Massena voir Hogansburg
Lisbon Indiana :  
Lisbon Centre Fort Vincennes Pennsylvanie :
Macomb   Fort Duquesne
Madrid Louisiane : Fort Presqu’Ile
Malone Saint Gabriel  
Massena   USA :
Mineville Maine : Births
Morristown Frenchville Massachusetts Births 1880
Norfolk Van Buren Massachusetts Births 1909
Norwood    
Ogdensburg Massachusetts : Wisconsin :
Ogdensburgh Archives of Massachusetts, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Green Bay, Baie-Verte
Parishville   Prairie-du-Chien

France

The France folder currently contains baptism, marriage and burial records from the city of Cannes.

We hope to be able to add more French registers and archives in the coming years.

Notaires – Notaries

The Notaires – Notaries folder contains an index of minutes from some 600 Quebec-based notaries.

The minutes are sorted under the names of the notaries in a file tree structure.

Ontario

The Ontario folder contains the parish registers of several Ontario parishes from their founding to the 1960s. Most of these parishes are located near the border between Quebec and Ontario and were selected because of the strong French Canadian presence within the area.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

As of January 2020, these parishes are in the process of being indexed and will be gradually added to the LAFRANCE, a detailed index of Quebec, Ontario and Acadia parish registers available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Here are the parishes available in the Ontario folder:

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

 

Québec

Fonds Drouin

The Fonds Drouin folder contains all of Quebec’s parish registers from their inception in 1621 all the way to the 1940s and even sometimes 1967 depending on the parish.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

In many cases, an index of the year’s records is available within the last few images of a folder. The presence of this index depends on the practices of the priest who kept the register at the time.

It is on this collection that the LAFRANCE index, another one of the multiple tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, is based. The LAFRANCE index contains all of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials between 1621 and 1861, all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages between 1621 and 1919, and all of Quebec’s Protestant marriages between 1760 and 1849.

 

Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 (Parish registers 1621-1876)

The Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 (Parish registers 1621-1876) folder contains the parish registers of Quebec from 1621 to 1876. However, these are not the same images as those available under the Fonds Drouin folder.

Historically, a parish priest in charge of recording baptisms, marriages and burials had to produce two copies of his register. One copy was kept at the church, and the other was sent to the court office, the so-called civil copy. The copy in the Fonds Drouin folder of the Drouin Collection Records is this civil copy, while the one in the Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 (Parish registers 1621-1876) folder is the religious copy kept in the church.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

 

Registres non-catholiques 1760-1885 (Non-Catholic registers 1760-1885)

The Registres non-catholiques 1760-1885 folder contains the registers of various Quebec non-Catholic parishes from 1760 to 1885.

Most of these registers are also available in the Fonds Drouin folder, but the version available in Registres non-catholiques 1760-1885 was photographed more recently and may prove useful if the Fonds Drouin copy is of poor quality.

Here are the parishes available in this folder:

Abénakis (Anglican Church) Baie Missisquoi (Anglican Church)
Berthier (Anglican Church) Bolton (Methodist Church)
Bolton (Wesleyan and Methodist Church) Bolton and Potton (Methodist Church)
Bolton, Stukely and Ely (Methodist Church) Brome (Methodist Church)
Canada-East (Methodist Church) Chambly (Methodist Church)
Chambly (Saint Stephen Anglican Church) Clarenceville (Anglican Church)
Clarenceville (Methodist Church) Clarenceville (Wesleyan Methodist Congregation)
Clarenceville Circuit (Wesleyan Methodist Church) Cowansville (Methodist Church)
Dunham (Methodist Church) Dunham (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Dunham (Wesleyan Methodist New Connexion Church) Dunham Circuit (Wesleyan Methodist Church)
Dunham Flat (Wesleyan Methodist Church) Farnham, canton (Anglican Church)
Frelighsburg (Anglican Church) Frelighsburg (Church of England)
Glen Sutton (Anglican Church) Granby, canton (Anglican Church)
Grande-Ligne (Baptist Church)) Hemmingford-Sherrington (Episcopal Church)
Henrysburg (Methodist Church) Henryville (Anglican Church)
Isle-aux-Noix (Episcopal Church) La Prairie (Presbyterian Church)
La Prairie (Saint Luke Anglican Church) L’Acadie (Anglican Church)
Lachine (Presbyterian St. Andrew’s Church) Lacolle (Episcopal Church)
Longueuil (Saint Mark’s Anglican Church) Mansonville (Church of England)
Milton et Roxton (Anglican Church) Montréal (Advent Christian Church)
Montréal (Christ Church Anglican) Montréal (Jewish German, Polish)
Montréal (Jewish, Spanish and Portuguese) Montréal (Lutheran St. John German Evangelical Church)
Montréal (Methodist Centenary Church, Pointe St. Charles ) Montréal (Methodist Dominion Square Church)
Montréal (Presbyterian Erskine Church) Montréal (Presbyterian Knox Church)
Montréal (Saint Jude Anglican Church) Montréal (Saint Luke Anglican Church)
Montréal (Saint Martin’s Anglican Church) Montréal (St John the Evangelist, Anglican Church)
Noyan (Anglican Church) Noyan et Foucault (Anglican Church)
Noyan et Foucault (Church of England) Odelltown (Methodist Wesleyan Church)
Philipsburg (Anglican Church) Potton (Anglican Church)
Potton (Church of England) Sabrevois (Episcopal Church)
Sorel (Christ Church) Sorel (St. Francis Congregational Church)
Sorel (William Henry Congregational Church) St-Armand (Anglican Church)
St-Armand (Episcopal Church) St-Armand-Est (Anglican Church)
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Anglican Church) St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Anglican Garrison)
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Caldwell Congregation Episcopal Church) St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Christieville Episcopal Church)
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Methodist Wesleyan Church) St-Rémi (Anglican Church)
Westmount (St-Mathias Anglican Church)

 

Registres paroissiaux du Fonds Létourneau (1820-2013) (Fonds Létourneau parish registers (1820-2013))

The Fonds Létounreau is a collection of parish registers photographed by the Société de Généalogie des Cantons-de-L’Est.

These registers cover the Sherbrooke diocese from the opening of the registers until 2013.

 

Registres québécois, Actes découpés (Quebec registers, cut-out records)

The Registres québécois, Actes découpés folder contains cut-out records taken from various parish registers in Abitibi-Témiscamingue as well as the Gaspé Peninsula. What differentiates these records is that they are individually cut-out from the parish register, often making them easier to browse and read.

 

Registres québécois, Série 4000 (1801-2008) (Série 4000 Quebec registers (1801-2008))

The Série 4000 contains parish registers from various regions in Quebec, mainly the Gaspé Peninsula, Mauricie, the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships and Outaouais. These registers cover from the beginning of the 19th century up to 2008.

The registers are organized in a file tree structure and the images are separated by parish name and then by year. Some parishes are sorted under the name of the city or region they serve, while others are listed according to the name of the parish itself.

It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.

This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded in that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.

Recensements – Censuses

The Recensements – Censuses folder contains censuses held in Eastern Canada at various times. The 1861 census of Lower Canada, the censuses of New Brunswick from 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901, as well as numerous excerpts from the censuses of New France dating from between 1666 and 1765. Note that these censuses are not always exhaustive.

The censuses are presented in a file tree structure and are navigated with the help of your cursor.

 

Image redigitization

The Drouin Institute is currently in the process of redigitizing several parish registers from the Drouin collection to improve their readability. These redigitized images are exclusive to GenealogyQuebec.com.

Old image
Re-digitized image

 

The Drouin Collection Records can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.