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Genealogy Quebec

Genealogy Quebec is a subscription based research website regrouping all of the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence.

The website’s 15 tools and collections total for over 49 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as part 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 Genealogy Quebec is by far the largest collection of Quebec genealogical and historical documents on the Web.

More information about Genealogy Quebec

PRDH-IGD

The 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 commonly referred to as  “Family Reconstructions”.

The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2,500,000 records and can be described as a comprehensive family tree of the French-Canadian population from the beginnings of the colony to 1849.

More information about PRDH-IGD

Fichier Origine

The Fichier Origine is a repertory of baptisms of immigrants to Quebec found in their country of origin (France, essentially) within a collaborative project between French and Quebec genealogy federations coordonated in Quebec

Trace my roots

The Trace my roots Website gives you the opportunity to purchase geolocalized tours in English or in French which you can follow at your own pace, by bike or car, using a phone or tablet. Depending on the route, you will discover, for example, the home of an ancestor, the great career of one of your ascendants or the bridge bearing their name. These excursions have something to captivate the interest of those who are interested in history, especially if they are passionate about genealogy.

Acadian.org

Acadian Genealogy - Historical Acadian-Cajun Resources

Come visit our website which holds over 520 Acadian and French Canadian resources. We also hold researchable databases that has over 2.5 million individual lineages for 2500 family trees.
Contact is cajun@acadian.org

Donating documents to the Drouin Institute

Whether you are a genealogist or a history enthusiast, you probably have accumulated a lot of information and documents over the years.

The Drouin Genealogical Institute, whose mission is the preservation and democratization of the historical and genealogical heritage of Quebec, is constantly looking for documents and data to add to the collections available on Genealogy Quebec.

If you would like to donate your documents and ensure their preservation and access for future generations, please contact us at contact@institutdrouin.com.

      

We are mainly interested in the following types of archives:

  • List of electors
  • Censuses
  • Birth, marriage, and death registers
  • Obituaries
  • Baptism, marriage, and burial directories
  • Headstone pictures
  • City directories
  • Property assessment rolls (List of land owners)
  • Memorial cards
  • Wedding photos (with names)
  • Postcards
  • Newspapers
  • School yearbooks
  • Boarding school registers (Adoption, nurseries, hospices, orphanages, schools, convents)
  • Other historical documents with a high density of names

Whether your documents are listed or not, do not hesitate to contact us!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Quick start guide

Welcome to Genealogy Quebec!

On the site, you will find over 50 million images and files that will allow you to retrace the history of your family in Quebec and the surrounding area. These documents are divided into several tools. In order to get the most out of the website, it is important to know which tool to refer to depending on the nature of your research.

Your first search on Genealogy Quebec

Whether you are looking for an individual in particular or want to trace an entire line, your first search on the site is likely to be on the LAFRANCE.

The LAFRANCE contains millions of births, marriages and deaths from Quebec, Ontario, Acadia and the United States from 1621 to the present day. It is with these records, and specifically marriages, that you will be able to trace your ancestry.

Tracing a lineage on Genealogy Quebec

To trace a lineage, you will have to begin by finding a marriage belonging to that line on the LAFRANCE. If you are looking for your own lineage, your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents’ marriage is a good place to start.

The parents of the spouses will generally be listed in a marriage record. By searching for the parents’ names in the LAFRANCE, you should be able to find their marriage and, as such, go back one generation in the line. Thus, you can trace an entire lineage through the chain of marriages of the individuals forming it.

The names of the groom’s parents are listed in the marriage on the left. Searching for them in the LAFRANCE allows us to find their marriage. By repeating the process, we can go back to the first immigrant of a lineage in Quebec territory.

You will find a guide detailing this process at this address.

Tip: Can’t find the marriage you are looking for? Try limiting your search queries to the last names of the spouses, or try different variations of the search such as the first name of the husband and the last name of the wife, or the last name of the husband and the first name of the wife. By doing so, you limit the risk of the record being excluded from the results of your search, which can occur when one of the search queries does not match the information contained in the document.

Advanced search and other types of documents

In addition to its collections of births, marriages and deaths, Genealogy Quebec offers a multitude of tools containing documents of all sorts.

For example, all obituaries, tombstones and memorial cards on the site can be found in the Obituary section.

Genealogy Quebec also allows you to search for births, marriages and deaths that may not be listed in LAFRANCE by using the Connolly File, NBMDS, and BMD Cards collections.

You can find a detailed list of the tools and their contents on the Tools page.

Tip: We recommend that you keep your searches vague, and refine them if necessary by adding one piece of information at a time. When the first or last name you are looking for is unusual, it is seldom necessary to add more information to a search.

The more detailed a search, the more likely it is to omit the result you are looking for, as all the search queries must match the document. For example, your first search could start with the last names of the spouses. If the number of results is too high, you may add an additional variable such as a first name or a year.

Additional documentation and tutorials

Genealogy Quebec user guide

Establishing your ancestry using Genealogy Quebec

Tool specific guides

Using the LAFRANCE
Using the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997
Using the Obituary section
Using the Drouin Institute’s Great Collections
Using the Petit NBMDS tool
Using the Connolly File
Using the Drouin Family Genealogies
Using the Census tool
Using the Notarized documents tool
Using the Post cards tool
Using the Acadia – Families tool
Using the Drouin Collection Records
Using the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections
Using the BMD cards
Using the City Directories

Research help

For questions regarding the use of the site, you can contact us at contact@institutdrouin.com.

For research questions, you can also call on our community on the Genealogy Quebec Forum*.

* Please note that you will need to create an account directly on the forum in order to participate.

Best of luck in your research and enjoy the website!

Genealogy Quebec user guide

This guide will help you navigate the various pages and collections available on GenealogyQuebec.com.

Table of contents

Subscribing to GenealogyQuebec.com

GenealogyQuebec.com’s tools and collections require a subscription to use. In order to subscribe, head over to the subscription page, and select the subscription of your choosing (24h, 1 month, 1 year).

After selecting your subscription option, you will be redirected to the account creation process, where you will need to enter your email address as well as a username and password of your choosing.

Once you have entered and validated your account information, your account will be created. You will then be prompted to purchase your subscription.

On the subscription purchase page, you will be asked to select your payment method (Paypal or Credit Card) as well as to confirm your subscription option. Clicking on the “Pay” button will redirect you to Paypal or Stripe, depending on your payment method, and allow you to proceed with the payment.

Your subscription will be activated as soon as the payment is processed, which should be instant.

Please note that you can also subscribe by phone using your credit card by calling us at 514-400-3961.

Unsubscribing from GenealogyQuebec.com

If you’ve subscribed using Paypal or your credit card, your subscription will be set to renew automatically. To cancel this automatic renewal, head over to the unsubscribe page and click on “Stop the automatic payments”. If you’re having trouble with this process, contact us at contact@institutdrouin.com or 514-400-3961.

Logging into your GenealogyQuebec.com account

To start using your subscription, you must log into your Genealogy Quebec account. To do so, head over to the login page and enter the username and password you have selected earlier.

Password recovery

If you have lost or forgotten your password, head over to this page and enter your email address. You will receive an email containing a link which will allow you to select a new password for your account.

Accessing GenealogyQuebec.com’s tools and collections

To access Genealogy Quebec’s tools, you can use the “Search tools” tab in the menu bar.

Genealogy Quebec’s tools are separated in 3 categories.

  • Primary research tools

These are the most comprehensive and detailed tools available on the website: The LAFRANCE, the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool, and the Obituary section. For most of our subscribers, these 3 tools will be sufficient to find their ancestors and retrace their lineage. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Secondary research tools

These are our complimentary research tools. They are used to address potential gaps in searches made using our primary research tools, or to add additional sources and information to these searches. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Archival funds and databases

These tools use a file tree structure. They are not equipped with a search engine and must be browsed manually.

On the Tools page, users may get more information regarding each tool, such as the type of document, the period and region covered as well as a short tutorial, by clicking on “More information”.

Other useful links (guides, tutorials, FAQ)

Quick Start Guide

What is the PRDH-IGD?

What is Genealogy Quebec?

Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD: the similarities, differences, and why you should subscribe to both

Establishing your ancestry and finding your ancestors using Genealogy Quebec

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

Research helper – Keywords

This section gives you a concise overview of the period, regions and type of documents covered by each of Genealogy Quebec’s tools. Complimentary information is included between parenthesis when the period, region or type of document is only partially covered by the tool.

Period

17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21th century

Location

Quebec

Acadia

Rest of Canada

United States

Religion

Catholic

Protestant

Other

You will find a more detailed version of this research helper on this PDF file.

Using the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE


Using the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997


Using the Obituary section

The Obituary section


Using the Drouin Institute’s Great Collections

Drouin Institute’s Great collections


Using the Petit NBMDS tool

The NBMDS tool


Using the Connolly File

The Connolly File


Using the Drouin Family Genealogies

Drouin Institute’s Family Genealogies


Using the Census tool

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)


Using the Notarized documents tool

Notarized documents


Using the Postcards tool

Postcards


Using the Acadia – Families tool

Acadia – Families


Using the Drouin Collection Records

The Drouin Collection Records


Using the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections


Using the BMD Cards

BMD Cards (Baptisms, Marriages, Burials)

Using the City Directories

City directories – Lovell (Montreal) and Marcotte (Quebec)

What is Genealogy Quebec?

Genealogy Quebec is a subscription based research website regrouping all of the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence.

The website’s 15 tools and collections total for over 50 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as part 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.

A Genealogy Quebec subscription gives access to the following tools (click on the tool’s name for more details):

  • The LAFRANCE – Index with link to the original document of baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec, Ontario, Acadia and the United States.
    • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from 1621 to 1861
    • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918
    • ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849
    • 1,450,000 Quebec Catholic marriages from 1919 to today
    • 80,000 Quebec civil marriages from 1969 to today
    • 140,000 Ontario marriages from 1850 to today
    • 38,000 marriages from the United States
    • 3,000 Quebec Protestant marriages from 1850 to 1941
    • 17,000 miscellaneous Quebec marriages from 2018 and 2019
    • 68,000 miscellaneous Quebec BMD records from the 20th and 21st century
    • CURRENTLY BEING ADDED: Tens of thousands of baptisms, marriages and burials from Ontario and Acadia as well as Protestant records from Quebec
  • Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 – Index with link to the original document of most of the marriages and deaths celebrated in Quebec between 1926 and 1997, all religious denominations included.
  • The Obituary Section – Index and original document of:
    • 2.7 million Canadian obituaries published online between 1999 and today
    • 1,250,000 obituaries published in Quebec and Ontario newspapers between 1945 and today
    • 97,500 memorial cards published between 1860 and today
    • 739,000 tombstones from Quebec and Ontario cemeteries
  • Drouin Institute’s Great Collections – Digitization of the following collections:
  • La Masculine (Men Series)
  • Fichier Histor
  • Fiches Acadiennes (Acadian Cards)
  • Dossiers généalogiques Drouin
  • Affinités généalogiques Drouin
  • Petit Drouin
  • Dictionnaire national des Canadiens-Français
  • La Féminine (Woman Series)
  • Prévôté de Québec
  • Fiches Franco-américaines (Franco-American Files)
  • Patrimoine Familial
  • Patrimoine National
  • Kardex Noir
  • Drouin Collection Records – All of Quebec’s parish registers from 1621 to 1940, as well as some from parts of Ontario, New England and Acadia.
  • The Petit NBMDS – 1,320,000 baptism, marriage and burial records from various parts of Quebec, Ontario and the United States.
  • The Connolly File6,700,000 Quebec baptism, marriage and burial files covering from 1621 to today.
  • Drouin Institute’s Family Genealogies – 660 family genealogies produced by the Drouin Institute during the 20th century. Totals for over 230 000 pages.
  • Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous Collections – Collection of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical relevance. Contains the PRDH books, the Jetté dictionary, some municipal archives, old newspapers and much more.
  • Acadia – Families – Family files, with link to the related original documents, pertaining to Acadians. Covers more than 158,000 Acadian families.
  • Postcards – Contains 256,000 postcards sent or received over the course of the 20th century. Can be searched by sender or recipient.
  • BMD Cards – A repository of millions of baptism, marriage and burial cards from Quebec, Ontario and the United States. Contains, among other things, the “Antonin Loiselle” and “Kardex” collections.
  • Census – Contains Quebec’s 1881 and 1901 censuses as well as Ontario’s 1881 census.
  • Notarized documents –  Contains some 83,000 notarized documents indexed by type of contract, cited names, name of the notary, date and location. Linked to a digitized version of the original document.
  • City directories –  Contains a digitized version of Montreal (Lovell – 1843 to 2000) and Quebec city’s (Marcotte – 1822 to 1904)  directories.

Subscriptions

There are 3 types of subscriptions to GenealogyQuebec.com. All 3 subscriptions give access to the entire library of tools and databases; only the length of the subscriptions differ.

24h access – 7$

Monthly subscription – 14,95$

Yearly subscription – 129$

Prices are in Canadian dollar. Taxes will be applied for Canadian residents.

User guide – Getting familiar with the website

If you’re beginning on Genealogy Quebec, we recommend that you follow the Quick start guide.

Genealogy Quebec is geared towards both seasoned genealogists and novices alike. While a certain familiarity with the website is necessary to make the most of its 15 tools and collections, the majority of our users are able to retrace their ancestors through our 3 main tools, which happen to be the more straightforward and easy to use.

We have separated the collections in 3 categories in order to guide our less experienced users towards the right tools:

  • Primary research tools

These are the most comprehensive and detailed tools available on the website: The LAFRANCE, the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool, and the Obituary section. For most of our subscribers, these 3 tools will be sufficient to find their ancestors and retrace their lineage. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Secondary research tools

These are our complimentary research tools. They are used to address potential gaps in searches made using our primary research tools, or to add additional sources and information to these searches. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.

  • Archival funds and databases

These tools use a file tree structure. They are not equipped with a search engine and must be browsed manually.

On the Tools page, users may get more information regarding each tool, such as the type of document, the period and region covered as well as a short tutorial, by clicking on “More information”.

You will find a series of articles about our numerous tools and collections on our blog.

Establishing your ancestry and finding your ancestors using Genealogy Quebec.

Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD: the similarities, differences, and why you should subscribe to both

PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com are genealogical research websites managed by the Drouin genealogical Institute.

Genealogy Quebec

Genealogy Quebec contains all of the genealogical data, collections and tools developed and acquired by the Drouin Institute over the past 100 years. You will find on the website over 50 million images and documents in 15 different tools and collections.

You will find more detailed information about these 15 tools here, and about the website in general at this address.

PRDH-IGD

The PRDH-IGD was created from a Université de Montréal database and is in constant evolution. You will find more information about the PRDH-IGD and its content in this article.

What are the differences between PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com?

GenealogyQuebec.com PRDH-IGD.com
Period 1621 – 2019 1621 – 1849
Original documents Yes No
Family reconstructions No Yes
Type of documents BMS records, obituaries, death cards, tombstones, notarized documents, censuses, marriage repertories, parish records, postcards, city directories BMS records, Individual files, Couple files, Family files
Subscription type Time based (24h, 1 month, 1 year) Purchasable “hits”

What are the advantages of being subscribed to both websites, and how do the subscriptions interact?

Members who are subscribed to both GenealogyQuebec.com and the PRDH-IGD.com have access to the following exclusive features:

  • View the original document (parish register) on GenealogyQuebec.com from any PRDH-IGD.com certificate

    Click on the mention circled in red to go from a PRDH-IGD.com certificate (left) to the original document associated with it on GenealogyQuebec.com (right)
  • View the PRDH-IGD.com individual file of any individual named in a GenealogyQuebec.com‘s LAFRANCE certificate

    Click on the mention circled in red to go from a GenealogyQuebec.com certificate (left) to an individual file on PRDH-IGD.com (right)
  • 10% bonus PRDH-IGD hits free of charge on purchase for GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers (up to 100 hits)

    During the purchasing process on PRDH-IGD.com, you will be given the option to enter your GenealogyQuebec.com username to receive 10% additional hits free of charge

    Note that a delay of a few days is to be expected before the reception of your bonus hits as we need to treat your demand manually.

Establishing your ancestry and finding your ancestors using Genealogy Quebec

In this guide, you will learn how to trace your ancestry using your subscription to Genealogy Quebec.

Defining ancestry

Your ancestry denotes all of your ancestors as far back as they are traceable, starting with your parents. With each generation, the amount of ancestors you have doubles: 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, etc. An ancestry can be total, or can be limited to a subset of ancestors:

  • Paternal ancestry (all the ancestors on the paternal side of your ancestry) or maternal ancestry (all the ancestors on the maternal side of your ancestry)
  • Patrilineal (father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc.) or matrilineal (mother, grandmother, great grandmother, etc.) An ancestry can be unlimited, going as far back as the genealogical sources allow, or limited to a certain amount of generations.

The key to tracing a line in genealogy is the marriage record, as it contains, in most cases, the names of the parents of the spouses. With these names, you should be able to find the marriage of the parents in question and go back a generation.

Tools

Genealogy Quebec offers multiple tools allowing you to find all kinds of documents and information about your ancestors. However, to trace your lineage, you will mainly use the LAFRANCE and the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tools.

  • The LAFRANCE will be your main tool to trace your lineages on the website. It contains the majority of marriages, births and deaths available on Genealogy Quebec and covers a period stretching from the beginnings of the French colony to today.
    The process begins with finding a marriage that belongs to a couple of the lineage you are tracing, such as your parents or your grandparents’ marriage, and using the information contained in the record to jump back from generation to generation.
  • The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool is an index of marriages and deaths recorded in Quebec between 1926 to 1997. This tool will be useful if you are unable to find a marriage with which to start your research on the LAFRANCE.

Tracing a line on Genealogy Quebec

Step one – Gathering information

To trace your ancestry using Genealogy Quebec, you must begin by writing down as much as you know about your ancestors, such as names, dates, and locations. It is always a good idea to ask parents, grandparents and other family members for clues and information regarding the family. The more information you start with, the easier your research will be. Make sure to have all this information readily available when starting your research.


Example case, click to expand

Bertrand Desjardins, born on the 24th of November 1948 in Montreal, is attempting to trace his patrilineal ancestry – the Desjardins side – using Genealogy Quebec.
Here is the information gathered by Bertrand before the start of his research.

Subject:

  • Bertrand Desjardins, born on the 24th of November 1948 in Montreal

Parents:

  • François-Joseph Desjardins born in 1908, died on the 1st of September 1963
  • Suzanne Bertrand, born in 1919, died on December 31st 2014,
  • The couple married in 1943 in Montreal

Grandparents:

  • François-Joseph Desjardins’ father is François Desjardins, who died in July 1955
  • François-Joseph Desjardins’ mother is Anna Jacques, who died on September 1st 1975

Additional information:

  • François-Joseph Desjardins is the eldest child of his family
  • François-Joseph Desjardins’ grandfather is named Charles Desjardins


Step two – Using this information to find a marriage from the lineage

We now have to use the information gathered in the first step to find a marriage from the lineage which will serve as a starting point. To do so, go to the LAFRANCE.

When searching for a record on the LAFRANCE, it is important to stick to the following principles:

  • Do not fill in too many fields on your initial search. Your first search should only include the surnames of the spouses. By doing so, you limit the risk of the record being excluded from the results of your search, which can occur when one of the search queries does not exactly match the information contained in the document.

Showing the recommended way to search on the LAFRANCE, here looking for the marriage of Augustin Desjardins and Rosalie Lavoie

  • Try different variations of your search. If your initial search does not allow you to find the document you are looking for, this does not necessarily mean that the document is not available on the LAFRANCE. It is likely that the document is there, but that one of the parameters of your search did not exactly match the information contained in the document, which excluded it from the results.
    To overcome this problem, you can try different variations of your search. For example, your initial search might contain the spouses’ surnames only. Your second search would be limited to the husband’s first and last name, without including the wife in the query. Your third search would use the husband’s last name and wife’s first name, and so on. Eventually, if the record is available on the LAFRANCE, one of the variations of your search should allow you to find it.

Finally, it is important to know how to interpret the list of results produced by a search on the LAFRANCE. When you carry out a search by Couple, the results will list every record in which the couple is mentioned, regardless of their role in the record. These can be baptism, marriage or burial records, and the couple can play the role of subjects (the spouses) or parents (parents of the spouses, parents of the newborn child or parents of the deceased person).

List of results of a search in the LAFRANCE. The marriage records (m) in which the couple we searched for has the role of subjects (S-S) are the ones we will use to trace a lineage

In the list of results obtained from a search on the LAFRANCE, the Type column indicates the type of record in question:

  • b: baptism
  • m: marriage
  • s: burial

The Roles column indicates the role held by the couple in the record:

  • S-S: Subject-Subject, the spouses
  • P-M: Father-Mother, the parents
  • S-C: Subject-Spouse, used when one of the spouses is widowed and the previous spouse is mentioned in the record

As such, in the image above:

  • The records highlighted in green are baptisms and burials in which the searched couple are the parents
  • The record highlighted in red is a marriage record in which the searched couple are the parents of one of the spouses
  • The records highlighted in yellow are marriage records in which the searched couples are the spouses

It is with marriages (m) in which the searched couple are the subjects (S-S) that we will be tracing lineages.


Example case, click to expand

Equipped with the information gathered during the first step, Bertrand is now ready to find the marriage that will serve as the starting point for his research.

Bertrand initially decides to begin his research with the marriage of his parents François-Joseph Desjardins and Suzanne Bertrand. Unfortunately, despite multiple attempts, the marriage does not seem available on the LAFRANCE.

Therefore, Bertrand turns to the marriage of his grandparents, François Eugène Desjardins and Anna Jacques.

Search parameters entered by Bertrand to find the marriage of his grandparents François Eugène Desjardins and Anna Jacques

Results of the previous search with the desired marriage framed in yellow

François Eugène Desjardins and Anna Jacques’ marriage as found on the LAFRANCE

His search successful, Bertrand now has the information required to go back a generation in his paternal line. To do so, he will have to find the marriage of the parents of François Eugène Desjardins: Charles Eugène Desjardins and Marie Malvina Fortin.


Third step – Going back one generation at a time

With a marriage from your lineage in hand, you are now in a position to find your ancestors. To do so, you will have to find the husband’s (or wife’s) parents marriage, which will allow you to go back a generation.

A simple LAFRANCE search using their names should allow you to do so.

The names of the groom’s parents are listed in the marriage on the left. Searching for them in the LAFRANCE allows us to find their marriage. By repeating the process, we can go back to the first immigrant of a line in Quebec territory.

This process is repeated until you reach the first generation of your line to have set foot in Quebec, often in the 18th or even the 17th century. Depending on your family, you may have more than a dozen generations to trace back before you get to the first immigrant.


Example case, click to expand

Thanks to the marriage of his grandparents found earlier, Bertrand knows that his paternal great-grandparents are Charles Eugène Desjardins and Marie Malvina Fortin. He must now find their marriage using the LAFRANCE.

Recommended search for Charles Eugène Desjardins and Marie Malvina Fortin’s marriage in the LAFRANCE

Charles Eugène Desjardins and Marie Malvina Fortin’s marriage highlighted in the results list

Charles Eugène Desjardins and Marie Malvina Fortin’s marriage. Bertrand’s great-grandparents.

Charles Eugène Desjardins’ marriage indicates that his parents are Alexandre Roy Desjardins and Léocadie Gagnon. Bertrand must now find their marriage and repeat the process again and again, until he reaches the first immigrant of his paternal line.

Six generations later, Bertrand finds the marriage of the first immigrant of his line, Alexandre Roy dit Desjardins, who married Marie Major on September 11, 1668 in Quebec.

Antoine Roy (dit Desjardins) and Marie Major’s marriage, the first couple in Bertrand’s paternal lineage to marry in Quebec

Thanks to the LAFRANCE, Bertrand was able to trace his paternal line as far back as the 17th century in minutes.


If you cannot find a marriage in the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE contains all Catholic marriages recorded in Quebec prior to 1919, but coverage from 1919 to the present day is not exhaustive. Because of this, you may not be able to find a marriage of your lineage if the information gathered in the first step of your research does not allow you to go back to 1919 or prior.

If that is the case, we suggest you turn to the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool, in which you will find the majority of marriages and deaths registered in Quebec during this period.

In the Marriages section of the tool, you may be able to find a marriage from your lineage. Note, however, that the form used to record marriages in this collection changed many times between 1926 and 1997, and some versions of the form do not include the names of the parents of the spouses. Therefore, even if you find a marriage from your lineage in this collection, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to use it to go back a generation in your line.

The records found in the Deaths section of the tool can also serve as a starting point for your research. Indeed, these can contain the names of the parents of the deceased person. As such, you could search for the death record of your most distant known paternal ancestor, and get the names of his parents from the record, allowing you to go back one generation. After that, simply go back to the LAFRANCE to find the marriage of the parents in question, and follow the procedure explained in step two to trace back your lineage.


Example case, click to expand

Thanks to the information gathered by Bertrand at the start of his research, it was easy for him to find the marriage of his grandparents in the LAFRANCE.

Now imagine a scenario where Bertrand was unable to gather basic information such as the names of his grandparents. Essentially, Bertrand’s starting point is the names of his parents, their date of marriage, their year of birth and the date of death of his father.

  • François-Joseph Desjardins, born in 1908, died on September 1st 1963
  • Suzanne Bertrand, born in 1919, died on December 31st 2014
  • Married in 1943 in Montreal

As his parents’ marriage is not available in the LAFRANCE, Bertrand has to turn to the Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool.

A search for his parents’ surnames in the Marriages section of the tool allows him to find their marriage certificate:

François-Joseph Desjardins and Suzanne Bertrand’s marriage found in the Marriages 1926-1997 tool

Although this document provides him a lot of interesting information, it does not allow Bertrand to jump back to the marriage of his grandparents, as they are not mentioned in the document.

Therefore, Bertrand turns to the Deaths section of the tool in hopes of finding his father’s death certificate.

A search for a Desjardins who died in 1963 allows Bertrand to find the record.

Death record of François-Joseph Desjardins from the Deaths 1926-1997 tool

The record indicates that the names of François-Joseph Desjardins’s parents are F. Desjardins and A. Jacques. A search for a Desjardins/Jacques couple in the LAFRANCE leads to their marriage, which will serve as Bertrand’s starting point in his attempt to trace his paternal line.


Do not hesitate to contact us at contact @ institutdrouin.com if you have any questions regarding this guide or the process of retracing your ancestors.

What is PRDH-IGD?

The 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 commonly referred to as  “Family Reconstructions”. The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2,500,000 records.

Every individual mentioned in these records receives their own “individual file” in which all the information available on the individual is centralized. The individual file also contains links to every record in which the individual is mentioned in the database.

In addition, each married couple is assigned a “family file” which fulfills a similar role as the individual file, but in relation to a family unit. It contains the list of all the couple’s children with links to their individual files, the list of all baptisms, marriages and burials of these children with links to the records in question, and additional information on the married couple.

As such, the PRDH-IGD database can be seen as a comprehensive family tree of the French Canadian population from the beginnings of the colony to 1849.

All the information available on the site is maintained and corrected in collaboration with the demography department of the University of Montreal and is of unparalleled reliability in the field of genealogy.


To better understand the importance and value of family reconstructions, we will explore the database by using the case of François Plouf, who lived in St-François-Xavier-de-Verchères in the 18th century.

Search for the baptism of François Plouf in the PRDH

To begin the search, the information is entered in the search template. In this case, we are searching for any mention of a Francois Plouf in the database, without limiting the search to a specific period or parish.

Search results for any mention of Francois Plouf in the PRDH database

We obtain a list of results for our search.

  • The first column gives us the record number, which is used to identify the record in the database
  • The second column gives us the date of the event
  • The third column gives us the type of record (baptism, burial or marriage)
  • The fourth column gives us the parish in which the event was celebrated
  • The role column tells us what role the individual has in the record
  • The sex, standard name and standard first name columns are self explanatory

We will select the 14th result, which is the baptism of François Plouf, celebrated on the 27th of November 1718 in Contrecoeur.

François Plouf’s baptism file sourced from the PRDH

This baptism file was created from the original record. It extracts all the relevant information from it and presents it in a convenient manner.

In a PRDH-IGD baptism, marriage or burial file, every name is a link to that person’s individual file. By clicking on François Plouf’s name, we are taken to the following file.

François Plouf’s individual file from PRDH-IGD

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).

Again, every name is also a link to that person’s individual file. Additionally, written dates can be clicked to be taken to that event’s certificate.

Finally, the “First marriage” and “Family” mentions link to the appropriate family file. Let’s explore François Plouf and Marie Ursule emery Codere’s family file.

François Plouf’s and Marie Ursule Emery Codere’s family file from PRDH-IGD

A family file is created for any married couple mentioned in a record certificate in the database. This family file centralizes all the information available on the couple as well as all of their children, and provides links to the individual files and record certificates that pertain to the family.

The family file can be seen as the final result of the PRDH’s family reconstruction process.

Ultimately, the PRDH-IGD database can be described as a massive family tree of all Catholic individuals who lived in Quebec between 1621 and 1849.

The database is being corrected and added to on a monthly basis, and we hope to be able to extend the period it covers shortly.

GenealogyQuebec.com integration

Members who are subscribed to both GenealogyQuebec.com and the PRDH have access to the following exclusive features:

  1. View the original document (parish register) on GenealogyQuebec.com from any PRDH-IGD.com certificate
  2. View the PRDH-IGD.com individual file of any individual named in a GenealogyQuebec.com‘s LAFRANCE certificate
  3. 10% bonus PRDH-IGD.com hits free of charge on purchase for GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers (up to 100 hits)

What are the differences between the PRDH-IGD.com and GenealogyQuebec.com?

 GenealogyQuebec.comPRDH-IGD.com
Period1621 to Today1621 to1849
Original documentsYesNo
Family reconstructionsNoYes
Type of documentsBMS records, obituaries, death cards, tombstones, notarized documents, censuses, marriage repertories, parish records, postcardsBMS records, Individual files, Couple files, Family files
Subscription typeTime based (24h, 1 month, 1 year)Purchasable “hits”

How to subscribe to the PRDH-IGD?

PRDH subscriptions use “hits”. A “hit” is debited from your account every time a record certificate, an individual file, a family file or a couple file is displayed. However, the initial search that leads to a list of results is free.

You will find the various subscription options at this address.