The Connolly File

The Connolly File is one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.
It 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.

Using the Connolly File

The Connolly File is equipped with a search engine specific to each type of record it contains, namely baptisms, marriages and burials. The search fields differ depending on the type of record searched, but the basic name, surname, date and location fields are always present.

Connolly File baptism search engine

To begin your search, fill one or multiple search fields and press on “Search”, which will prompt a list of results.

 

Result list produced by a search for “Pierre Loiselle”

The records are presented as files which contain all of the relevant information extracted from the original record.

Automatic search buttons

Every record in the Connolly File is equipped with one or several automatic search buttons. These buttons allow you to automatically trigger searches for various records related to the one you are viewing. In the baptism section, the automatic search button allows you to search for the parents’ marriage record.


In the marriage section, there are 6 different buttons per file. These buttons will trigger automatic searches for the parents, the baptism records or the burial records of the subjects.


Finally, the burial section will let you automatically search for the subject’s own marriage, or that of their parents.


Careful! If an automatic search does not yield any results, do not assume that the desired record does not exist in the Connolly File. For example, it is very possible that an individual’s name may be slightly different from one record to the next, or that the Priest committed a mistake when recording the original event. It is strongly recommended to do a manual search if the automatic search produces no results, and to try multiple combinations of first and last names if the initial searches are unsuccessful.

Tips and best practices

The Connolly File allows searching for many variables, which makes it tempting to fill as many fields as possible when using the tool. However, we recommend that you keep your initial search as vague as possible, and clarify it as needed by adding one piece of information at a time. When the name or surname searched is rare or unusual, it is rarely necessary to add more information to the search.

The more precise a search is, the more likely it is to omit the record you are looking for, as every single field must match.
For example, an initial search could start with the surname and first name of the subject. If the number of results is too high, a variable such as the year of the event or the surname of another individual mentioned in the record can be added. Often, the simple fact of adding a third variable is enough to narrow the search down sufficiently.

As with many of Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you may use the “%” character as a joker to search for a partial name. For example, a search for “Lar%” will include any name beginning in “Lar”, such as Larrivière, Larramée, Larue, etc. This allows you to keep your search more generic and is particularly useful for surnames that tend to have many different spellings.

Finding the original record using the information provided by the Connolly File

You may have noticed that the Connolly File does not provide a link to the original document from which its files have been created. However, as a Genealogy Quebec subscriber, you have access to the entirety of Quebec’s Parish Registry up until 1940 through the Drouin Collection Records.
You can find most of the original documents associated with the Connolly File records via the date and parish name given in each record.

As an example, here is the baptism file of Jean-Louis Girard.


It tells us that Jean-Louis was born in Bagotville on October 10, 1923, and was baptized in the St-Alphonse-de-Liguori parish. To find the original record, we must browse this parish’s register for the year 1923, which we will find in the Drouin Collection Records.


Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We will begin by opening the Quebec folder, as the baptism we are interested in was recorded in the province.
Once inside the Quebec folder, we have to find the right parish folder. 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 St-Alphonse-de-Liguori parish, it is listed under Bagotville.


Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with that 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 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.
Since Jean-Louis’s baptism was celebrated in October, it’s likely that his baptism will be found among the last few images. You may have to sift through a few pages before finding the right one, but by starting towards the end, you will save yourself some time.


And with that, we were able to find the original document using the information given to us in the Connolly File record.

Useful links

The Connolly File (subscription required)
The Drouin Collection Records (subscription required)
Subscribing to Genealogy Quebec
What is Genealogy Quebec?
List of the parishes available in the Connolly File (baptism, marriage, burial)

The NBMDS tool

The NBMDS tool is one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

It is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptism, marriage and burial records, most of which are 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 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.

Using the NBMDS tool

The NBMDS tool is equipped with a search engine specific to each type of record it contains, namely baptisms, marriages and burials. The search fields differ depending on the type of record searched, but the basic name, surname, date and location fields are always present.

Baptism search engine

To begin your search, fill one or multiple search fields and press on “Search”, which will prompt a list of results.

Results for a search for “Joseph Tremblay”

The records are presented as files which contain all of the relevant information extracted from the original record.

Automatic search buttons

Every record in the NBMDS tool is equipped with one or several automatic search buttons. These buttons allow you to automatically trigger searches for various records related to the one you are viewing. In the baptism section, the automatic search button allows you to search for the parents’ marriage record.

NBMDS baptism file

In the marriage section, there are 6 different buttons per file. These buttons will trigger automatic searches for the parents, the baptism records or the burial records of the subjects.

NBMDS marriage file

Finally, the burial section will let you automatically search for the subject’s own marriage, or that of their parents.

NBMDS burial file

Careful! If an automatic search does not yield any results, do not assume that the desired record does not exist in the NBMDS tool. For example, it is very possible that an individual’s name may be slightly different from one record to the next, or that the Priest committed a mistake when recording the original event. It is strongly recommended to do a manual search if the automatic search produces no results, and to try multiple combinations of first and last names if the initial searches are unsuccessful.

Tips and best practices

The NBMDS tool allows searching for many variables, which makes it tempting to fill as many fields as possible when using the tool. However, we recommend that you keep your initial search as vague as possible, and clarify it as needed by adding one piece of information at a time. When the name or surname searched is rare or unusual, it is rarely necessary to add more information to the search.

The more precise a search is, the more likely it is to omit the record you are looking for, as every single field must match.
For example, an initial search could start with the surname and first name of the subject. If the number of results is too high, a variable such as the year of the event or the surname of another individual mentioned in the record can be added. Often, the simple fact of adding a third variable is enough to narrow the search down sufficiently.

As with many of Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you may use the “%” character as a joker to search for a partial name. For example, a search for “Lar%” will include any name beginning in “Lar”, such as Larrivière, Larramée, Larue, etc. This allows you to keep your search more generic and is particularly useful for surnames that tend to have many different spellings.

Finding the original record using the information provided by the NBMDS tool

You may have noticed that the NBMDS does not provide a link to the original document from which its files have been created. However, as a Genealogy Quebec subscriber, you have access to the entirety of Quebec’s Civil Registration up to the 1940s through the Drouin Collection Records.
You can find most of the original documents associated with the NBMDS records through the date and parish name or city name given in each record.

We will use Adelaide Boucher’s baptism file as an example.

Adelaide Boucher’s baptism file in the NBMDS tool

The file tells us that Adelaide was baptized on the 14th of October in the St-Eustache parish. To find the original record, we will have to browse the St-Eustache parish register in the Drouin Collection Record.

Quebec folder in the Drouin Collection Records

Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We will begin by opening the Quebec folder, as the baptism we are interested in was recorded in the province.

Inside the Quebec folder, we have to find the right parish folder. 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 St-Eustache’s parishes, they are listed under the city’s name.

St-Eustache parish register for 1818

Browsing the St-Eustache folder in the Drouin Collection Records, we notice that it contains several sub-folders associated with different parishes. Since we have no way of knowing which parish would contain the baptism record, we will have to browse one folder at a time.

Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with that 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 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.

Since Adélaide’s baptism was celebrated in October, it’s likely that her baptism will be found among the last few images. You may have to sift through a few pages before finding the right one, but by starting towards the end, you will save yourself some time.

Original document associated with Adélaide Boucher’s baptism

And with that, we were able to find the original document using the information given to us in an NBMDS file.

Useful links

Use the NBMDS tool (subscription required)
The Drouin Collection Records (subscription required)
Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec
What is Genealogy Quebec?

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 is one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

It is a detailed index of marriage and death forms recorded in Quebec between 1926 and 1997,  all religious denominations included. In total, this collection contains 5 286 169 forms. The original document can be viewed for the marriages.

Marriage form taken from the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool

Using the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool

The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool is equipped with 2 search engines; one for the marriages, and one for the deaths.

To start your search, you must fill one or more search fields and click on the “Search” button, which will produce a list of results related to your query.

List of results produced by a search for Burton as the husband’s surname, and Taylor as the bride’s surname

To view the original form associated with a file, simply click anywhere inside the file. Note that the original document is available for the marriages but not the deaths.

Richard Burton and Liz Taylor’s marriage

Tips and best practices

The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997’s search engine allows searching for many variables, which makes it tempting to fill as many fields as possible when using the tool. However, we recommend that you keep your initial search as vague as possible, and clarify it as needed by adding one piece of information at a time. When the name or surname searched is rare or unusual, it is rarely necessary to add more information to the search.

The more precise a search is, the more likely it is to omit the record you are looking for, as every single field must match.
For example, an initial search could start with the surname and first name of the subject. If the number of results is too high, a variable such as the year of the event or the surname of another individual mentioned in the record can be added. Often, simply adding a third variable is enough to narrow the search down sufficiently.

Additionally, it is important to note that the forms have changed several times over the decades. Certain fields only existed in one version of the form. As such, it is recommended to stick to the primary search fields (names and dates) unless certain that the form you are looking for contains the field and the information in question.

As with many of Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you may use the “%” character as a joker to search for a partial name. For example, a search for “Lar%” will include any name beginning in “Lar”, such as Larrivière, Larramée, Larue, etc. This allows you to keep your search more generic and is particularly useful for surnames that tend to have many different spellings.

Finding the original church record using the information provided by the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool

Since the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 forms are based on vital events, there will often exist a parish record associated with the event. It can be interesting to seek out the church record associated with an event, particularly in the case of deaths, as the original form isn’t available in the tool.

As a Genealogy Quebec subscriber, you have access to the entirety of Quebec’s Parish Registry up until 1940 through the Drouin Collection Records. As such, you should be able to find the original church records associated to the forms that predate 1941.

 

Marriages

In the case of the marriages, the parish in which the marriage was recorded is mentioned in the form, which allows us to trace the parish record rather easily.

As an example, we will use the marriage form of Florent Beaudoin and Madeleine Lafond, which we have found using the Marriages 1926-1997 database.

The first step is to make sure the marriage falls within the date range covered by the Drouin Collection Records. Since this marriage was celebrated on the 23rd of February 1935, and so before 1941, we should be able to find the church record associated to it. The form indicates that the parish is “Montréal – N-D-du-Rosaire”.

We will find the original church record by browsing the parish register of Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire for the year 1935 in the Drouin Collection Records.

Once in the Drouin Collection Records, you will notice that the various registers are organized in a file tree structure. We will begin by opening the Quebec folder, as the parish we are looking for is in Quebec. Inside the Quebec folder, we must find the right parish folder.

Some parishes will be listed under the name of the city or region they are located in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself.

In the case of Montreal-based parishes, they are first sorted under the “Mtl” folder, and then under their religious affiliation. Notre-Dame-du-St-Rosaire is listed as “Montréal (Notre-Dame-du-St-Rosaire)” under the “Catholique” folder.

Once inside the correct folder, we must navigate to the right year, which will give us access to all the images associated with that 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 in the 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.

However, in the case of Notre-Dame-du-St-Rosaire, the baptisms and marriages were recorded in two different books. As such, the 1935 marriages begin in the middle of the image series. A bit of navigation will be necessary to find the record we are looking for.

And with that, we were able to find the church record associated to the marriage form given by the Marriages 1926-1997 tool.

 

Deaths

Finding the original church record associated with a death form is a little more complicated, as the form does not provide us with the parish information. Nonetheless, the form does give us the place of residence of the deceased. With that information, we can often find the correct parish. This may prove harder for larger cities, as they often have multiple parishes. Some detective work may be needed!

As an exemple, we will try to find the burial record associated to Louise Roy’s death form, which we obtained from a search in Deaths 1926-1997.

The form tells us that Louise Roy died on the 11th of November 1928, and that she lived in St-Hyacinthe. Although St-Hyacinthe is not identified as being the city where the death was recorded, it is likely that it is where we will find the burial since the deceased lived there.

Browsing the St-Hyacinthe folder in the Drouin Collection Records, we notice that it contains several sub-folders associated to different parishes. Since we have no way of knowing which parish would contain the burial record, we will have to browse one folder at a time. The first folder contains the Cathédrale de St-Hyacinthe parish register.

Since the death occurred in November, we begin our consultation among the last few images in the folder. It is very possible that the burial was not recorded the same day as the death, as it was common for a burial to be recorded one or two days after the death of the person. While browsing the register, we must keep in mind that the date of the burial could be the 12th or even the 13th of November, 1928.

And indeed, the burial was recorded on the 13th of November. With a little detective work, we were able to find the original church record associated to a Deaths 1926-1997 form, which provides us with some additional information regarding the event.

Useful links

The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool (subscription required)

The Drouin Collection Records (subscription required)

Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec

What is Genealogy Quebec?

The Obituary section

The Obituary section is divided in 4 subsections that contain different types of documents.

Internet Obituaries

This section, covering all of Canada from 1999 to today, does not require a subscription to the website to be viewed. In addition to being updated weekly, it currently contains over 2 million obituaries.

This section is equipped with a search engine as well as navigation categories. The search engine allows for a first name, last name and date search as well as a search for words contained in the notice.

The obituaries are sorted by province, city and publication to provide a more fluid navigation experience.

Newspaper obituaries

This section contains 663 000 obituaries published in Quebec newspapers from 1860 to today.  

The section is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by name, first name and date of death. You may use the “%” character to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all the obituaries in which the subject wears a name starting with “Rog”. This allows for more generic searches and is particularly useful for names which tend to be spelled in a lot of different ways.

Death cards

This section, containing 62 500 death cards published between 1860 and today, is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by name, first name and date of death.

Death card sourced from the tool of the same name

You may use the “%” character to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all the death cards in which the subject wears a name starting with “Rog”. This allows for more generic searches and is particularly useful for names which tend to be spelled in a lot of different ways.

Tombstones

This section contains 611 000 pictures of tombstones, indexed by name and text on the stone. 

Tombstone sourced from the tool of the same name

It is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by family name or by the text engraved on the stone. You may search through a specific cemetery or in all of them at the same time.

Like with the death cards, the “%” character may be used to search for part of a name.

The Obituaries section can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

It is the most comprehensive research tool available on Genealogy Quebec. This database contains all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages up to 1917, as well as all of Quebec’s Catholic baptism and burial records up to 1861.

In addition to these Catholic records, all of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849, as well as 68 401 Catholic baptisms and burials from between 1862 and 2019 are included in the database. A link to the original parish document is included with every record.

You will find these parish records under two formats on 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

Using the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is divided into 3 research sections: Individual, Couple and Parish. These sections allow you to search for an individual, a couple or for records recorded in a specific parish, respectively.

Individual

The Individual search engine allows you to search for all the mentions of an individual in the records available in the LAFRANCE.

  • Name and nickname – Last name(s) of the person sought
  • First name – First name of the person sought
  • Resemblance – Allows for more variability in names and as such a broader search, more in depth explanation later in this article
  • Period – Date range in which the search is performed. Leave blank to include all the years covered by the database.
  • Role – Role of the subject in the record (Subject of the record, spouse of the subject of the record, father of the subject of the record, mother of the subject of the record)
  • Type – Baptism, marriage or burial
  • Sex – Male, Female or indeterminate
  • Parish – Limit search to a specific parish

 

Couple

The Couple search engine allows you to search for all the mentions of a couple in the records of the LAFRANCE. A couple may be the subject of a marriage, or the parents of the subject(s) in a baptism, marriage or burial. A couple may also be the subject of a burial and their spouse.

  • Name and nickname of the husband – Last name(s) of the husband
  • First name of the husband – First name of the husband
  • Name and nickname of the wife – Last name(s) of the wife
  • First name of the wife – First name of the wife
  • Resemblance – Allows for more variability in names and as such a broader search, more in depth explanation later in this article
  • Period – Date range in which the search is performed. Leave blank to include all the years covered by the database.
  • Roles – Roles of the couple in the record: Subject-Subject (marriage), Father-Mother (marriage, baptism, burial) and Subject-Spouse (burial)
  • Parish – Limit search to a specific parish

 

Parish

The Parish search engine allows you to search for all the records of a specific parish. You can limit this search to a specific date range and type of record (baptism, marriage or burial).

  • Parish – Select the parish to search in
  • Period – Date range in which the search is performed. Leave blank to include all the years covered by the database.
  • Type – Baptism, marriage or burial

Search results

To begin a search, simply fill in the field(s) of your choice and press Search. You will then reach a list of results based on your search criteria.

LAFRANCE search results produced by a search for a Roy – Lavoie couple
  • Num.: Every record in the database is given a number that is used to identify it.
  • Date: Date on which the record was drafted
  • Type: The type of event described by the record: b (baptism), s (burial) or m (marriage)
  • Parish: Parish in which the event was recorded
  • Roles: The role carried by the searched individual(s) in the record: P-M (Father and Mother), S-C (Subject and Spouse), S-S (Subject and Subject, used to identify a marrying couple)
  • Age: Age of the subject(s), maj for major, min for minor
  • Names: Standardized version of the searched name(s), more about name standardization later in this guide

Clicking on the name of the parish will take you to the location of this parish on our interactive map of Quebec based Catholic parishes.

Click on this image to view the parish map

To view the record certificate, click on the date associated to that record in the list of results.

The record certificate contains all the relevant information extracted from the original document. You will find the names of the subject(s) and the parents, the role and the relationship between each individual mentioned in the record, the date on which the record was drafted as well as the date of the event, the marital status of the subject(s), the age of the subject(s), and more.

To view the original document itself, click on the image link found under the date of the event.

“Dit” names

If you have already done genealogical research in Quebec, it is likely that you’ve encountered “dit” names before. A “dit” name was used to differentiate individuals with similar family names in the same region. In the context of genealogical research, “dit” names can be viewed as a second surname given to an individual.

For example, a common “dit” name combination is Roy dit Desjardins. If you descend from the Roy dit Desjardins line, your ancestors will have gone under Desjardins, Roy, as well as Roy dit Desjardins over the generations. This can be a bit confusing if you’re not aware of it, as you may wonder why your ancestors would suddenly switch between two surnames.

This is why the LAFRANCE includes a Nickname tool, which gives you a list of “dit” surnames commonly associated with the last name you are researching.

When you enter a surname in the search field, a list of “dit” names commonly associated to that surname will appear in the box to the right, ordered by frequency.

This tool is very useful because it can allow you to trace a line that has gone under different family names over the generations. For example, if you are unable to find the marriage of the parents of your ancestor Pierre Desjardins, you will be aware of the possibility that the father of Pierre Desjardins bore the name Roy on his marriage, allowing you to find the record in question.

Name standardization

The LAFRANCE search engine is equipped with a name dictionary, which associates a name with all of its variations. For example, a query for an individual with the surname Gauthier will prompt the search engine to look through the database for any mention of the name Gauthier as well as any of its variations, such as Gautier, Gaulthier, Gotier, etc. Thus, it isn’t necessary to manually search for multiple variations of a name.

All the variations of the Lavoie surname on the LAFRANCE

You may browse the LAFRANCE name dictionary at this address.

Please note that when searching on the LAFRANCE, the result list will always show the standard spelling of the name(s) you searched. However, the record certificate will give you the specific spelling used in the original record.

The resemblance/likeness function

The resemblance function, otherwise known as the likeness function, makes it possible to search for a name as well as any other name that resembles it. The resemblance function differs from name standardization because it not only includes all of the variations of a name, but also all of the names that are similar to it in terms of pronunciation or spelling. For example, a search for Gauthier, which will include all of the variations given earlier, will also include the names Gonthier, Vauthier, Gouthier, Authier as well as their numerous variations.

You can activate the resemblance function by checking the resemblance box on the LAFRANCE search page.

We recommend that you keep the resemblance function turned on at all times.

Search tips

The LAFRANCE’s search engine allows searching for many variables, which makes it tempting to fill as many fields as possible when using the tool. However, we recommend that you keep your initial search as vague as possible, and clarify it as needed by adding one piece of information at a time. When the name or surname searched is rare or unusual, it is rarely necessary to add more information to the search.

The more precise a search is, the more likely it is to omit the record you are looking for, as every single field must match.

For example, an initial search could start with the surname and first name of the subject. If the number of results is too high, a variable such as the year of the event or the surname of another individual mentioned in the record can be added. Often, simply adding a third variable is enough to narrow the search down sufficiently.

We also recommend, if necessary, to try several combinations of names when looking for a record. For example, imagine that we are looking for the marriage of Louis Lamontagne and Cécile Dubé. It is possible, for various reasons, for one of the spouse to have gone under a partially different name on their marriage record. If searching for “Lamontagne” as the name of the husband and “Dubé” as the name of the wife does not allow us to find this marriage, it may be interesting to try other combinations:

  • First name of the husband: Louis / Last name of the husband: empty / First name of the wife: empty / Last name of the wife: Dubé
  • First name of the husband: empty / Last name of the husband: Lamontagne, First name of the wife: Cécile / Last name of the wife: empty

And so on. As a result, if an error exists in one of the first or last names of the subjects, we will still be able to find the record.

Finally, note that you may use the “%” character in order to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all of the records where an individual bearing a name that starts with “Rog” is mentioned. This allows you to widen your search even further, if necessary.

Accessing a PRDH-IGD individual file from a LAFRANCE certificate

If you are subscribed to both PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com, you can view the PRDH-IGD individual file of an individual mentioned in a LAFRANCE certificate with a single click.

To do so, make sure you are logged into both websites, and then click on the “prdh individual” mention found on the LAFRANCE certificate you are viewing.

Click on the mention circled in red to go from a GenealogyQuebec.com certificate (left) to an individual file on PRDH-IGD.com (right)

The individual file centralizes all of the mentions of an individual in the database, such as the person’s baptism, burial and marriage. The individual file also mentions the parents as well as the spouse(s). You can read this article for more information on individual files and the PRDH-IGD.

You can also learn more about the similarities and differences between PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com on this page.

Useful links

The LAFRANCE (subscription required)
First name standardization
Last name standardization
“Dit” names associations
Quebec Catholic Parish map
Annual frequency of records in a parish
Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec
What is Genealogy Quebec?
Subscribe to PRDH-IGD.com
What is PRDH-IGD.com?
Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD: the similarities, differences, and why you should subscribe to both

The Drouin Collection Records (1621 to 1967)

The Drouin Collection Records is a collection of parish registers (baptisms, burials and marriages). This massive collection contains, among other things, the entirety of Quebec’s civil registry from 1621 to the 1940s.

Boucherville register sourced from the Drouin Collection

The collection also contains some notarized documents and censuses.

In all cases, these are original documents that have been digitized in the course of the past century.

The collection of parish registers from Quebec begins in 1621 (opening of the Catholic Register in Quebec) up to 1967. Most of the registers were photographed in the 1940s and thus do not extend to 1967. For the other collections in this database, the period covered may go beyond 1967.

The Drouin Collection Records cover all of Quebec (including non-Catholics) as well as French Acadia and part of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States.

File tree navigation in the Drouin Collection Records

The registers are organized in a file tree. The documents are separated by collection and then by location and by year, or by letter and by name depending on the type of register.

Finally, the images are sorted in the folders by chronological order (from January to December). The trick is to identify the right collection to search in and to find the document using the location and date in which it was drafted.

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