The PRDH website is celebrating its 20th anniversary!

The PRDH website is celebrating its 20th anniversary! It was in the summer of 1999 that the Université de Montréal’s Programme de recherche en démographie historique  (PRDH) launched the website, with the goal of sharing the genealogical information compiled by the PRDH with the public.

Produced in collaboration with Maison Gaëtan Morin éditeur, and thanks to a grant from the  Fonds de l’autoroute de l’information, an initiative of the Government of Quebec aimed at increasing the presence of French-language content on the Internet, the website was the latest step in an already 20 year old process of making the PRDH data available outside of the academic fields.

The PRDH database takes the form of a computerized population register, composed of biographical files on all individuals of European ancestry who lived in the St. Lawrence Valley. The file for each individual gives the date and place of birth, marriage(s), and death, as well as family and conjugal ties with other individuals. This basic information is complemented by various socio-demographic characteristics drawn from documents: socio-professional status and occupation, ability to sign his or her name, place of residence, and, for immigrants, place of origin.

Over the years, the PRDH has become an evolutionary and multi-purpose database, available for queries regarding various human populations in general and that of Quebec in particular. It is a truly interdisciplinary information system.

Baptism certificate from the PRDH website

The project relies on exhaustive gathering of data from the parish registers of old Quebec. By systematic attribution of baptism, marriage, and burial certificates to the respective individuals – a “family reconstruction” made on the basis of names and family ties – people are identified and their biographies established. Thus, the PRDH contains the personal history of the Quebec ancestors of all French-Canadians and is of interest to a broad public.

Individual file from the PRDH-IGD website

That is why the PRDH inaugurated, in 1980, a series of publications intended for the general public – directory of baptisms, marriages and burials in 47 volumes covering the French Regime, CD-ROM extending this directory to the whole of the XVIIIth century, Genealogical dictionary of families from the origin of the province to 1765 on Cd-Rom -, culminating with the opening of the website in 1999. The sale of these various products derived from its academic activities has provided the PRDH with revenues that have always been reinvested in the project.

Constantly corrected when necessary and enriched over time, the PRDH site quickly became the reference for 17th and 18th century genealogy in Quebec. Moreover, the PRDH established a fruitful collaboration with the Drouin Genealogical Institute about ten years ago to pool their resources and expertise to extend the coverage of the PRDH database to the 1840s. Assisted by a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) obtained for the establishment of an integrated infrastructure of historical micro-data of the population of Quebec (IMPQ), the PRDH directory has now been extended to 1849, tripling the number of civil records in the database.

Family file from the PRDH website

Today, PRDH-IGD.com contains more than 2.5 million records and offers researchers, as well as amateur and professional genealogists, one of the most comprehensive database of its kind.

You can start using this incredible database right now by subscribing here!

And for a more in depth explanation of the database’s structure, as well as tips on how to best use the website, you’ll want to read this article on the Drouin Institute blog.

 

Bertrand and François Desjadins

The 1741 Montreal census is now available on PRDH-IGD.com!

The 1741 Montreal city census has just been added to PRDH-IGD.com, thanks to the generous contribution of author and genealogist Marcel Fournier.

In addition, every individual listed in this census has been identified and linked with their PRDH-IGD Individual file.

These 553 new records can be viewed now with a subscription to PRDH-IGD.com.

What is PRDH-IGD.com?

PRDH-IGD is a directory of ALL vital events (baptisms, marriages and burials) recorded by the Catholic church in Quebec and French Canada from 1621 to 1849, as well as a genealogical dictionary of families. The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2 500 000 records.

What makes PRDH-IGD unique is how these records are connected to one another through genealogical links, which we refer to as Family Reconstructions. In addition to the baptism, marriage and burial files, PRDH-IGD contains individual and family files.

Any individual mentioned in a BMD record from the database is attributed an individual file. Similarly, any married couple mentioned in a BMD record gets their own family file, which lists all of the couple’s children.

To learn more about PRDH-IGD, you can read this article on the Drouin Institute blog.

You may also be interested in this article, which explains the similarities and differences between GenealogyQuebec.com and PRDH-IGD.com.

PRDH-IGD and Genealogy Quebec in a library near you!

Several libraries and genealogical societies now offer free-access to Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD, mainly in Quebec but also in the rest of Canada and the United States. Contact your local library or genealogical society to see if free access to the websites is available!

Libraries and genealogical societies tend to rely on suggestions and demand when selecting resources to add to their catalog. As such, the best way to have your local institution provide Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD access is simply to ask them to!

You can do so by calling or visiting the library, and letting the librarian or person in charge know about the websites.
Some libraries even allow you to suggest resources through an online form.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

43 164 baptism, marriage and burial records have been added to the NBMDS tool on GenealogyQuebec.com!

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”. ”

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

All of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1918 are now available on the LAFRANCE!

All of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1918 have been added to the LAFRANCE, one of the 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com‘s subscribers!

This update represents the addition of 11 167 marriage records to the database.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1918, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials recorded in Quebec between 1621 and 1861 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849.

You can start tracing your ancestors on the LAFRANCE by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec right now!

Finding the original document associated with a 1918 marriage

When you view a marriage certificate on the LAFRANCE, an image of the original parish document is usually associated with it.

In the case of Quebec’s 1918 Catholic marriages, the association between the certificate and the image will be made within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you will need to refer to the Drouin Collection Records to view the original document.

To do so, start with the marriage certificate for which you want to find the original document. We will use the marriage of Charles Emile Fillion and Yvonne Boucher on June 18, 1918 in Matane as an example.

We begin by opening the Drouin Collection Records tool and clicking on the “Québec” folder, which contains every parish register recorded in the province of Quebec between 1621 and the 1940s.

It is then a question of finding, within the folders, the parish in which the desired marriage was recorded. In our case, the parish is Matane, as indicated in the marriage certificate. We will find it under the “M” folder.

Opening the 1918 folder under Matane provides us with the list of images pertaining to the Matane register for that year. The images are sorted in chronological order; the first images will contain the January records, while the last few images will contain the December records. Since the marriage we are looking for was recorded on June 18th, we know that it will be found around the middle of the image series.

After browsing through a few images, we are able to find the original document pertaining to Charles Emile Fillion and Yvonne Boucher’s marriage.

New articles on the Drouin Institute Blog

French-Canadian “dit names” and nicknames, by François Desjardins

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

French-Canadian “dit names” and nicknames

If you’ve ever done genealogical research in Quebec, chances are that you’ve encountered “dit names”, which are secondary family names associated with a primary name, sometimes even replacing it.

These abound in the nominative history of ancient Quebec. Their origins are multiple: military nicknames, nicknames related to a physical characteristic or to the place of origin, names of fiefs among nobles, mother’s name, father’s name, etc. Some go back to the early ancestors, others are introduced by descendants; some are transmitted, others not; some are specific to the entire family line, others only concern a subset.

The result of this is that an individual may be identified under a nickname or secondary surname at any time, with no way real way to predict when.

Example from GenealogyQuebec.com’s LAFRANCE, an individual bearing the “dit name” “Bellefleur” in addition to “Pelletier”

In the context of genealogical research, “dit names” can be seen as a second family name given to an individual.

To illustrate the phenomenon, we can use Roy dit Desjardins, a frequent “dit name” combination. If you come from the Roy dit Desjardins line, your ancestors may have been named Desjardins, Roy and Roy Desjardins over the generations, which can be confusing if you are not familiar with the concept of “dit names”. Your ancestors could have alternated between one or both of these names over the records, for seemingly no reason!

Which is why you will find, on PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com‘s LAFRANCE, a window dedicated to “nickname / dit name” associations. This window is located directly in the search engine.

When you enter a surname in the search engine, you will see the “dit names” associated with this last name according to their frequency in the database. This tool is particularly useful since it can allow you to trace a line of individuals who have held different family names over the generations. For example, if you do not find the marriage of the parents of your ancestor Pierre Desjardins, you will know that it is possible for Pierre Desjardins’ father to be named Roy on his wedding record, allowing you to trace the record in question more easily.

“Dit names” in the context of genealogical research

“Dit names” can help you as well as hinder your genealogical research, hence the importance of being familiar with the concept.

On the one hand, “dit names” represent, in a record, an additional source of information to identify an individual. That is, an individual with a “dit name” will be easier to identify over the various records, as the combination of the two names should distinguish it from other individuals with more common names.

For example, if you are looking for an ancestor by the name of Pierre Tremblay, you may have difficulty distinguishing him from the dozens of other Pierre Tremblay who are his contemporaries. On the other hand, if your ancestor is named Pierre Tremblay dit Boucher, it should be much easier to identify him in the records as it is a more recognizable and unique name.

However, “dit names” can also be an obstacle in your search for your French-Canadian ancestors, especially if you do not take them into account when doing your research.

Let’s use Roy dit Desjardins as an example of a common “dit name”. If you descend from the Roy dit Desjardins line, your ancestors could have been named Desjardins, Roy, and Roy Desjardins over the generations.

If you are not familiar with the “dit name” concept and are looking for records pertaining to your ancestor Pierre Roy, your research may omit several records where he is identified as Pierre Desjardins. This is why it is important to search for the both surnames individually when your ancestor has a “dit name”.

The PRDH-IGD (subscribe to PRDH-IGD) and GenealogyQuebec’s LAFRANCE (subscribe to Genealogy Quebec) search engines give you the ability to search for two last names at a time for a single individual. You can either search for both or one of the 2 names entered. To do so, select either “AND” or “OR” in the drop down menu located between the two name fields.

GenealogyQuebec.com’s LAFRANCE search engine
PRDH-IGD’s search engine

The search engine will then find all the individuals with one or/and the other of the selected names, which ensures you do not miss any records pertaining to your ancestor.

Name-nickname associations in the LAFRANCE and on PRDH-IGD.com

Wondering what combinations of surnames and “dit names” were most common at the time of your ancestors?

You can find out thanks to this free tool made available to you by Genealogy Quebec:

Name-nickname associations in the LAFRANCE

Simply enter the name you are interested in to obtain a list of all the names associated with it in one of the 3.6 million records contained in the LAFRANCE. These are listed in alphabetical order, and the frequency of each combination of names in the database is also indicated.

 

François Desjardins

New historical documents available in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections

Two new collections of historical documents were added to the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections, one of the 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

These new documents contain judicial records from the Trois-Rivières region dating back to New France, as well as notarized contracts from the Cornwall region of Ontario.

Trois-Rivières – Judicial records from New France

3909 images of historical judicial documents from the Trois-Rivières region have been added to the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections. You will find these images under the folder “27 – Trois-Rivières (Jurisdiction)

Here is what you will find in these new documents:

  • Royal and Seigneurial Jurisdiction of Trois-Rivières (1655 – 1757)
  • Seigneurial Jurisdiction of Cap-de-la-Madeleine (1659-1685)
  • Seigneurial Jurisdiction of Batiscan (1662, 1742-1753)
  • Champlain District Court of Justice (1762-1764)
  • Minutes of the notary Jacques Latouche (1664-1669)

These archives contain details and judgments surrounding the various civil and criminal cases undertaken by these courts over the highlighted periods.

You can consult these documents in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collectionswith a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com.

Ontario notarized documents

2673 images of notarized contracts from the Cornwall region of Ontario are now available in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections, under the folder “26 – Contrats notariés de l’Ontario“.

These notarized documents date from the 1860s to the 1980s. Most of these contracts are wills and letters of administration concerning the estate of a deceased person.

The notarized contracts are sorted under the last name of the person concerned by the contract, in alphabetical order. You can browse these documents in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com.

What are the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections?

The Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections contain a mix of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical significance.

  • Fonds d’archive (Archival fonds): Contains various archival fonds obtained from different sources and authors.
  • Archives municipales (Municipal archives): Contains the municipal archives of multiple Quebec cities. Can be browsed by city or by type of document.
  • Dictionnaire Jetté: The Jetté dictionary is a genealogical dictionary published in 1983. It covers the Quebec population of French origin.
  • PRDH: The original 47 PRDH volumes, which contain all Catholic baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec for the 1621-1765 period. 300 000 records in total.
  • Autres documents (Other documents): Contains various archives and documents of historical and genealogical interest.
  • Lignes de vie (Lifelines): Contains lifelines organized by family name.
  • Journaux anciens (Old newspapers): Contains digitized old newspapers.
  • Lignées généalogiques (Genealogical charts): 2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website
  • Statuts de la province de Québec: A variety of legal documents pertaining to adoptions, name changes and inheritances. The documents are sorted by the subject’s family name.
  • Contrats notariés de l’Ontario (Notarized documents from Ontario): 2673 images of notarized documents from the Cornwall region in Ontario, dated from between 1860 and 1990.
  • Trois-Rivières (Juridiction):  3909 images of judicial documents (juridiction royale et seigneuriale) from the Trois-Rivières region from the New-France era, 1655 – 1764.

This section is organized in a file tree. The names of the folders are used to identify and describe their content.

You can browse the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

New historical newspapers now available on Genealogy Quebec!

4 new historical newspapers are now available on Genealogy Quebec!

You will find these 4696 new images in the Drouin Institute Miscellaneous Collections under the “23 – Journaux anciens” folder. These 4 newspapers join the Union de Woonsocket (1935-1971) and Union des Cantons-de-l’Est (1867-2008), already available on the website.

L’Avant-Garde (1896-1898)

L’Avant-Garde was a political newspaper published in the Quebec City area starting from 1896. Conservative in nature, this newspaper was dedicated to protecting the French-speaking Catholic communities of Canada.

 

L’avenir de Québec (1893)

L’Avenir was a daily newspaper founded in Quebec City on May 27, 1893 by J. C. Langelier. It ceased publication shortly after, in July 1893.

 

Le Canada-Français (1961-1963 and 1968)

Le Canada-Français is a daily newspaper from the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu region which is still published to this day.

 

The Advertiser (1856-1861)

The Advertiser, and Eastern Townships Sentinel was a newspaper founded in 1856 by Lucius Seth Huntington and published in Knowlton, Estrie. It was the very first newspaper published in the region.

 

New GenealogyQuebec.com user guide

A new version of the user guide is now available on our blog at this address.

You will find instructions on how to subscribe, log in, recover your password and access tools as well as useful links and guides for each tool.
You will also find a concise overview of the period, regions and types of documents covered by each of Genealogy Quebec’s tools (a subscription is necessary to access these collections) :

Period

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21th century

Location

Quebec

Acadia

Rest of Canada

United States

Religion

Catholic

Protestant

Other

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

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)
Osgoode

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 PRDH-IGD.com 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