Massive PRDH-IGD update, now nearly twice as many individuals in the database!

More than a year ago, we announced the addition of the family reconstructions from 1800 to 1824 to the PRDH-IGD database.

Today, we are pleased to announce that the family reconstructions from 1825 to 1849 have been added to the PRDH-IGD website, which officially brings the 1800 – 1849 period to a close.

This massive update represents the addition of 787 675 individuals and 94 444 families to the database. In total, we are talking about 8 500 000 new family links to explore in the PRDH-IGD database!
To put this into perspective, the PRDH-IGD database contained a total of 870 763 individuals before this update. That number has now nearly doubled!

To give you a more concrete overview of these additions, here is a Family File before and after this week’s update.
Before the update:

After the update:

You will notice the absence of events dated after 1824 on the first image. In the second picture, you can see many new individuals in the family, those born after 1824, as well as several events that were not associated with this family before the update.

What is the PRDH-IGD?

First, it should be noted that the PRDH-IGD is made up of 2 elements. These two elements work in tandem to form what could be described as a comprehensive family tree of the entire Catholic population of the Province of Quebec from 1621 to 1849.

The first element is the repertory of vital events. This is a directory of all Catholic baptism, marriage and burial records celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849, more than 2.5 million records. The records are presented in the form of certificates.

The second element is the genealogical dictionary of families (family reconstructions). In addition to baptism, marriage and burial records, the PRDH-IGD contains what we call individual and family files.

Any individual mentioned in a record from the database is given his own individual file.

The individual file centralizes all the mentions of the 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).
Every name and date in the individual file can be clicked to access the related individual file or record certificate.

Similarly, any married couple mentioned in a record in the database is given a Family File.

This Family File includes all the children of the couple as well as a link to the events where these children are mentioned. Again, all the names and dates in the file are links to the individuals and events in question. It is therefore possible to navigate from file to file and from record to record with a simple click.

You will find a more in depth explanation of the PRDH-IGD database on our blog.

How to subscribe to the PRDH-IGD?

PRDH-IGD subscriptions are hit based.

A hit is charged each time a page is displayed, except for the list of references obtained from a query, which is not charged. A subscription thus corresponds to the right to view a certain quantity of one or the other of the following elements: a certificate from the Repertory of vital events (record certificates), an individual or family file from the Genealogical dictionary or a couple file from the Repertory of couples.

You will find the various subscription options at this address.

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

GenealogyQuebec.com PRDH-IGD.com
Period 1621 – 2018 1621 – 1849
Original documents Yes No
Family Reconstructions         No Yes
Type of documents BMD records,
Obituaries,
Death cards,
Tombstones,
Notarized documents,
Censuses,
Marriage directories,
Parish records,
Postcards,
City directories
BMD records,
Individual files,
Couple files,
Family files
Subscription type Time based (24h, 1 month, 1 year) Purchasable “hits”

 

What are the benefits of being a subscriber to both websites?

Members who are subscribed to both GenealogyQuebec.com and 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 link 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 link 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
During the subscription 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

Price adjustment

When the PRDH website opened in 2000, a price was determined for each block of hits. These prices were adjusted in the early years, but have been maintained for almost 10 years now, despite significant inflation in the price of goods and services in Canada, and the addition of millions of records and individuals to the website. As such, we have decided to adjust the PRDH-IGD rates accordingly. Here are the new prices:

Amount of hits Cost before taxes Cost per hit
100 19.99$ 20¢
500 49.99$ 10¢
1000 79.99$
2500 174,99$
5000 299.99$
10000 499.99$

Prices are in Canadian dollars ($CAD)
Quebec residents: + GST + QST
Canada residents outside of Quebec: + GST + PST
Residents from outside Canada: No taxes

Please note that this price adjustment will not be applied until Friday, September 14, 2018. You will therefore have a full week following the receipt of this newsletter to take advantage of the old rates.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE update, addition of 15 000 newspaper obituaries and new blog articles on Genealogy Quebec!

The bimonthly LAFRANCE update was released earlier in the week. The additions pertain to the 1850-1861 period for Catholic baptisms and burials.

Update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 15 585 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 7 132 records added
In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. Baptisms and burials of the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through our bimonthly updates.

Newspaper obituaries update

The Newspaper obituaries tool, which can be found in the Obituary section on Genealogy Quebec, has been updated. Around 15 000 new death notices have been added, which brings the collection to a total of 664 001 notices. These obituaries have been taken from Quebec newspapers published between 1945 and 2015.

You can browse this collection with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

What is Genealogy Quebec?

What your ancestors can tell you about your life expectancy, by Bertrand and François Desjardins

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Genealogy Quebec, now in a library near you!

Good news!

We are happy to announce that GenealogyQuebec.com is now available in the following libraries:

Réseau des bibliothèques publiques de Longueuil (September 2018)
Bibliothèques Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Réseau BIBLIO des Laurentides
Bibliothèque Roland-LeBlanc (September 2018)
Bibliothèque de Beaconsfield
Bibliothèque Paul-O.-Trépanier
Ville de Trois-Rivières – Service des bibliothèques
Réseau des bibliothèques de Repentigny (September 2018)
Bibliothèque de Brossard
Bibliothèque de Sainte-Thérèse
Bibliothèque Guy-Bélisle
Bibliothèque de Québec

Does my library offer Genealogy Quebec or PRDH access?

Genealogy Quebec and the PRDH are available in numerous libraries and genealogical societies throughout Canada and the United States. You will have to contact your local library or society to inquire about Genealogy Quebec and PRDH access.

How can I get my local library to carry Genealogy Quebec and the PRDH?

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

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

Obituaries – Free section

The development of our Online obituary section continues, and it now contains over 2.2 million death notices!
This section contains obituaries from all over Canada ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse the collection for free at this address.

Finally, we would like to invite you to follow the Drouin Institute on Facebook, where we regularly share unusual and interesting genealogical and historical findings, such as the cost of groceries in 1927 in Saint-Jérome, or Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s marriage in Montreal!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE Update And Addition of 30 000 Newspaper Obituaries on Genealogy Quebec!

The bimonthly LAFRANCE update was released earlier in the week. The additions mostly pertain to the 1850-1861 period for Catholic baptisms and burials.

Update figures

Catholic baptisms: 10 444 records added
Catholic burials: 3149 records added
Catholic marriages: 121 records added

Note that 815 of these new records come from Cyprien Tanguay, who had access during the creation of his famous “Dictionnaire généalogique des familles canadiennes” to now unavailable records. These records mostly cover the SorelSaint-Augustin and Petite-Rivière-Saint-François parishes.

In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. Baptisms and burials of the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through our bimonthly updates.

Newspaper obituaries

In our previews newsletter, we announced the addition of 13 723 death notices to the Newspaper Obituaries section. These additions have continued through the month of June, with now over 30 000 new obituaries being made available in the collection.

This section contains 656 155 death notices published in Quebec newspapers between 1945 and 2015.
You can browse this collection with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com in the Obituary section.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

How far back can you research your ancestry in Quebec?

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Postcards Update And Tens of Thousands of New Documents on Genealogy Quebec!

In this edition of our newsletter, we will go over the numerous additions that were made to GenealogyQuebec.com’s tools and collections in the past few days.

Postcard images

The Postcards collection, which contains over 256 000 postcards sent or received in Quebec during the 20th century, has just received a major update. When this tool was first made available, only the back of the card was digitized and available for viewing.

Today, we have added the front side of most of the 256 000 postcards, allowing you to enjoy the cards in their entirety.

The postcards are indexed by the names of the sender and recipient. A search engine allows for easy browsing within the tool. This collection is available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers at this address.

Newspaper obituaries

Some 13 723 new obituaries have been added to the Newspaper Obituaries section.

You will find the Newspaper Obituaries in the Obituary section, which is available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers.

Registers

The St-Pierre de Shawinigan parish register (1899 to 2000) has been added to the “Registres québécois, Actes découpés” folder, which can be found in the Drouin Collection Records.

Still in the Drouin Collection Records, but this time in the “Registres divers”folder, you will now find 15 000 new images of various registers and archives from the city of Cannes, in France. These archives cover a period spanning from 1636 to 1902.

Also in the “Registres divers” folder, you will now be able to browse through most of the births from the state of Massachusetts for the years 1880 and 1909.

Genealogical charts from Planète Généalogie

2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website, which was acquired by the Drouin Institute in 2017, have been added to GenealogyQuebec.com.

These charts were produced by the Planète Généalogie team as well as various collaborators within the past few years. They can be browsed in the “24 – Lignées généalogiques” folder, which can be found in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections tool.

Statuts de la province de Québec

In this collection, you will find a variety of legal documents pertaining to adoptions, name changes and inheritances. The documents are sorted by the subject’s family name.

The “25 – Statuts de la province de Québec” folder can be found in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections tool.

Municipal archives

Numerous books and municipal records from the cities of Victoriaville, St-Paul-de-Chester and St-Louis-de-Blandford can now be viewed in the “16 – Archives Municipales” folder, in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections tool. A total of 17 948 new images.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

The King’s Daughters and the PRDH database

The second part of Sandra Goodwin’s Maple Stars and Stripes podcast about the Drouin Collection Records is now available on her website.

QFHS – Expo hall

Saturday May the 19th from 9:00am to 4:30pm, as well as Sunday May the 20th from 9:00am to 3:30pm, you will have the opportunity to meet the Drouin Institute team at Roots 2018, the Quebec Family History Society‘s genealogical conference. The conference will be held at the McGill University’s New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC, H2X 3P8. You will find more information on the QFHS’s website.
We would love to see you there!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE Update And Original Parish Document Now Available For The 1917 Marriages

The bimonthly LAFRANCE update was released earlier in the week. The additions pertain to the 1850-1861 period for Catholic baptisms and burials.

Update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 9008 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 4103 records added
In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied. You will find a list of the the parishes that have been updated here.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. Baptisms and burials of the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through our bimonthly updates.

Original document linked to the LAFRANCE‘s 1917 marriages

The 1917 Quebec Catholic marriages available on the LAFRANCE are now linked to the original parish record. You can view the original document by clicking on the image number at the top right corner of the certificate.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

The first French-Canadian centenarians in Quebec, by Bertrand and François Desjardins

Bertrand Desjardins is Sandra Goodwin’s guest in the latest episode of her podcast Maples Stars and Stripes, as they discuss the Drouin Collection records and the sometimes lesser-known documents it contains.
You will find this episode’s show notes on this page.
Maple Stars and Stripes is a podcast dedicated to French-Canadian genealogy.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Even More New Content on Genealogy Quebec!

The development of Genealogy Quebec‘s collections continues today with the addition of numerous images and files to the website’s databases. These new documents come in part from Planète Généalogie, which was acquired by the Drouin Institute a few months ago.

Kardex

34 775 baptism, marriage and burial files have been added to the Kardex tool. You will find them under the 01_Fiches BMS/Familles/ folder, which you can browse with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com at this address.


These files list baptism, marriage and burial records celebrated in Quebec as well as in Ontario and the United States. For now, these files are limited to a few families.

 Dictionnaire Jetté (Jetté Dictionary)

2852 files produced by René Jetté during the creation of his famous “Dictionnaire Jetté” were added.


Genealogy Quebec subscribers may browse the “Dictionnaire Jetté” as well as these files in the Drouin Miscellaneous Collections.

Registres, Actes découpés

Some 15 913 images have been added under the “Registres, Actes découpés” folder, which can be found in the Drouin Collection Records. These images contain the parish registers of Ste-Louise-de-Marillac de Montréal (1951-2016) as well as St-Barthélémy (1940-2010).


These documents can be viewed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec in the Drouin Collection Records section.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

Genealogy Quebec and PRDH-IGD: the similarities, differences, and why you should subscribe to both
This article goes over the similiarities and differences between GenealogyQuebec.com and PRDH-IGD.com, the Drouin Institute’s genealogical research websites. The article also explains how Genealogy Quebec subscribers benefit from 10% additional hits free of charge when purchasing a PRDH subscription.

Last names in Quebec: the influence of the pioneers, the second of a series of articles about the French pioneers in Quebec.

Obituaries – Free section

The development of our Online Obituaries section is ongoing, with around 10 000 new notices being added monthly.
This section contains over 2 million Canadian obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse the collection, no subscription required, at this address.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

The PRDH’s Web Address Has Changed!

The PRDH website can now be reached at https://www.prdh-igd.com.
The old address, https://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca, now automatically redirects to PRDH-IGD.com.

How does this change affect me?

This change does not affect the content or the use of the website in any way. You may even keep using the old address to reach the website as the automatic redirection will bring you to the correct domain.

Will my saved links still work?

Old links will still be functional despite the address change. For example, if you follow this link:
http://www.genealogie.umontreal.ca/en/exemple/reconstructions-familiales
The automatic redirection will bring you to the same page but under the correct address, which is:
http://www.prdh-igd.com/en/exemple/reconstructions-familiales

This applies to every page on the website.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

All The 1917 Quebec Catholic Marriages Are Now Available on Genealogy Quebec!

Today, we are happy to announce the addition of all 1917 Quebec Catholic marriages to Genealogy Quebec. These marriages are now available on the LAFRANCE.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic Marriages 1917: 15 369 records added
Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 17 397 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 6 576 records added

In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.com subscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1917, ALL Catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849 as well as ALL Protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. Baptisms and burials of the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through our bimonthly updates.

Original document for the 1917 marriages

While the certificates for the 1917 marriages are now available on the LAFRANCE, they are not yet linked to the original parish document. These links will be added with the release of our first spring update.
Until then, the original documents can be viewed in the Drouin Collection Records. Here is an example illustrating the process of finding the original document for a 1917 marriage.

We are looking for the original document associated with the marriage certificate of Joseph Desjardins and Marie Eva Levesque.


To find the original document, we will use the Drouin Collection Records tool. Once there, we will open the Québec folder.


We must then find the folder named after the parish in which the marriage was celebrated. In our case, the parish is St-Pacôme and will be found under “St”.


By opening the 1917 folder, we obtain the list of images of St-Pacôme’s register for that year. The images are sorted in chronological order; the first images will contain the January records, while the last few images will contain the December records. Since the marriage we are looking for was celebrated on January 30th, we know that it will be found on one of the first images.


And with that, we have found the original document pertaining to Joseph Desjardins and Marie Eva Levesque’s marriage.

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

Immigration from Old to New France, the first of a series of articles about the first French settlers.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Discover The New City Directories Tool On Genealogy Quebec!

Today, we are introducing our City directories tool, a new database exclusively available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers!

This tool contains the Marcotte and Lovell telephone directories.
The Lovell covers the metropolitan region of Montreal from 1843 to 1912, while the Marcotte covers the city of Quebec and the surrounding areas from 1822 to 1904.
The period covered by the Lovell will be extended to the year 2000 in a future update.

This tool can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.
For more information, visit our blog!

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

Establishing your ancestry and finding your ancestors using Genealogy Quebec
This article, catering to genealogy novices and experts alike, details the various scenarios encountered while trying to establish your ancestry on GenealogyQuebec.com. A must read if you aren’t sure where to begin your research or if you are stuck on a brick wall!

Acadia – Families update

The Acadia – Families tool has been updated and now contains over 70 000 Acadian family files, covering from 1621 to 1849.
This tool contains family files based on original Acadian records. The files usually give the names of the parents, the name of the child, the parish and the dates of baptism and/or burial. In most cases, a link to the original marriage, baptism and/or burial record is available.
You can browse this tool with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

 

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team