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

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

New Content and LAFRANCE Update on Genealogy Quebec – Now Over 44 Million Images and Files!

In this edition of our newsletter, we will cover the new content and features that have been added to Genealogy Quebec over the past month.

Great Collections restructure

The Great Collections have been separated in 3 distinct sections in order to make them more accessible and user friendly.

Online credit card payment

We have revamped our subscription page and now offer a new, more efficient way to subscribe using a credit card. There are now 3 ways to subscribe to GenealogyQuebec.com:

  1. Paypal (With or without a credit card)
  2. Credit card online
  3. Credit card by phone by calling us at 514-400-3961 – Mon-Fri 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST
    Please note that we are currently unable to take your calls. Please leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hours.

For the first two options, the payment method is selected during the checkout process. Credit card subscriptions are now activated automatically and instantly.

New FAQ

Our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page has been reworked to make it more relevant and simple to use. We will be adding to it as we receive inquiries from our users.

Search Tools page revamped

We have separated the 15 tools offered on GenealogyQuebec.com in 3 categories, in an attempt to make the website more beginner friendly.

  • Primary research tools
    These are the most comprehensive and detailed tools available on the website. 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 content to these searches. All of these tools are equipped with a search engine.
  • Archival fonds and databases
    These tools use a file tree structure. They are not equipped with a search engine and must be browsed manually.

You may also notice that we have added documentation to the Search tools page. You can access it by clicking on More information next to the tool’s description. This documentation contains information about the type of documents, the region and the period covered by the tool, as well as a short tutorial.

Planète Généalogie additions to GenealogyQuebec.com

In our previous newsletter, we announced the acquisition of Planète Généalogie by the Drouin Institute, and the gradual addition of numerous collections to Genealogy Quebec resulting from this acquisition.

Here are the additions that have been made since the release of that newsletter:

  • Archives municipales (Municipal archives) (38 949 new images)

Can be browsed in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections tool, under 16 – Archives municipales.
Documents from the counties of Berthier, Joliette and Arthabaska. Directories and indexes of mayors and municipalities.

  • Union des Cantons de l’Est (1867 à 2008) (85 508 new images)

Can be browsed in the Drouin Institute’s miscellaneous collections tool, under 23 – Journaux anciens.

  • Cardex Arthabaska (112 624 new images)

Can be browsed in the Kardex tool, under 01_Fiches BMS.
These are files containing information (names, dates, locations) pertaining to various individuals who lived on the south shore of the St-Lawrence river.

With these additions, we have officially reached over 44 million images and files on GenealogyQuebec.com! This is another important milestone in our efforts to preserve and share the genealogical heritage of Quebec and New France, which wouldn’t be possible without our subscribers. Thank you!

New articles on the Drouin Institute blog

Quebec mortality rate under the French Regime, by Bertrand and François Desjardins

Founding Families of Québec : A History Lesson on the Origins of Our Ancestors

LAFRANCE update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 18 301 added records

Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 9183 added records

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 at this address.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 15 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 1916, 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.

Free obituaries

Over 20 000 death notices have been added to our free obituary section since our last update.
This section contains Canadian obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse the collection free of charge here.

To conclude, the Drouin Institute team would like to wish you a happy holiday season as well as a new year filled with genealogical discoveries!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Drouin Institute Acquires Planète Généalogie, New Content on Genealogy Quebec!

The Drouin Genealogical Institute is proud to announce the acquisition of Planète Généalogie, a genealogical research website offering more than 29 million images and files.

What is Planète Généalogie?

Planète Généalogie is a genealogical research website that provides various collections and databases.
It contains parish registers, GEDCOM files, tombstones, death cards, telephone directories, obituaries and more. These collections pertain to the province of Quebec as well as part of Canada and the United States.
The various subscription options can be found here. Please note that the website is only available in French.

What does this mean for GenealogyQuebec.com?

Our long term plan is a gradual transition of Planète Généalogie‘s content to GenealogyQuebec.com. This transition begins today with this addition of the following collections on Genealogy Quebec:

21 481 parish register images have been added to the Drouin Collection Records (under the Registres (Québec et Ontario) folder):

  • Marie-Médiatrice-de-toutes-les-Grâces (Ottawa) 1956-2007

  • Ste-Jeanne-d’Arc (Ottawa) 1923-2000

  • St-Barthélémy (Joliette) 1929-2010

  • St-Cuthbert (Berthier) 1770-2008

  • St-Tite-des-Caps (Champlain) 1940-1994

  • St-Viateur (Berthier) 1909-2009

  • Vanier (St-Charles) 1908-2008

75 000 images have been added in the Great Collections section:

  • 12- Patrimoine familial, 100 new family genealogies. 55 904 added images

  • 14 – Fonds d’archives: Fonds Arcand, 3066 added images. This is a collection that pertains to the Arcand family

  • 15 – Généalogies familiales, Cité Saint-Michel coat of arms, 90 added images

  • 18- Autres documents, 15 094 added images. Various historical documents, including a collection dated from the 1940-1950s named “Mes Fiches“.  “Mes Fiches” was a monthly publication focusing on various subjects related to the Catholic church

What will happen to Planète Généalogie?

The Planète Généalogie website will remain available for at least another year. Once a closure date has been selected for the website, we will gradually remove the subscription options starting with the yearly subscription, biannual subscription, and finally the monthly subscription. This will allow the Planète Généalogie‘s subscribers to extend their subscription up until the website’s closure.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE Update and Introducing the New Drouin Institute Blog!

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 : 11922 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 6335 records added
In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.
You will find more information about the parishes that have been updated on this document.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.comsubscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALLCatholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1916, ALLCatholic 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.

Drouin Institute blog

We are happy to announce our new communication and content sharing avenue, the official Drouin Institute blog!
We’ve already published a series of articles that cover the various tools available on Genealogy Quebec as well as the PRDH:

In addition, we are working on a monthly series of articles pertaining to Quebec genealogy and demography. The author of these articles, Bertrand Desjardins, holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the University Lumière-Lyon 2 and is the author of numerous scientific publications centered on the study of the populations of Quebec and Canada.
Here is a sneak peek of this new series!
Twenty five children in 27 years: A look at our ancestors’ fertility

Obituaries

Over 20 000 death notices have been added to our free obituary section since our last update.
This section contains Canadian obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day.
Please note that this section has moved and can now be found under our main domain, here.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Over 36 000 Records Added To The LAFRANCE!

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

Update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 25917 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 11084 records added
In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.
You will find more information about the parishes that have been updated on this document.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of 16 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.comsubscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1916, 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.

50% off on our “New Books” collection

Until September 30th, get 50% off any book from the “New Books” collection by using the promo code “50” on our online boutique.

This collection contains monographs and indexes, produced by various organisations and authors, that pertain to Quebec, Ontario and the United States.

Volunteering

The Drouin Institute and its partner “Groupe-Nécro” are looking for volunteers to help with death notice and tombstone indexing, as well as cemetery photography.

  • Death Notice indexing

Indexing death notices is as simple as extracting the deceased’s name and the date of death from the original obituary, and entering the information in a template.

  • Tombstone indexing

Tombstone indexing is done using Microsoft Excel. The names and the text on the stone are entered in an Excel file that has been designed for the task.

  • Cemetery photography

To this day, close to 1100 Quebec cemeteries have been photographed by Groupe-Nécro, for a total of over 600 000 tombstone pictures. This collection can be browsed with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com in the “Obituary” section.

We are looking for volunteers to photograph the remaining cemeteries in Quebec as well as cemeteries in the eastern part of Ontario.

For more information regarding cemetery photography and genealogical data indexing, please contact Sébastien Robert at srobert@institutdrouin.com.

Obituaries

Over 20 000 death notices have been added to our free obituary section since our last update.
This section contains Canadian obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse the collection free of charge here.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE Update, New Archival Fonds and OGS 2017 Conference

The bimonthly LAFRANCE update was applied earlier in the week.

The additions pertain to the 1850-1861 period for Catholic baptisms and burials.

Update figures

Catholic baptisms 1850-1861 : 6966 records added
Catholic burials 1850-1861 : 4622 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 15 tools available to GenealogyQuebec.comsubscribers, is a detailed index with link to the original document of ALL Catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1916, 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. We estimate to have completed about 70% of all Catholic Quebec parishes for this period.

Free obituaries – New subsections

In addition to the 20 000 death notices added over the past 2 months, our obituary section is now equipped with subsections such as the province, city or publication in which the notice was published.
This section contains Canadian obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse the collection free of charge at this address:
http://necrologie.genealogiequebec.com/home

Additions to our digital collections

The development of our numerous collections is still underway! Here are some additions made over the past 2 months:

Archival fonds

  • Fonds Pepin-Lachance: 3427 images
  • Fonds Wilfrid-Meloche: digitized books relating to this individual’s family
  • Fonds SGCE: genealogical publications from members of the SGCE – over 11 000 pages
  • Fonds Yvan-Beaulieu: personal collection of genealogical archives – 467 641 images
  • Fonds Raymond-Aubry: 551 images from his personal collection
  • All of these archival fonds can be consulted in the 14 – Fonds d’archives category, which can be found in the Great Collections section under the tab of the same name

“Lignes de vie” series

  • Addition of 1000 individual genealogies produced by Michel Pepin, brother of Jean-Pierre Pepin, in the 17 – Lignes de vie category under the Great Collections tab

Newspaper obituaries

  • Over 20 000 death notices from the 1945-1980 period as well as tens of thousands of death notices from the 1980-2017 period have been added

Connolly file

  • Annual update on the Connolly file – new BMS records and corrections

Outaouais registers

  • Addition of numerous English parish registers from the Outaouais region: 1177 register pages can now be consulted under the Registres québécois, région de l’Outaouais category in the Drouin Collection Records section

Kardex

  • About 10 000 new BMS files from Ontario have been added to the Kardex collection

All of these collections – and much more – are available with a subscription to GenealogyQuebec.com.

OGS 2017

From June 16 to June 18 2017, the Drouin Institute team will be at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference in Ottawa. All the details surrounding the conference can be found here.

If you attend the conference, make sure not to miss Gail Dever’s presentation, “The Crème de la Crème of Online Resources for Quebec Research”, which will cover both GenealogyQuebec.com and the PRDH among other resources. Gail Dever is the author of the popular blog Genealogy à la Carte.

We hope to see you at the conference!

The Drouin team