Win a yearly subscription to Genealogy Quebec, 1000 PRDH-IGD hits, or $200 to spend on our online boutique!

The Drouin Institute is offering you the chance to win a yearly subscription to Genealogy Quebec, 1000 PRDH-IGD hits, or $200 to spend on our online boutique. Participating is free, quick and easy!

How to participate

All you need to enter the contest is a Genealogy Quebec account to which you have logged in at least once between April 29th 2020 and May 13th 2020, 3:00 PM EST. You do NOT need to have an active subscription on the account to be eligible for the contest.

If you do not have an account on Genealogy Quebec, simply create one (no credit card required). This should take you no more than a minute.


If you already own a Genealogy Quebec account, you must log in to it at least once between April 29th 2020 and May 13th 2020, 3:00 PM EST to ensure your participation in the draw. That’s all!

10 winners will be drawn at random on May 13th 2020 at 3:00 PM EST.

Make sure the email address associated with your Genealogy Quebec account is valid!
If you are drawn as a winner, you will be contacted via that email address. You will then have up to May 15th at 4:00 PM EST to claim your prize. If necessary, a second draw will take place on May 15th at 4:00 PM EST in order to allocate unclaimed prizes to new winners.

The prizes

Yearly subscription to Genealogy Quebec (Can$100 value) 

An annual subscription to Genealogy Quebec gives you access to the entire website and all its tools and collections for a period of 365 days.
Genealogy Quebec is a subscription-based research website regrouping all the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence.

The website’s 15 tools and collections amount to over 46 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as parts of the United States, Ontario and Acadia from 1621 to this day. Genealogy Quebec is by far the largest collection of Quebec genealogical and historical documents on the Web.
You will find more information about the website in this blog article.

 

1000 PRDH-IGD hits (Can$79.99 value)

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 baptism, marriage and burial files, the 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.

PRDH-IGD subscriptions work by using “hits”. These hits are valid for 23 months.
A “hit” is used every time a record certificate, an individual file, a family file or a couple file is viewed. The original search that leads to the result list is free. You will find more information about the structure of the database at this address.

 

$200 to spend on our online boutique (Can$200 value)

The Drouin Institute online boutique includes all the books and CD-ROMs produced by the Drouin Institute, more than 4,000 items. It also offers directories and books from various historical and genealogical societies in Quebec, Ontario and the United States. You will be free to spend these $200 on any item(s) in the boutique.

Rules

  1. To be eligible for the draw, you must own a Genealogy Quebec account that was either created or logged into between April 29th 2020 and May 13th 2020, 3:00 PM EST.
  2. This contest ends on May 13th 2020, 3:00 PM EST, at which time the winners will be chosen at random.
  3. The 10 winners will be contacted by email one hour after the draw (May 13th 2020, 4:00 PM EST), and will have until May 15th 2020, 4:00 PM EST to claim their prize. Once this date has passed, the unclaimed prizes will be the subject of a new draw, and can no longer be claimed by the original winners.
  4. 48 hours after the initial draw, if necessary, a new draw will be done to award the unclaimed prizes to new winners. They will also have 48 hours to claim their prize. This process will be repeated until the 10 winners have been selected and have received their prizes.
  5. The 10 winners will be announced publicly on our Facebook page and via our newsletter once the 10 prizes have been distributed.
  6. Are excluded from this contest: Any employee and representative of the Drouin Genealogical Institute and the people with whom they are domiciled. Any institutional account (library, society, museum, school, etc.).
  7. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement
  8. It is prohibited to create multiple Genealogy Quebec accounts in order to increase your chances of winning the draw. Individuals creating more than one account for this purpose will be disqualified.
  9. In order to select the 10 winners, a list will be produced from those eligible for the draw. Each individual in this list will be assigned a specific number (1, 2, 3, and so on). A random number generator will be used to generate a list of 10 numbers, and the individuals associated with these numbers will be the winners of the contest.
  10. A paid subscription to Genealogy Quebec, either current or previously active, is NOT necessary to participate in this contest.

 

Good luck!

The Drouin team

New records from Ontario and Acadia – Now over 46 million images and files on Genealogy Quebec!

Although the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic pose new challenges, the activities of the Drouin Genealogical Institute continue through teleworking.

Our indexing and digitizing efforts have allowed us to reach a new milestone on Genealogy Quebec, with now over 46 million images and files available on the website. This is another important step in our efforts to preserve and share the genealogical heritage of Quebec and New France, which wouldn’t be possible without our subscribers. Thank you!

Additionally, the indexing of parish registers from Ontario and Acadia is well on its way, with some 5920 baptism, marriage and burial records added to the LAFRANCE this month.


Marriage record as presented on GenealogyQuebec.com’s LAFRANCE

Here is an overview of the additions made for each parish:

Parish name Type of record Date range Number of records
Amherstburg (St-Jean) b 1802 1861 3990
Amherstburg (St-Jean) m 1825 1861 516
Amherstburg (St-Jean) d 1803 1861 1374
Ile-Royale b 1751 1757 3
Ile-Royale m 1742 1742 1
Ile-Royale d 1732 1744 8
Orléans b 1861 1861 1
Ottawa (Notre-Dame) b 1852 1852 1
Ottawa (St-Joseph) b 1858 1861 3
Paincourt b 1857 1859 8
Port-Royal m 1707 1747 2
Williamstown b 1855 1861 13
b = baptisms m = marriages d = deaths 

These records can now be browsed in the LAFRANCE, which also contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918, ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from 1621 to 1861 as well as ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849.
You will find more information about the LAFRANCE on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

To conclude, we would like to wish you and your family health, safety and courage in the context of the health crisis we are experiencing. We hope that genealogy may bring you some joy during this difficult period.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Six historical newspapers added to Genealogy Quebec

Six newspapers from the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu region have been added to the historical newspapers section available on Genealogy Quebec!

  • Écho d’Iberville (1880 to 1882 and 1919-1920)
  • La Voix du Peuple (1880)
  • L’Alliance (1893-1894)
  • L’Essor (1968 to 1970)
  • Le Protectionniste (1882-1883)
  • Le Courrier de St-Jean (1887 and 1896 to 1909)

You will find these 2891 new images in the Drouin Institute’s Miscallenaeous Collections, under the “23 – Journaux Anciens” folder. These six publications join the many newspapers already available in the section:

  • Commercial Gazette (Montréal)
  • Daily Witness (Montréal)
  • La Chronique de la Vallée du St-Maurice
  • La Minerve
  • La Semaine (Québec)
  • La Tribune Canadienne (Montréal)
  • La Vie Illustrée (Montréal)
  • L’Action Canadienne
  • L’Avant-Garde
  • L’Avenir de Quebec
  • Le Canada-Français
  • Le Carillon (Québec)
  • Le Castor (Québec)
  • Le Charivari (Québec)
  • Le National (Montréal)
  • Le Progrès du Golfe
  • Le Semeur Canadien (Montréal)
  • Le Trésor des Familles (Québec)
  • L’Obligation (Montréal)
  • L’Opinion Publique (Montréal)
  • L’Union de Woonsocket
  • L’Union des Cantons de l’Est (Arthabaskaville)
  • Midi-Presse (Montreal)
  • Paris-Canada (Montréal)
  • The Advertiser
  • The Canadian Jewish Review
  • The Dominion Illustrated News (Montréal)
  • The Inquirer (Trois-Rivières)
  • The Quebec Gazette

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE update: 20,044 new records from Ontario and Acadia

The indexing of Ontario and Acadia’s parish registers continues on Genealogy Quebec!
Some 20,044 baptism, marriage and burial records were added to the LAFRANCE in early February.


Marriage record as presented on GenealogyQuebec.com’s LAFRANCE

Here is an overview of the additions made for each parish in this update:

Parish name Type of record Date range Number of records
Baie-Ste-Marie b 1780 1799 178
Baie-Ste-Marie m 1781 1799 20
Baie-Ste-Marie d 1799 1799 2
Beaubassin b 1717 1748 747
Beaubassin m 1712 1748 208
Beaubassin d 1719 1749 28
Belle-Rivière m 1858 1861 60
Belle-Rivière d 1860 1861 32
Ecouipahaq b 1767 1768 155
Ecouipahaq m 1767 1768 28
Ecouipahaq d 1767 1768 13
Ile-Royale b 1714 1757 277
Ile-Royale m 1717 1756 69
Ile-Royale d 1726 1756 167
Louisbourg b 1722 1759 2236
Louisbourg m 1722 1759 572
Louisbourg d 1722 1758 1222
Port-Royal b 1702 1755 2509
Port-Royal m 1702 1755 540
Port-Royal d 1702 1754 421
St-Basile b 1792 1862 6167
St-Basile m 1792 1861 876
St-Basile d 1792 1862 1640
St-Charles-les-Mines b 1707 1748 1407
St-Charles-les-Mines m 1709 1748 304
St-Charles-les-Mines d 1709 1748 166

These records can now be browsed in the LAFRANCE, which also contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918, ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from 1621 to 1861 as well as ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849.
You will find more information about the LAFRANCE on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

 

 

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Connolly File update: 144 127 new baptism, marriage and burial records now available on Genealogy Quebec!

A significant update was applied to the Connolly File, one of 15 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

63 356 baptisms, 51 900 marriages and 32 418 burials were added through this update.

What is the Connolly File?

The Connolly File is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec and parts of the United States and Canada covering a period spanning from 1621 to 2019. It is developed and maintained by the Société de généalogie des Cantons-de-l’Est.
The tool contains over 6 700 000 baptism, marriage and burial files.

You may browse the Connolly File with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

You will find more information about this collection as well as research tips and best practices in this article on the Drouin Institute blog.

Update details

Here is a list of the parishes in Quebec affected by this update, including the types and number of records added as well as the period they cover.

St-Augustin de Woburn
Bap. 1898-1940: 1147 files
Mar. 1899-1940: 189 files
Bur. 1898-1940: 319 files

St-Sauveur de Québec 
Bap. 1867-1941: 44258 files
Mar. 1867-1941: 8336 files
Bur. 1867-1913: 24671 files

St-Philémon de Stoke
Bap. 1875-1940: 2740 files
Mar. 1875-1940: 488 files
Bur. 1875-1940: 1166 files

St-Romain co Frontenac
Bap. 1865-1940: 3025 files
Mar. 1865-1940: 496 files
Bur. 1865-1940: 1150 files

Ste-Julie (Verchères) 
Bap. 1851-1998: 9224 files
Mar. 1851-1986: 1471 files
Bur. 1851-1994: 3423 files

Quebec register of civil status marriages and filiations
Mar. 2019: 4240 Civil Status files
Fil. 2019: 74 Civil Status files

St-Herménégilde, co Stanstead
Bap. 1856-2003: 4203 files
Mar. 1861-2003: 915 files
Bur. 1865-2003: 1569 files

In addition, some 34 862 records from 18 American parishes were added to the Connolly File through this update.

Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec and start using the Connolly File right now!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Over 500 000 new images and files – A look back at 2019

2019 is drawing to a close, and it’s time to review what was a busy year for the Drouin genealogical Institute. Hundreds of thousands of new documents, many blog posts, not to mention a complete redesign of GenealogieQuebec.com and PRDH-IGD.com! Here is a detailed retrospective of the year.

Please note that you can consult the details of these numerous updates in this section of the Drouin Institute blog.

The LAFRANCE

2019 began in force, as we completed the addition of ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials the 1850-1861 period to the LAFRANCE.
This project, which began in 2015, represented the addition of some 652 502 baptism and burial records from 422 different parishes.

At that point, the LAFRANCE contained:

  • 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 total of 3 755 659 parish records from Quebec.

Subsequently, all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1918 were added, over 11 000 records.


Marriage record as presented in GenealogyQuebec’s LAFRANCE tool

But that’s not all!
Some 33 138 records from Catholic parishes in Ontario and Acadia as well as Protestant parishes in Quebec were added to the LAFRANCE in 2019, and this is only just the beginning!

More information on the LAFRANCE

Browse the LAFRANCE (subscription required)

PRDH-IGD.com

The 1741 Montreal census was added to the records and family files available on PRDH-IGD in 2019.

More information on PRDH-IGD

Subscribe to PRDH-IGD

The Obituary section

Some 30 000 memorial cards as well as 15 000 newspaper obituaries were added to the Obituary section in 2019.

In addition, hundreds of thousands of new obituaries are currently being scanned and are set to appear on Genealogy Quebec in 2020. These will join the 3.7 million obituaries, tombstones and memorial cards already available in the Obituary section.

More information on the Obituary section

Browse the Obituary section (subscription required)

The NBMDS tool

Close to 180 000 baptism, marriage and burial files were added to the NBMDS tool in 2019. These records come from the Mauricie region as well as New England and Ontario. The tool now contains more than 1.3 million files.

More information on the NBMDS tool

Use the NBMDS tool (subscription required)

Drouin Collection Records

Here are the new and redigitized images that were added to the Drouin Collection Records in the past year:

  • 14 460 parish register images from the State of New York, under the Registres divers folder
  • 1000 images from the Consulat général de France à Montréal et Québec, under the Registres divers folder
  • New York State registers from the 1890 American census, under the Registres divers folder
  • St-André parish (1945-1993), under the Registres paroissiaux du nord-ouest du Nouveau-Brunswick folder
  • 30 424 redigitized images in the Drouin Collection Records

The Drouin Collection Records contain some 5,186,434 images of various registers from Quebec, Ontario, Acadia, New Brunswick and the Northeast of the United States.

More information on the Drouin Collection Records

Browse the Drouin Collection Records (subscription required)

BMD Cards

The BMD Cards tool contains close to 2.3 million baptism, marriage and burial files. In 2019, we added around 105,000 cards from Quebec and Ontario to the collection.

More information on the BMD Cards

Browse the BMD Cards (subscription required)

Connolly File

46,444 baptism, marriage and burial files were added to the Connolly File in 2019, bringing the total number of records in the collection to over 6.5 million.

More information on the Connolly File

Browse the Connolly File (subscription required)

Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Some 45 000 images were added to the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections in 2019:

  • 17 434 images from historical newspapers under the 23 – Journaux anciens folder
  • 3 909 images of historical judicial documents under the 27 – Trois-Rivières (Juridiction) folder
  • 2 673 images of notarized documents from the Cornwall region in Ontario, under the 26 – Contrats notariés de l’Ontario folder
  • 2 000 images from notary Joseph Dionne’s archives, under the 18 – Autres documents folder
  • 18 190 images of historical and genealogical significance under the 14 – Fonds d’archives folder
The Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections contain a mix of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical significance.

More information on the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Browse the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections (subscription required)

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

Blog de l’Institut Drouin

Une nouvelle collaboratrice s’est jointe à l’équipe Drouin cette année! Marielle Côté-Gendreau, étudiante et passionnée d’histoire et de généalogie, compose des articles de blog vulgarisant des concepts linguistiques, généalogiques ou historiques et participe aux activités de rédaction de l’équipe.
Vous pouvez consulter ses excellent articles sur le blog de l’Institut Drouin :

Une nouvelle version du guide d’utilisation de Généalogie Québec a aussi été publiée cette année :

Et voici les autres articles publiés sur le blog de l’Institut Drouin en 2019 :

Pour conclure, l’équipe Drouin aimerait profiter de cette infolettre rétrospective pour vous souhaiter santé, bonheur et trouvailles généalogiques pour l’année 2020!

L’équipe Drouin

LAFRANCE update: 28 442 new records from Ontario, Acadia and Quebec

28 442 baptism, marriage and burial records have been added to the LAFRANCE, one of 15 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

Now that the indexing of Quebec’s pre-1862 Catholic parish registers has been completed, the focus of our indexing efforts turns to the parish registers of Ontario and Acadia available in the Drouin Collection Records, as well as Quebec’s Protestant baptisms from 1760 to 1861.


Marriage record as presented on GenealogyQuebec.com‘s LAFRANCE.

Here is the list of parishes affected by this update and the number of records added for each.

Parish name Type of record Date range Number of records
Alexandria m 1836 1861 388
Baie-Ste-Marie b 1780 1801 270
Baie-Ste-Marie d 1799 1815 13
Beaubassin b 1717 1748 747
Beaubassin d 1719 1749 28
Ecouipahaq b 1767 1768 155
Ecouipahaq d 1767 1768 13
Embrun m 1858 1861 16
Lafontaine b 1856 1861 33
Lafontaine d 1857 1857 10
Lafontaine m 1857 1857 5
LaPasse m 1851 1861 55
Louisbourg b 1722 1759 2236
Louisbourg d 1722 1758 1222
Louisbourg m 1722 1759 572
Matane b 1832 1841 134
Matane d 1832 1929 59
Montréal (Anglican, Christ Church Cathedral) b 1766 1807 1474
Montréal (Anglican, Christ Church Cathedral) d 1801 1807 5
Orléans b 1860 1861 108
Orléans m 1860 1861 23
Orléans d 1860 1861 4
Ottawa (Notre-Dame) m 1829 1855 1729
Ottawa (St-Joseph) b 1858 1861 258
Ottawa (St-Joseph) d 1858 1861 77
Ottawa (St-Joseph) m 1858 1861 37
Paincourt b 1855 1861 411
Paincourt d 1855 1861 128
Paincourt m 1852 1861 70
Port-Royal b 1702 1755 2509
Port-Royal d 1702 1754 421
Québec (Metropolitan Church) b 1768 1794 1005
Québec (Metropolitan Church) d 1768 1794 484
Québec (Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian) b 1770 1800 425
Québec (Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian) d 1770 1794 20
South March b 1861 1861 9
St-Charles-les-Mines b 1707 1748 1407
St-Charles-les-Mines d 1709 1748 166
Tecumseh b 1859 1861 110
Tecumseh d 1861 1861 18
Tecumseh m 1859 1861 17
Williamstown b 1854 1861 590
Williamstown d 1854 1861 161
Williamstown m 1854 1861 87

b=baptism m=marriage d=burial

All these records may now be browsed in the LAFRANCE, which also contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918, ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from 1621 to 1861 as well as ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849.
You will find more information about the LAFRANCE on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

 

 

To conclude, the Drouin team would like to wish a great holiday season to our fellow genealogy enthusiasts and designated family historians.
The holiday season is a great opportunity to share the results of your research with your loved ones and to ensure that your family history is preserved from generation to generation.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

15,409 newspaper obituaries added and 30,424 Drouin Collection images re-digitized on Genealogy Quebec!

15,409 newspaper obituaries were added to Genealogy Quebec‘s obituary section this week. In addition to these new death notices, some 30,424 images from the Drouin Collection Records have been re-digitized to improve their readability.

Newspaper obituaries

15,409 obituaries, mainly from the Montreal and Quebec City regions, are now available in Genealogy Quebec’s Obituary section under the Newspaper obituaries category. Most of these death notices were published within the last 2 years.

The Newspaper obituaries section contains around 678,000 obituaries from various newspapers in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. The notices date from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

You may browse the Obituary section with a Genealogy Quebec subscription at this address, and you will find more information about this section on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

Drouin Collection re-digitization

In addition to our frequent content updates, the Drouin Institute is actively working on improving the quality of the collections already available on Genealogy Quebec.

With this in mind, we are currently re-digitizing many Drouin Collection parishes that were poorly digitized in the past. Some 30,424 images have been re-digitized in this update.


Old image


Re-digitzed image from the Drouin Collection

Here is a list of the parishes that have been re-digitized:

Montréal-Sud (St-Georges) Montréal (St-Georges) Montréal (Ste-Clotilde)
Montréal (St-Dominic) Montréal (St-Étienne) St-Michel (St-Bernardin-de-Sienne)
Longueuil (co-cathédrale St-Antoine-de-Pade) LeMoyne (St-Josaphat) Montréal (St-Jean-Baptiste-de-la-Salle)
Montréal (Très-St-Rédempteur) La Prairie (Notre-Dame-de-LaPrairie-de-la-Madeleine) Montréal (St-Henri)
Caughnawaga (St-François-Xavier-du-Sault-St-Louis) Montréal (St-Charles) Montréal (Saint Anthony of Padua)
Montréal (Notre-Dame-des-Victoires) Montréal (St-Thomas-Aquinas) Outremont (Ste-Madeleine)
Montréal (La Nativité-de-la-Bienheureuse-Vierge-Marie) Montréal (St-Irénée) Montréal (St-Joseph-de-Bordeaux)
Rivière-Beaudette St-Grégoire (Nicolet) St-Ignace-du-Lac
St-Joseph-de-Mékinac Hull (cathédrale Très-St-Rédempteur) Aylmer (St-Paul)
Buckingham Deschênes Fassett
Gatineau Hull (Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes) Hull (Servantes de Jésus-Marie)
Hull (Ste-Bernadette-Soubirous) Lac-Ste-Marie Papineauville
Pointe-Gatineau Amos (Ste-Thérèse) Campbell’s Bay
Fugèreville Guérin Guigues (St-Bruno)
Lac-Cayamant Nédelec Otter Lake (St-Charles-Borromée)
Taschereau Lac-St-Paul Montcerf
Notre-Dame-de-Laus Ste-Famille-d’Aumond Grande-Rivière
Grande-Vallée Chandler (St-Coeur-de-Marie)  

The Drouin Collection Records contain all of the parish registers (baptisms, marriages, burials) available on Genealogy Quebec, which represents over 5 million images.


Sherbrooke parish register image from the Drouin Collection Record available on GenealogyQuebec.com.

This collection is home to all of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to the 1940s, as well as numerous parish registers from Ontario, New Brunswick, the United States and Acadia.

You may browse the Drouin Collection Records with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

New archival fonds available on Genealogy Quebec! 8,190 historical photos

A new archival fonds is now available in the Drouin Miscellaneous Collections, one of the 15 tools offered to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

Roland-Maynard Fonds – Archives and historical photos

The Roland-Maynard Fonds is an archive containing some 8,190 photos and documents of historical and genealogical significance.

It can be browsed in the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections tool at this address (subscription required), under the “14 – Fonds d’archives/” folder.

The Drouin Miscellaneous Collections tool is also home to a variety of historical documents and archives such as old newspapers, judicial and municipal archives, digitized photos, and more! A true goldmine for those with a passion for history.

Drouin Institute blog

In case you missed it, here is Marielle Côté-Gendreau’s most recent article, which deals with the the impact of the calendar on the first names of your ancestors: From Pascal to Noël: The impact of the calendar on your ancestors’ names

Genealogy and history fans should find plenty to read on the Drouin Institute’s blog. Here are some of our best articles:

The Drouin Institute’s blog is also home to many tutorials and guides pertaining to GenealogyQuebec.com and PRDH-IGD.com, which are must-reads if you are to make the most of the websites.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

102 000 new baptism, marriage and burial files from Quebec and Ontario on Genealogy Quebec!

New baptism, marriage and burial cards are now available under the “Fonds Fabien” folder in the BMD Cards collection, available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

This update adds some 102 000 cards from Ontario and the Outaouais region of Quebec to the collection.
They relate to baptism, marriage and burial records and generally include the name of the subject(s) and their parents as well as the date and the place of registration of the event.

The cards are sorted in a file tree structure under the surname of the subject (the baptized, the deceased, or the groom in the case of marriages).

In many cases, it is possible to find the original parish record on which a card is based using the Drouin Collection Records, also available on Genealogy Quebec.

To illustrate the process, let us find the original record related to this card, which pertains to Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage :


In the Fonds Fabien cards, a lone “J.” is used in place of the name Joseph, as is the case here for Albertine’s father.

The Drouin Collection Records contain all of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to the 1940s as well as many parish registers from Ontario, with an emphasis on those near the border between Quebec and Ontario.

Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage card indicates that the marriage was celebrated in St-François d’Assise Parish in Ottawa, which happens to be one of the Ontario parishes available in the Drouin Collection Records.

To browse this register, we must first make our way to the Drouin Collection Records (subscription required).

Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We begin by opening the Ontario folder, as the marriage we are interested in was recorded in that province. Following that, we must locate the St-François d’Assise parish.

Some parishes are listed under the name of the city they are located in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself. In the case of Ottawa’s parishes, they are listed under the city’s name.


St-François d’Assise is found under the Ottawa folder.

Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with the register for that specific year. 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 during that year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will hold the records from the end of the year.

Since Patrick Nagh and Albertine Ménard’s marriage was celebrated on the 3rd of April, it’s likely that the marriage record will be found among the first few images.

And so, we were able to find the original document pertaining to a Fonds Fabien card using the tools available on GenealogyQuebec.com.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team