New historical newspapers now available on Genealogy Quebec!

4 new historical newspapers are now available on Genealogy Quebec!

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

L’Avant-Garde (1896-1898)

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


L’avenir de Québec (1893)

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


Le Canada-Français (1961-1963 and 1968)

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


The Advertiser (1856-1861)

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


New user guide

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

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


17th century

18th century

19th century

20th century

21th century




Rest of Canada

United States





Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

The LAFRANCE now contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials up to 1861!

We are happy to announce that we have completed the addition of ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from the 1850-1861 period to the LAFRANCE.
This project, which debuted in 2015, represents the addition of some 652 502 baptism and burial records from 422 different parishes.

The LAFRANCE now contains:

  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1917
  • ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms from 1621 to 1861
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic burials from 1621 to 1861
  • 68 401 Quebec Catholic baptisms and burials from between 1862 and 2019

For a grand total of 3 755 659 parish records from the province of Quebec.

You will find these parish records under two formats in the LAFRANCE:

Original documents – a digitized image of the original parish register, as it was originally drafted.

St-Philippe parish register, sourced from the Drouin Collection

Record certificate – Every record in the database is indexed under what we refer to as a certificate. The certificate contains all the relevant information extracted from the original record such as the names, dates, roles, occupations, relationships, marital status, etc.

Record certificate from the LAFRANCE

You can use the LAFRANCE with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

For more information about the LAFRANCE as well as research tips, take a look at this article on our blog.

What’s next?

The development of the LAFRANCE continues! Our focus will now be on the indexation of every Ontarian and Acadian parish register available in the Drouin Collection, as well as all of Quebec’s Protestant baptism and burial records from 1760 to 1861. Protestant marriages from the 1850 – 1861 period will also be indexed.

Here is the list of Ontarian parish registers we plan to index up to 1861:

South March Chatham
Mattawa South Gloucester
Orléans Maidstone
Tecumseh Mont-St-Patrick
Embrun Belle-Rivière
Ottawa (St-Joseph) Cornwall (St-Colomban)
Pakenham Curran
Garden River (Cœur-Immaculée-de-Marie) Pembroke (mission)
Garden River (Missions) Wikwemikong
Lafontaine Corkery
Pembroke (cathédrale) Alexandria
St-Eugène Richmond
Clarence Creek L’Orignal
Ottawa (St-Patrice) Ottawa (Notre-Dame)
Tilbury Île-Drummond
Williamstown Amherstburg (mission de la Rivière-aux-Hurons)
Eganville St-Andrew’s West
Fitzroy Harbor St-Raphaël
Paincourt Amherstburg (St-Jean)
Fallowfield St-Pierre
LaPasse Windsor (Missions des Hurons de Detroit)
Lochiel Windsor (L’Assomption-de-Sandwich)

And here is the list of Acadian parish registers that will be indexed up to 1861:

Johnville Memramcook
Cap-Pelé Bartibogue
St-François-Xavier Escuminac
Golding-Grove St-Louis-des-Français
St-Léonard Ardouane (mission)
Charlo Baie-des-Vents
Renous-Bridge Baie-Verte
Scoudouc Barachois
Loch-Lomond Bouctouche
Dalhousie Boujagane
Pokemouche-en-Bas Cocagne
Pokemouche-en-Haut Grande-Digue
Woodstock (paroisse) Shédiac
Red-Bank St-Charles-Borromée
Cap-Tourmentin Bathurst-Ouest
Lamèque Tracadie
Arichat Acadie (St-Bernard de Neguac)
Belledune Nash Creek (St-Bernard)
Chatham Richibouctou
Milltown St-Basile
Blackville Miramichi
Frédéricton (Bureau de Santé) Baie-Ste-Marie
Dorchester Acadie (St-Pierre de Caraquet)
St-Anselme Acadie (Missions)
Woodstock (Bureau de Santé) Acadie et Gaspésie (mission d’Acadie)
Frédéricton (St-Dunstan) Ecouipahaq
St-Andrew (paroisse) Sunbury
Nelson Ste-Anne-de-Restigouche
Central Kingsclear Petitcodiac
Petit-Rocher Sackville
Shippagan Louisbourg
Pointe-au-Sapin Ile-St-Jean
St-Jean (cathédrale) Beaubassin
Argyle Ile-Royale
Restigouche, comté de La Baleine
Rivière-Jacquet St-Charles-les-Mines
Shemogue Port-Royal
Ile-du-Prince-Edouard Acadie et Gaspésie (Registres des missionnaires)
Caraquet Acadie (Recensements)
Frédéricton (Central Kingsclear) Plaisance

The indexing of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials is therefore temporarily put on hold, but we will come back to it as soon as possible! We intend to index all of Quebec’s parish registers up to 1940, at a pace which will be dictated by our financial and human resources.

This massive task is entirely funded by the revenues generated from Genealogy Quebec and subscriptions. We would like to thank you for the trust you place in us, without which we wouldn’t be able to preserve and share Quebec’s genealogical and historical heritage.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Connolly File annual update: Over 46 000 new baptism, marriage and burial records

The Connolly File, one of 16 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, has been updated.

A total of 46 444 baptism, marriage and burial files have been added to this collection. 105 corrections suggested by our users were also applied.

What is the Connolly File?

The Connolly File is an index of Catholic and Protestant baptisms, marriages and burials from Quebec and part of the United States covering a period extending from 1621 to 2018.
In total, the tool contains 6 500 000 baptism, marriage and burial files.

You will find more information about this collection as well as some research tips and best practices in this article.

Update details

Here is the list of regions and parishes affected by this update, which includes the number of records added and the years they cover.

Holy Blood, Holyoke MA,US
Marriages 1860-1889: 566 records added

St-Mathew de Fall River MA, US
Marriages 1885-1986: 1960 records added

Jay & Winthrop ME, US
Marriages 1872-1983: 3160 records added

St-André de Biddeford ME, US
Marriages 1899-1978: 4454 records added

Burials published in newspapers around the Quebec region
434 files added

Our Lady of Peace, Berwick ME, US
Marriages 1919-1982: 469 records added

St. Michael, South Berwick ME, US
Marriages 1818-1982: 1016 records added

Notre-Dame, Springvale ME 
Marriages 1888-1981: 1138 records added

N-D-de-Lourdes, Saco ME, US
Marriages 1927-1986: 1121 records added

St-Alphonse de Stornoway (Frontenac), QC
Baptisms 1909-1940: 921 records added
Burials 1909-1940: 264 records added

St. Louis, St. Paul MN, US
Marriages 1869-1900: 594 records added

St-Jean-Baptiste de Brunswick ME, US
Marriages 1877-1979: 3496 records added

St. Charles Borromeo de Brunswick ME, US
Marriages 1931-1980: 642 records added

St. Francis de Sales, Waterville ME, US
Marriages 1782-1989: 3988 records added

N-D-de-Lourdes de Fall River MA, US 
Marriages 1874-1962: 6509 records added

St-Thomas, Compton QC
Baptisms 1854-1939: 3990 records added
Burials 1855-1939: 1450 records added

Blessed Sacrement, Fall River MA, US
Marriages 1883-1933: 685 records added

Notre-Dame, Southbridge MA, US
Marriages 1834-1917: 2741 records added

Directeur de l’état civil du Québec
Births: 156 tardy declaration of filiation files added
Marriages: 17 057 civil/religious marriage files and civil union files added

You can browse these new documents with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec on the Connolly File at this address.

Free-access obituaries

The Online obituary section, available for free at this address, has just hit over 2 300 000 death notices!

This section contains Canadian death notices published online between 1999 and today and is updated regularly.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

More new content on Genealogy Quebec!

More updates to Genealogy Quebec‘s tools and collections!
You will find the details of the most recent additions to the website in this newsletter.

New York state parish registers

11 000 images of parish registers from the state of New York have been added to Genealogy Quebec.

You will find these images in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “Registres divers” folder.

The registers are from the following regions:

Brushton Burke Chasm Falls
Chateaugay Fort Covington Harrietstown
Hermon Hogansburg Hopkinton
Lisbon Lisbon Centre Madrid
Malone Massena Mineville
Norwood Ogdensburg Parishville
Port Henry Potsdam Saranac Lake
Schroon Lake St. Lawrence County St. Regis Falls
Ticonderoga Trout River Tupper Lake
Waddington Westport

The records cover a period stretching from the early 19th century to 1915. Note that the records can be in English, French as well as Latin.

Death files from the QFHS

5000 death files have been added to the Kardex tool. You will find them under the “01_Fiches BMS” folder, sorted by the subject’s or the husband’s last name.

Most of these files are from between 1845 and 1855 and pertain to individuals of Protestant and Catholic faith who lived in or near Quebec.

The QFHS (Quebec Family History Society) is a genealogical society located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. It offers many resources as well as courses, conferences and seminars. You will find more information on their website.

Consulat général de France – Civil registers

1000 images from the Consulat général de France de Montréal et de Québecare now available in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “Registres divers/Québec” folder.

These images contain civil records recorded at the consulate between 1859 and 1935 and pertain to French nationals residing in Canada.

Most of the records in these registers are transcripts of vital events recorded in churches and other places of worship in Canada.

You can browse these new documents as well as 44 million images and files by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

50 000 new baptism and burial records added to the LAFRANCE on Genealogy Quebec

An update has been applied to the LAFRANCE in early February. This update pertains to the Catholic baptism and burial records recorded in the province of Quebec between 1850 and 1861.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 34 116 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 15 145 records added

The corrections suggested by our subscribers over the past month have also been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to 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 from the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through bimonthly updates.

Updated parishes

Here are the parishes that have been updated:

Parish name Event type* Min year** Max year Added records
Aylmer b 1852 1856 2
Aylmer s 1855 1855 1
Batiscan b 1852 1852 1
Batiscan s 1854 1854 1
Bic b 1850 1861 1199
Bic s 1850 1861 293
Boucherville b 1835 1835 1
Cap-de-la-Madeleine b 1861 1861 1
Douglastown b 1850 1861 836
Douglastown s 1850 1861 240
Grande-Rivière b 1852 1861 797
Grande-Rivière s 1852 1861 250
Hemmingford b 1850 1861 579
Hemmingford s 1850 1861 95
Hinchinbrooke (Athelstan) b 1858 1861 77
Hinchinbrooke (Athelstan) s 1858 1861 12
La Malbaie b 1852 1859 2
La Malbaie s 1852 1860 5
L’Acadie b 1851 1861 16
L’Acadie s 1853 1854 2
Les Éboulements b 1850 1861 1477
Les Éboulements s 1850 1861 480
Les Escoumins b 1851 1860 9
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (St-Alphonse, Chapeau) b 1850 1861 850
L’Isle-aux-Allumettes (St-Alphonse, Chapeau) s 1850 1861 119
L’Islet b 1855 1859 3
L’Islet s 1856 1856 1
Montebello b 1851 1851 1
Montmagny b 1800 1800 4
Montréal (Gésu) b 1852 1860 53
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) b 1855 1860 5007
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) s 1855 1860 4824
Montréal (St-Patrick) b 1859 1859 2
Nicolet b 1850 1861 1227
Nicolet s 1850 1861 641
Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire-de-Lévis b 1857 1857 1
Notre-Dame-du-Lac b 1861 1861 39
Notre-Dame-du-Lac s 1861 1861 11
Oka b 1850 1861 188
Oka s 1850 1861 48
Ormstown b 1850 1861 1132
Ormstown s 1850 1861 228
Papineauville b 1858 1860 6
Pointe-Gatineau b 1851 1859 4
Pointe-Gatineau s 1858 1858 1
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) b 1796 1796 2
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) m 1796 1796 1
Québec (Notre-Dame-de-Québec) s 1796 1796 18
Québec (St-Patrick) b 1856 1960 2833
Québec (St-Patrick) s 1856 1861 1654
Ristigouche b 1850 1861 622
Ristigouche s 1850 1861 246
Rivière-du-Loup b 1839 1839 1
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) b 1850 1861 187
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) s 1850 1861 78
Sorel b 1851 1854 3
Sorel s 1854 1855 3
St-André-Avellin b 1855 1861 22
St-André-d’Argenteuil s 1853 1853 1
Stanstead b 1850 1861 1172
Stanstead s 1850 1861 212
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) b 1860 1861 113
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) s 1860 1861 34
St-Arsène-de-Cacouna b 1850 1861 1128
St-Arsène-de-Cacouna s 1850 1861 409
St-Athanase-de-Bleury b 1850 1861 2205
St-Athanase-de-Bleury s 1850 1861 927
St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska b 1852 1861 1731
St-Christophe-d’Arthabaska s 1852 1861 531
St-Clément-de-Beauharnois b 1850 1861 2553
St-Clément-de-Beauharnois s 1850 1861 1192
St-Colomban b 1850 1861 377
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade b 1852 1861 4
Ste-Anne-de-la-Pérade s 1858 1858 1
Ste-Anne-des-Monts b 1851 1859 16
Ste-Anne-du-Grand-Calumet b 1850 1861 13
Ste-Anne-du-Grand-Calumet s 1853 1853 1
Ste-Flavie (Rimouski) b 1850 1861 1253
Ste-Flavie (Rimouski) s 1850 1861 336
Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan b 1851 1859 2
Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan s 1850 1856 2
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) b 1860 1861 2
Ste-Luce (Rimouski) b 1850 1861 1381
Ste-Luce (Rimouski) s 1850 1861 415
Ste-Madeleine-de-Rigaud b 1852 1852 1
St-Étienne-des-Grès b 1860 1860 1
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold b 1858 1859 2
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax b 1850 1860 17
St-François I.O. b 1810 1810 1
St-Irénée (Charlevoix) s 1853 1860 6
St-Jacques-de-Leeds b 1861 1861 1
St-Jean-Port-Joli b 1852 1857 3
St-Jean-Port-Joli s 1854 1857 2
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) b 1850 1861 46
St-Louis-de-Gonzague (Beauharnois) b 1850 1861 2316
St-Louis-de-Gonzague (Beauharnois) s 1850 1861 850
St-Maurice b 1856 1861 5
St-Maurice s 1853 1858 5
St-Michel-de-Percé b 1847 1861 28
St-Michel-de-Percé s 1847 1847 1
St-Ours s 1850 1859 5
St-Régis b 1850 1861 87
St-Régis s 1850 1861 29
St-Stanislas b 1854 1854 1
St-Stanislas s 1854 1858 5
St-Timothée (Beauharnois) b 1850 1861 2289
St-Timothée (Beauharnois) s 1850 1861 882
Stukely-Nord (Bonsecours) b 1858 1858 1
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix b 1853 1861 2
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix s 1858 1858 1
St-Valérien-de-Milton b 1854 1861 194
St-Valérien-de-Milton s 1854 1861 54

*(b = baptism, s = burial)
**the additions are dated from between the min year and the max year

Only 2 parishes remain to be added to the LAFRANCE in order to complete the addition of every Catholic baptism and burial recorded in Quebec up until 1861. Namely, the Ste-Marthe parish as well as the baptisms and burials of the year 1861 for the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

You can use the LAFRANCE and find your ancestors by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec right now!

Genealogically yours,


The Drouin team

83 000 Ontario marriages and 53 300 marriages from the United States have been added to Genealogy Quebec

More new content on! This time, we’ve added over 130 000 marriages to the NBMDS tool. These marriages were transferred from the Planète Généalogie website.

Ontario marriages

83 000 marriages from various Ontario parishes have been added to the NBMDS database. These marriages were recorded between the 17th century and the end of the 20th century.

New England marriages

Around 53 000 marriages from New England were also added to the NBMDS tool.
These marriages are from the following parishes and regions:

NY, Schenectady, St-Columba
NY, Schuylerville, Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes
NY, Schuylerville, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin
NY, Troy, St-Jean-Baptiste
NY, Troy, St-Patrick
NH, Auburn, St-Peter
NH, Goffstown, St-Lawrence
NH, Hooksett, Holy Rosary
NH, Lakeport, Our Lady of the Lake
NH, Littleton, Ste-Rose-de-Lima
NH, Manchester, St. Anthony
NH, Portsmouth, Immaculee Conception
NH, Portsmouth, Ste-Catherine
NH, Portsmouth, St-James
Mass, Swansea
CT, Grosvenor Dale, St-Joseph
CT, West Thompson, Sacred Heart
RI, Pawtucket, Notre-Dame-de-la-Consolation
RI, Woonsocket, Ste-Famille

What is the NBMDS tool?

The NBMDS tool contains baptism, marriage and burial files created from the original document recorded in church.
Originally, the tool extended from 1727 to 2011 and covered the Laurentians, the Outaouais and Bas-St-Laurent regions as well as the city of St-Hubert.
We are now extending the period and regions covered to include parts of Ontario and the United States.

The NBMDS is equipped with a multiple field search engine. As with most of our tools, we recommend that you limit your initial search to only a few fields; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to navigate through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

You may browse the NBMDS tool with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Records and documents from the United States and Ontario available on Genealogy Quebec

Even though Genealogy Quebec primarily focuses on Quebec genealogy, the website offers multiple collections from Ontario and the United States.

Drouin Collection Records

You will find various documents from the United States and Ontario in the Drouin Collection Records, under the “États-Unis” and “Ontario” folders.

These documents are mostly Catholic parish registers but you will also find some newspapers and other bits of historically relevant publications.

Here are the parish registers available under the Ontario folder:

Alban Alexandria Alfred Almonte
Amherstburg Apple-Hill Arnprior Azilda
Belle-Rivière Bell’s Corners Billing’s Bridge Blezard Valley
Blind River Bonfield Bourget Brightside
Brudenell Burwash Cache Bay Callander
Capreol Carlsbad Spring Cartier Casselman
Chatham Chelmsford Chrysler Chute-à-Blondeau, Prescott
Clarence Creek Coniston Cooper Cliff Corbeil
Corkery Cornwall Creighton Mines Cumberland
Curran Cyrville Dickenson’s Landing Douglas
Dwyer Eastview Eganville Elliot Lake
Embrun Espanola Essex Estaire
Falconbridge Fallowfield Field Fitzroy Harbor
Fort Frontenac Fort William Fournier Garden River
Garson Gatchell Glen-Nevis Glen-Robertson
Glen-Walter Greenfield Hammond Hanmer
Hawkesbury Îles Manitoulin Killarney Lafontaine
Lancaster LaPasse Larchwood Lavigne
Leamington Lebel Lefaivre Lemieux
Levack Limoges Little Current Lively
Lochiel Lockerby L’Orignal Maidstone
Manitouwadge Manotick Marionville Markstay
Massey Matachewan Mattawa McGregor
Metcalfe Metcalfe et Osgoode Minnow Lake Mont-St-Patrick
Moose Creek New Sudbury Noëlville North Bay
Orleans Osgoode Ottawa Paincourt
Pakenham Pembroke Plantagenet Pointe-aux-Roches
Port-Arthur Richmond River Valley Rivière-aux-Canards
Rockland Sarsfield Sault-Ste-Marie Skead (Sudbury)
South Gloucester South March Spanish Spragge
St-Albert St-Andrew’s West St-Bernadin St-Charles
Ste-Anne, Prescott St-Eugène, Prescott St-Isidore, Prescott St-Joachim
St-Pascal-Baylon St-Pierre St-Raphaël Sturgeon Falls
Sudbury Tecumseh Temagami Thessalon
Tilbury Treadwell Val Caron Vankleek Hill
Vars Verner Wahnapitei Warren
Wawa Wawa et Michipicoten Webbwood Wendover
White Fish White River Wikwemikong Williamstown
Windsor Woodslee

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)

The 1881 Ontario census is available on Genealogy Quebec. If you are subscribed to the website, you may browse it here.

Antonin-Loiselle File

The Antonin-Loiselle File is an index of marriage files from Quebec but also from the United States, specifically Fall River, MA and Manchester, NH.

Genealogy Quebec subscribers may browse this collection at this address.

Finally, you will find various documents pertaining to Ontario and the United States in the Drouin Great Collections, the Kardex, and the Obituary section.

What’s new on the Drouin Institute blog?

Censuses (1881-1901 Quebec and Ontario)
An article about the Census tool, which is available on

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Over a million new images and files – A look back on 2018

The year 2018 was a busy one for the Drouin team, with the addition of more than a million images and files to Genealogy Quebec as well as the publication of numerous blog posts related to Quebec genealogy. Here is a retrospective of the last year.

Additions to and’s tools and collections in 2018

A massive update was applied to, which doubled the total amount of individuals in the database.

More information on

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The development of the LAFRANCE continued in 2018 with the addition of tens of thousands of Catholic baptisms and burials from the 1850s, as well as all Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec in 1917.

76 443 baptisms added

28 516 burials added

15 482 marriages added

More information on the LAFRANCE

Browse the LAFRANCE (subscription required)

City directories

We started 2018 with the addition of a new collection, the City directories tool. This tool contains the Marcotte directory of the city of Quebec, and Lovell directory of the city of Montreal from the 1840s to the beginning of the 20th century.

More information on the City directories tool

Browse the City directories tool (subscription required)

Acadia – Families

This tool contains family files based on the original parish records of Acadia and covers from 1621 to 1849. In 2018, the amount of files and individuals contained in the database doubled.

More information on the Acadia – Families tool

Browse the Acadia – Families tool (subscription required)


34 775 baptism, marriage and burial files were added to the Kardex tool this year. The Kardex is a directory of files that mostly pertain to Catholic and Protestant marriages as well as notarized contracts. The files cover from 1621 to 1950 for Quebec, Ontario and a small part of the United States.

More information on the Kardex tool

Browse the Kardex tool (subscription required)

Internet obituaries – Free section

The Internet obituary section is updated weekly. In 2018, nearly 200 000 obituaries were added to the collection.

More information on the Internet obituary section

Browse the Internet obituary section (free)


This collection of 256 000 postcards initially only contained the image of the back of the cards. The update applied in 2018 allowed us to add the front of the cards, doubling the number of images in the collection.

More information on the Postcards section

Browse the Postcards section (subscription required)

Newspaper obituaries

60 000 obituaries were added to the Newspaper obituaries section in 2018.

This tool contains 664 000 death notices published in Quebec newspapers between 1945 and 2015. In addition, a search engine was added to the tool in order to make it more user-friendly.

More information on the Newspaper obituaries

Browse the Newspaper obituaries (subscription required)

Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections

Jetté dictionary

  • 2852 files produced by René Jetté during the creation of his famous “Dictionnaire Jetté” were added in file 19 – Dictionnaire Jetté.

Genealogical charts

  • 2358 genealogical charts from the Planète Généalogie website were added in the file 24 – Lignées généalogiques.

Statutes of the Province of Quebec

  • Addition of various legal documents related to, among other things, adoptions, estates and name changes. Can be found in the file 25 – Statuts de la province de Québec.

Municipal archives

  • Addition of 17 948 images from books and minutes from the cities of Victoriaville, St-Paul-de-Chester and St-Louis-de-Blandford. Can be found in the file 16 – Archives municipales.

More information on the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections

Browse the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections (subscription required)

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

Blog articles published in 2018


Our primary goal in 2019 is to continue and accelerate the development of our genealogical collections, but also to facilitate their use and make the experience a more seamless one. It promises to be a very busy year!

Stay tuned…

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

30 000 baptism and burial records added to the LAFRANCE

An update has been applied to the LAFRANCE in early December. This update pertains to the Catholic baptism and burial records celebrated in the province of Quebec between 1850 and 1861.

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 22 503 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 7 086 records added

The corrections suggested by our users over the past month have also been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to 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 from the 1850-1861 period are added gradually through bimonthly updates.

Updated parishes

Here is the list of parishes affected by this update.

Parish name Event type Min year Max year Added records
Baie-St-Paul b 1828 1828 7
Baie-St-Paul m 1828 1828 1
Baie-St-Paul s 1828 1828 3
Beauport b 1844 1844 2
Berthierville (Berthier-en-Haut) b 1849 1849 1
Berthierville (Berthier-en-Haut) s 1849 1849 1
Compton b 1855 1861 519
Compton s 1855 1861 122
Inverness b 1859 1861 49
Inverness s 1860 1861 9
La Baie b 1849 1849 1
La Prairie y 1833 1833 1
Les Escoumins b 1850 1861 463
Les Escoumins s 1850 1861 80
Lieu inconnu s 1830 1830 1
L’Islet b 1850 1861 2463
L’Islet s 1850 1861 1050
Lotbinière b 1847 1847 1
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) b 1858 1858 3041
Montréal (Notre-Dame-de-Montréal) s 1858 1858 2000
Montréal (St-Patrick) b 1859 1861 2759
Papineauville b 1853 1861 541
Papineauville s 1853 1861 131
Pointe-Gatineau b 1850 1861 1034
Pointe-Gatineau s 1850 1861 359
Ristigouche b 1842 1845 2
St-André-Avellin b 1845 1889 789
St-André-Avellin s 1854 1861 184
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) b 1861 1861 44
St-Antoine-Abbé (Franklin) s 1861 1861 11
St-Benoît b 1815 1815 1
St-Camillus de Farellton b 1850 1861 473
St-Camillus de Farellton s 1853 1861 11
St-Césaire m 1889 1889 1
St-Cyprien-de-Léry (Napierville) b 1830 1830 23
St-Cyprien-de-Léry (Napierville) s 1830 1830 6
St-Denis-sur-Richelieu b 1818 1818 1
Ste-Élisabeth (Seigneurie Dautray) s 1842 1842 1
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) b 1854 1861 715
Ste-Julie-de-Somerset (Laurierville) s 1854 1861 200
Ste-Sophie-de-Mégantic b 1855 1861 574
Ste-Sophie-de-Mégantic s 1855 1861 177
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold b 1849 1861 1085
St-Eusèbe-de-Stanfold s 1850 1861 287
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax b 1850 1861 1854
St-Ferdinand-d’Halifax s 1850 1861 427
St-Jacques-de-Leeds b 1855 1861 137
St-Jean-Port-Joli b 1850 1861 1925
St-Jean-Port-Joli s 1850 1861 813
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) b 1850 1861 2234
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Cathédrale) s 1850 1861 495
St-Laurent I.O. s 1793 1793 1
St-Michel-de-Percé b 1828 1832 7
St-Michel-de-Percé s 1826 1830 3
St-Roch-des-Aulnaies b 1850 1861 1362
St-Roch-des-Aulnaies s 1850 1861 644
Sts-Anges-Gardiens-de-Cascapédiac (New Richmond) s 1838 1838 1
St-Stephen of Old Chelsea b 1850 1861 426
St-Stephen of Old Chelsea s 1850 1861 74
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix b 1838 1839 2
St-Urbain-de-Charlevoix s 1844 1844 1

You can consult the LAFRANCE and find your ancestors by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec right now!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Update to the LAFRANCE, Acadia – Families and Newspaper Obituaries tools on Genealogy Quebec

The Drouin team has been hard at work over the past month! Here are the updates made to Genealogy Quebec‘s tools and collections since our last newsletter.

Acadia – Families update

More than 25 000 family files have been added to the Acadia – Families tool. The tool now contains a total of 96 204 files.

This tool contains family files based on baptism, marriage and burial records from Acadia. You can browse this tool with a subscription to at this address.

Newpaper Obituaries now equipped with a search engine

The Newspaper Obituaries section is now equipped with a search engine which allows for first name, last name and date of death search.

This section contains over 660 000 newspaper obituaries from Quebec newspapers published between 1945 and 2015.

You can browse the Newspaper obituaries with a subscription at this address.


The bimonthly LAFRANCE update was applied earlier this month. The additions pertain to the 1850-1861 period for Catholic baptisms and burials.

Update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 1506 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 407 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 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.

Reminder – PRDH-IGD Update

In case you missed it, a massive update was applied to last month. This update almost doubled the total amount of individuals in the database! You can find more information about the PRDH-IGD at this address.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

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 and
Period 1621 – 2018 1621 – 1849
Original documents Yes No
Family Reconstructions         No Yes
Type of documents BMD records,
Death cards,
Notarized documents,
Marriage directories,
Parish records,
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 and have access to the following exclusive features:

  • View the original document (parish register) on from any certificate
Click on the link circled in red to go from a certificate (left) to the original document associated with it on (right)
  • View the individual file of any individual named in a‘s LAFRANCE certificate
Click on the link circled in red to go from a certificate (left) to an individual file on (right)
  • 10% bonus PRDH-IGD hits free of charge on purchase for subscribers
During the subscription process on, you will be given the option to enter your 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