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

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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 GenealogyQuebec.com and PRDH-IGD.com’s tools and collections in 2018


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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 GenealogyQuebec.com experience a more seamless one. It promises to be a very busy year!

Stay tuned…

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team