Six historical newspapers added to Genealogy Quebec

Six historical newspapers have been added to the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections, one of 15 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Here are the newly available newspapers:

Le Franco-Canadien (1893 to 1899)
Le Richelieu (1935 to 1969)
Le Richelieu agricole (1978 to 1980, 1983 and 1984)
Le Richelieu agricole et Dimanche (1986 and 1987)
Le Richelieu Dimanche (1987)
Le Canada-Français (various years between 1888 and 1987)


You will find these 72,841 new images in the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections, under the “23 – Journaux Anciens” folder. These six publications add to the many newspapers already available in the section:

Chesterville Record Commercial Gazette (Montréal)
Daily Witness (Montréal) La Chronique de la Vallée du St-Maurice
La Minerve La Semaine (Québec)
La Tribune Canadienne (Montréal) La Vie Illustrée (Montréal)
La Voix Du Peuple (St-Jean) L’Action Canadienne
L’Alliance (St-Jean) L’Avant-Garde
L’Avenir de Quebec Le Carillon (Québec)
Le Castor (Québec) Le Charivari (Québec)
Le Courrier (St-Jean) Le National (Montréal)
Le Progrès du Golfe Le Protectionniste (St-Jean)
Le Semeur Canadien (Montréal) Le Trésor des Familles (Québec)
L’Écho d’Iberville L’Essor (St-Jean)
L’Obligation (Montréal) L’Opinion Publique (Montréal)
L’Union de Woonsocket L’Union des Cantons de l’Est (Arthabaskaville)
Midi-Presse (Montreal) Paris-Canada (Montréal)
The Advertiser The Canadian Jewish Review
The Dominion Illustrated News (Montréal) The Inquirer (Trois-Rivières)
The Quebec Gazette  

You may browse these documents as well as 49 million images and files of genealogical and historical interest by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Obituary section update on Genealogy Quebec

More new content on Genealogy Quebec! This time in the Obituary section, which contains all the obituaries, memorial cards and tombstone pictures available on the website.

Memorial Cards

5,350 memorial cards have been added to the Obituary section, which now contains a total of 97,802 cards.
You can search this collection by name or first name of the deceased as well as by date of death.

Most of these cards pertain to individuals who died in Quebec between 1860 and today.
You can browse this collection with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Internet obituaries

A new milestone is within reach in the Internet Obituaries section, with close to 2,600,000 death notices now available. As the name suggests, this section contains obituaries from various online sources and covers all of Canada from 1999 to today.

This collection is updated monthly and is equipped with a search engine allowing you to browse obituaries by name, date, or via the text of the notice.

All these documents can be browsed in the Obituary section, where you will also find, in addition to memorial cards and internet obituaries, 710,000 indexed photos of headstones and 1,250,000 death notices from Quebec and Ontario newspapers.
More information about the Obituary section can be found on the the Drouin Institute blog.

Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec to have access to the Obituary section as well as 14 other tools totaling nearly 47 million images and files!

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

LAFRANCE update: 31,586 new records from Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick

31,586 new birth, marriage and death records are now available on the LAFRANCE, one of the 15 tools offered to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

These new parish records are from Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Record 7968864,

Here is a detailed overview of the added records by year and location:

Parish / Location Record type Min
Max year Records
Penetanguishene (St. Ann) m 1850 1861 103
Ottawa (St-Joseph) m 1858 1861 45
Ottawa (Notre-Dame) m 1850 1861 979
Curran m 1850 1861 179
Cornwall (St-Colomban) m 1850 1861 128
Quebec (Non-Catholic)        
Québec (Protestants) b 1768 1800 1689
Québec (Protestants) s 1768 1800 1041
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) s 1842 1859 358
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) b 1842 1860 615
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) m 1850 1860 106
Montréal (Anglican, Christ Church Cathedral) m 1850 1861 229
Frelighsburg (Anglican Church, Holy Trinity) b 1804 1861 999
Frelighsburg (Anglican Church, Holy Trinity) s 1808 1861 480
Frelighsburg (Anglican Church, Holy Trinity) m 1850 1861 28
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) b 1842 1860 615
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) m 1850 1860 106
Montréal (Anglican, Saint Thomas) s 1842 1859 358
Montréal (Anglican, Trinity Memorial Chapel) b 1840 1861 827
Montréal (Anglican, Trinity Memorial Chapel) m 1850 1861 146
Montréal (Anglican, Trinity Memorial Chapel) s 1840 1861 465
Montréal (Congregational, Second) b 1843 1857 83
Montréal (Congregational, Second) m 1850 1857 13
Montréal (Congregational, Second) s 1844 1857 46
Montréal (Congregational, Zion) b 1834 1861 599
Montréal (Congregational, Zion) m 1850 1861 111
Montréal (Congregational, Zion) s 1834 1861 418
Montréal (Jewish – Spanish – Portuguese) b 1841 1861 152
Montréal (Jewish – Spanish – Portuguese) m 1851 1858 15
Montréal (Jewish – Spanish – Portuguese) s 1841 1861 78
Montréal (Methodist, Mountain Street) b 1843 1861 722
Montréal (Methodist, Mountain Street) m 1850 1861 106
Montréal (Methodist, Mountain Street) s 1844 1861 296
Montréal (Presbyterian, American Presbyterian) b 1831 1861 507
Montréal (Presbyterian, American Presbyterian) m 1850 1861 61
Montréal (Presbyterian, American Presbyterian) s 1832 1861 408
Shefford (Anglican Church) b 1822 1854 726
Shefford (Anglican Church) m 1850 1854 29
Shefford (Anglican Church) s 1822 1854 202
Quebec (First nations)        
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) b 1825 1861 2266
Sault-St-Louis (Kahnawake) s 1825 1861 1878
Acadia / New Brunswick        
Cocagne m 1801 1859 84
Cocagne b 1800 1861 1319
Cocagne s 1800 1861 110
Bouctouche b 1800 1861 2208
Bouctouche m 1800 1861 333
Bouctouche s 1800 1861 309
Shemogue s 1813 1854 167
Shemogue b 1813 1857 1081
Bathurst-Ouest b 1798 1861 2899
Bathurst-Ouest m 1798 1861 526
Bathurst-Ouest s 1798 1860 198
Nelson b 1826 1853 2923
Nelson m 1826 1845 659
Nelson s 1826 1833 47

m = marriage, b = baptism, s = burial

In addition to these new records, the LAFRANCE contains:

  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms from 1621 to 1861
  • ALL of Quebec’s Catholic burials from 1621 to 1861
  • 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 baptisms and burials from 1862 to 2019

More information regarding the LAFRANCE can be found on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

You may browse these documents, and millions more, by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!



Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Connolly File update: 74,789 new baptism, marriage and burial records on Genealogy Quebec!

An update has been applied to the Connolly File, one of 15 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

19,219 baptisms, 13,249 marriages and 42,321 burials were added through this update.

What is the Connolly File?

The Connolly File is an index of births, marriages and deaths from Quebec and parts of the United States and Canada covering a period spanning from 1621 to 2020. It is developed and maintained by the Société de généalogie des Cantons-de-l’Est.
The tool contains over 6,750,000 birth, marriage and death records.

You may browse the Connolly File with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

You will find more information about this collection as well as research tips and best practices in this article on the Drouin Institute blog.

Update details

Here is a more detailed overview of the update.


Cimetière St-Charles ville de QC
Bur.1914-1940: 38,899 records

N-D-de-la-Providence, N-D-des-Pins Beauce
Bap. 1926-1940: 225 records
Mar. 1926-1940: 55 records
Bur. 1926-1940: 63 records

État Civil du Québec
Filiations: 104 records
Mar. 7913 records

Odanak (Yamaska), St-François-de-Sales
Bap. 1848-1942: 871 records
Mar. 1848-1942: 167 records
Bur. 1848-1941: 820 records

Deaths 1926-1976: 364 records

St-Fulgence, comté Chicoutimi
Bap. 1871-1940: 3132 records
Mar. 1871-1940: 536 records
Bur. 1871-1940: 1185 records

St-Aimé, Kingsey Falls comté Drummond
Bap. 1842-1940: 1795 records
Mar. 1842-1940: 388 records
Bur. 1842-1940: 740 records

United States

St. Michael de Swansea MA, US
Bap. 1879-1996: 9877 records

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes de Fall River MA, US
Mar. 1962-1999: 834 records

Sanford ME, US St. Ignatius
Mar. 1893-1908: 248 records

Stanford ME, US Holy Family
Mar. 1923-1991: 1520 records

St-Joseph de Fitchburg, MA, US
Mar. 1890-1995: 2724 records

St. Anthony, Jackman, ME, US
Bap. 1794-1998: 1666 records
Mar. 1892-1980: 771 records

St. Sebastian, Madison, ME, US
Mar. 1900-1980: 998 records

Additionally, some 484 corrections suggested by our users were applied.

Subscribe to Genealogy Quebec and start browsing the Connolly File today!



Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

The Acadia – Families tool had been updated on Genealogy Quebec

An update has been applied to the Acadia – Families tool, one of the 15 collections available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Some 11,453 family files were added through this update.

What is the Acadia – Families tool?

The Acadia – Families tool contains 141,795 family files based on original Acadian records.

Currently, these records span from the beginning of the Acadian colony to the end of 1849. In addition, 33 locations covering from 1850 to the end of the available registers are included. A list of these locations as well as a more detailed overview of the collection are available on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

The files compile the information available about a family unit. They usually contain the names and first names of the parents, the first name of the child, the dates of birth and/or baptism, death and/or burial, and marriage (a total of 263,905 events), as well as the parish. Links to the original church documents pertaining to the baptisms, marriages and burials mentioned in the file are also often available.

Family file from the Acadia – Families tool. The blue links lead to the original documents.

Original document from an Acadia – Families file

The Acadia – Families tool can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.



Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Announcing the contest winners and 60% off the Drouin Institute online boutique!

It is now time to announce the 10 winners of the genealogy raffle launched on February 22, 2021, in which you could win an annual subscription to Genealogy Quebec1,000 hits on or $ 200 on our online boutique!

The winners are:

Lisa Guindon
Michel Néron
André Coulombe
Sylvie Houle
Jean Leclerc
Guillaume Boissonneault
Nathalie Lagassé
Gaston Moore
Audrey Champagne
Rachel Bouffard

A big thank you to our 4,410 participants!

60% off on the Drouin Institute online boutique

If you aren’t one of our 10 lucky winners, we still want to give you an opportunity to save money! Enjoy 60% off all purchases on the Drouin Institute boutique with the code DROUIN2021! This offer is valid until March 15th, 2021.

To benefit from this promotion, simply enter the code DROUIN2021 on checkout.

The Drouin Institute online boutique includes all the books and CD-ROMs produced by the Drouin Institute, more than 4,000 items. The boutique is also home to various directories and books from historical and genealogical societies across Quebec, Ontario and the United States.

You may use the search function to find books pertaining to a specific region, family, individual or subject.

Here are some of the collections available on the boutique.

Patrimoine familial (Family Heritage)

This collection presents some of Quebec’s most notable historical figures and details their genealogy and family history.

Patrimoine national (National Heritage)

The Patrimoine national (National Heritage) collection contains various directories of parish records, cemeteries, death notices, memorial cards, censuses and more.

Livres divers (Miscellaneous books)

Contains various books and directories from the Drouin Institute as well as genealogical societies from Quebec, Ontario and New England.

Again, thank you for your participation and your confidence.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Win a yearly subscription to Genealogy Quebec, 1000 PRDH-IGD hits, or $200 to spend on our online boutique! – Second edition

The Drouin Institute, in collaboration with the Fédération québécoise des sociétés de généalogie, is happy to announce the second edition of its yearly contest, in which you can win a yearly subscription to Genealogy Quebec, 1000 PRDH-IGD hits, or $200 to spend on our online boutique. Participating is free, quick and easy!

How to participate

To enter the contest, simply create or log in to a Genealogy Quebec account between February 22nd 2021 and March 8th 2021, 3:00 PM EST. You do NOT need to purchase or have an active subscription on the account to be eligible for the contest.

If you do not have an account on Genealogy Quebec, create one (no credit card required). This should take you no more than a minute.

If you already own a Genealogy Quebec account, log in to it between February 22nd 2021 and March 8th 2021, 3:00 PM EST to ensure your participation in the draw. That’s all!

10 winners will be drawn at random on March 8th 2021 at 3:00 PM EST.

Make sure the email address associated with your Genealogy Quebec account is valid!
If you are drawn as a winner, you will be contacted via that email address. You will then have 48h to claim your prize. If necessary, a second draw will take place on March 10th at 4:00 PM EST in order to allocate unclaimed prizes to new winners.

The prizes

Yearly Genealogy Quebec subscription (Can$100 value) 

An annual subscription to Genealogy Quebec gives you access to the entire website and all its tools and collections for a period of 365 days.
Genealogy Quebec is a subscription-based research website regrouping all the collections and tools developed by the Drouin Institute over the course of its existence.

The website’s 15 tools and collections amount to over 47 million images and files covering all of Quebec as well as parts 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.
You will find more information about the website on the Drouin Institute blog.

1000 PRDH-IGD hits (Can$79.99 value)

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. The PRDH-IGD database contains over 2,500,000 records.

What makes PRDH-IGD unique is how these records are connected to one another through genealogical links, which we refer to as Family Reconstructions. In addition to baptism, marriage and burial files, the PRDH-IGD contains individual and family files.

Any individual mentioned in a BMD record from the database is attributed an individual file. Similarly, any married couple mentioned in a BMD record gets their own family file.

PRDH-IGD subscriptions work by using “hits”.
A “hit” is used every time a record certificate, an individual file, a family file or a couple file is viewed. The original search that leads to the result list is free. You will find more information about the structure of the database at this address.

$200 to spend on our online boutique (Can$200 value)

The Drouin Institute online boutique includes all the books and CD-ROMs produced by the Drouin Institute, more than 4,000 items. It also offers directories and books from various historical and genealogical societies in Quebec, Ontario and the United States. If you choose this prize, you will receive a credit of $200 to spend on any item(s) in the boutique.


  1. To be eligible for the draw, you must own a Genealogy Quebec account that was either created or logged in to between February 22nd 2021 and March 8th 2021, 3:00 PM EST.
  2. This contest ends on March 8th 2021, 3:00 PM EST, at which time the winners will be chosen at random.
  3. The 10 winners will be contacted by email one hour after the draw (March 8th 2021, 4:00 PM EST), and will have until March 10th 2021, 4:00 PM EST to claim their prize. Once this date has passed, the unclaimed prizes will be subject to a new draw, and can no longer be claimed by the original winners.
  4. 48 hours after the initial draw, if necessary, a new draw will be done to award the unclaimed prizes to new winners. They will also have 48 hours to claim their prize. This process will be repeated until the 10 winners have been selected and have received their prizes.
  5. The 10 winners will be announced publicly on our Facebook page and via our newsletter once the 10 prizes have been distributed.
  6. Are excluded from this contest: Any employee or representative of the Drouin Genealogical Institute and the people with whom they are domiciled. Any institutional account (library, society, museum, school, etc.).
  7. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement
  8. It is prohibited to create multiple Genealogy Quebec accounts in order to increase your chances of winning the draw. Individuals creating more than one account for this purpose will be disqualified.
  9. In order to select the 10 winners, a list will be produced from those eligible for the draw. Each individual in this list will be assigned a specific number (1, 2, 3, and so on). A random number generator will be used to generate a list of 10 numbers, and the individuals associated with these numbers will be the winners of the contest.
  10. A paid subscription to Genealogy Quebec, either current or previously active, is NOT necessary to participate in this contest.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact us at


Good luck!

The Drouin team

500,000 new obituaries on Genealogy Quebec!

Over 500,000 newspaper obituaries from Ontario, Quebec and the United States have been added to the Obituary Section, one of 15 collections available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Here is a list of the sources (place or publication) of these new death notices:

  • Brockville, Ontario
  • Chesterville, Morrisburg and Winchester, Ontario (mostly 2003 to 2007)
  • Evening Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario (1949)
  • Journal de Montréal, Quebec
  • Journaux de Tampa Bay, Florida (2000s)
  • Valleyfield, Quebec (2000s)
  • La Nouvelle, Ontario (2001)
  • Le Carillon d’Hawkesbury, Ontario (1980s and 1990s)
  • Le Droit d’Ottawa, Ontario (21st century)
  • Le Quotidien de Chicoutimi, Quebec (1999 to 2006)
  • Le Reflet, Lachute, Quebec
  • Massena Observer, New York (2002 to 2005)
  • Northern Times, Kapuskasing, Ontario (1990s and 2000s)
  • Ogdensburg and Watertown, New York
  • Ottawa Citizen, Ontario (1990 to 2018)
  • Cornwall Standard Freeholder, Ontario (1904 to 2017)
  • Sudbury Voyageur, Ontario (1980s, 1990s and 2000s)
  • The Glengarry News, Ontario
  • The Vision, Prescott Russell County, Ontario
  • Women Dixon Institute, Cornwall, Ontario.
  • Ontario death notices from the Cayer Collection (1960 to 2010)

These death notices are indexed by the first and last name of the subject as well as the date of death. You may browse them with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Please note that the original document is missing for some obituaries. The missing images will be added as soon as possible.

The Obituary section

This section contains most of the obituaries, memorial cards and headstones available on Genealogy Quebec. It is divided in 4 sub-sections:

  • Internet obituaries, which contains over 2.5 million obituaries published online from 1999 to today.
  • Newspaper obituaries, which now contains 1,250,000 newspaper obituaries published between 1860 and today.
  • Tombstones, which contains more than 710,000 pictures of headstones from hundreds of cemeteries in Quebec and Ontario.
  • Memorial cards, which contains tens of thousands of memorial cards published between 1860 and today.

These collections are indexed and can be explored using a search engine.

You may browse these documents as well as tens of millions images and files of genealogical and historical relevance by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec.

To conclude, we would like to thank Généalogie et Archives St-Laurent and particularly Norbert Lussier, who is to thank for this incredible collection of obituaries.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

1 700 000 marriages added to Genealogy Quebec’s LAFRANCE

Over 1.7 million marriages dating from 1850 to today have been added to the LAFRANCE, one of the 15 tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers. These marriages were transferred from the NBMDS and Connolly File collections.

Search results from the LAFRANCE showing some of the new records

Here are the locations and periods covered by these marriages:

  • 1,450,000 Quebec Catholic marriages from 1919 to today
  • 80,926 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
  • 17,002 miscellaneous Quebec marriages from 2018 and 2019

Name standardisation and the resemblance function

The LAFRANCE has a significative advantage over the other tools available on Genealogy Quebec, as its search engine is equipped with name standardisation and the resemblance function

When searching in the LAFRANCE, name standardisation ensures that a name is associated with all of its variants. For example, a query for an individual with the surname Gauthier will prompt the search engine to look through the database for any mention of the name Gauthier as well as any of its variations, such as Gautier, Gaulthier, Gotier, etc. Thus, it isn’t necessary to manually search for multiple variants of a name when using the LAFRANCE, unlike on the NBMDS and Connolly tools.

Standardisation of the Lavoie surname in the LAFRANCE

In addition to name standardisation, the LAFRANCE is equipped with the resemblance function, which allows you to search for a name and any other name that resembles it with a single query. The resemblance function differs from name standardisation because it not only includes all of the variants of a name, but also all of the names that are similar to it in terms of pronunciation and spelling. For example, a search for Gauthier, which will include all of the variants listed earlier, will also include the names Gonthier, Vauthier, Gouthier, Authier as well as their numerous variations.


A fairly obvious benefit of adding these records to the LAFRANCE is having more documents centralized in a single tool. This allows our subscribers to carry out more efficient and rapid searches on the site, without having to jump around between collections. With that in mind, we plan to transfer a large number of documents to the LAFRANCE in the months to come.


We took the opportunity presented by this transfer of records to systematically correct them. As such, the names of the parishes associated with the records have been standardized, numerous name entry errors have been corrected, and all duplicated records have been deleted. Therefore, the copy of these records which is currently in the LAFRANCE is of much better quality than the one previously available on the website.

In conclusion, the standardisation of names, the resemblance function, and the correction and centralization of these records has made them much easier to search and access on the site.

More about the LAFRANCE

In addition to these newly added records, the LAFRANCE contains ALL of Quebec’s Catholic marriages from 1621 to 1918, ALL of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials from 1621 to 1861, ALL of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849 as well as over 68 000 additional BMD records from 1861 to 2008.
You will find more information about the LAFRANCE on the Drouin Institute’s blog.

You may browse the LAFRANCE as well as tens of millions of documents of genealogical and historical significance by subscribing to Genealogy Quebec today!

Finding the original document associated with a record

For now, the marriages added to the LAFRANCE through this update are not linked to the original document from which they are sourced.
However, as a Genealogy Quebec subscriber, you have access to all of Quebec’s parish registers up to the 1940s in the Drouin Collection Records.
Therefore, you can find the original document associated with a record if it dates from before the mid-1940s.

To illustrate the process of finding a document in the Drouin Collection, we will use the marriage record of Clovis Desjardins and Corinne Dufour, celebrated in St-Sauveur-Des-Monts on February 4th, 1925.

Clovis and Corinne’s marriage as presented on the LAFRANCE

First, we head over to the Drouin Collection Records tool, where Quebec’s parish registers are located. You will notice that the registers are sorted by location. As the document we are trying to find was recorded in Quebec, it is in that folder that we will carry out our research. The collection that interests us, that is, the civil copy of all of Quebec’s parish registers up to the 1940s, is found under the Fonds Drouin folder.

Some parishes are listed under the name of the city they are located in, while others will be listed under the name of the parish itself. In the case of St-Sauveur-Des-Monts, the parish and the city bear the same name.

Once inside the parish’s folder, we must navigate to the correct year, which will give us access to all the images associated with that register for that specific year. It is important to know that in general, the images are listed in chronological order.
This means that the first image in the folder will contain the first events recorded during the year, which are usually the ones from January. Similarly, the last few images in the folder will be those from the end of the year.
As Clovis Desjardins and Corinne Dufour’s marriage took place early in the year in February, we can expect to find it among the first images of 1925.

And with that, we were able to find the source document associated with one of the newly added LAFRANCE marriages.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team

Over 500 000 new images and files – A look back at 2020

2020, as difficult as it was, will have been a productive year for the Drouin Institute, with the continuation of our efforts to digitize, index and democratize historical and genealogical data in Quebec and beyond. Over the past 12 months, more than 500,000 new files and images were made available on Genealogy Quebec. Here is an overview of these additions.


Last year, we completed the addition to the LAFRANCE of all of Quebec’s Catholic baptisms and burials up to 1861. Our focus this year shifted to Ontario and Acadia, as well as the Protestant baptisms and burials of Quebec.
In addition, our indexing efforts included parish records pertaining to Indigenous peoples of Quebec, a particularly complex task given the variety of surnames used in these records.

Record 6218959,

In total, 60,526 records were added to the LAFRANCE in 2020.

More information on the LAFRANCE

Browse the LAFRANCE (subscription required)

Connolly File

63,356 baptisms, 51,900 marriages and 32,418 burials were added to the Connolly File in 2020, bringing the total number of records in the collection to over 6.7 million.

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 2019.

More information on the Connolly File

Browse the Connolly File (subscription required)

Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Seven historical newspapers and 5000 wedding photos were added to the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections in 2020.
Here are the papers that were added:

  • Écho d’Iberville (1880 to 1882 and 1919 – 1920)
  • La Voix du Peuple (1880)
  • L’Alliance (1893 – 1894)
  • L’Essor (1968 to 1970)
  • Le Protectionniste (1882 – 1883)
  • Le Courrier de St-Jean (1887 and 1896 to 1909)
  • The Chesterville Record (1894 to 1939 and 1978)

You may browse them in the Miscellaneous Collections under the 23 – Journaux anciens folderAs for the wedding photos, they can be found under the 26 – Généalogie Saint-Laurent – Cornwall, Ontario folder.

The Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections contain a mix of images, documents, books, pictures and directories of historical and genealogical significance.

More information on the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections

Browse the Drouin Institute’s Miscellaneous Collections (subscription required)

Drouin Collection Records

26,392 parish register images were added to the Drouin Collection Records this year. These images are from the register of Notre-Dame-de-Montréal (church copy), which can be found under the Registres paroissiaux 1621-1876 folder in the Drouin Collection, and from 73 protestant parishes of the Montreal region, this time under the Registres non-catholiques 1760-1885 folder.

The Drouin Collection Records contain 5,208,563 images of parish registers from Quebec, Ontario, Acadia, New Brunswick and the Northeast of the United States.

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Obituary Section

Internet obituaries

The weekly addition of internet obituaries continued throughout 2020, with now more than 2,550,000 obituaries from across Canada available in this collection.

These cover a period extending from 1999 to today.


Newspaper obituaries

25,000 death notices sourced from Quebec newspapers were added to Genealogy Quebec in May 2020.


These new obituaries date, for the most part, from the 21st century and more specifically the year 2019.



Finally, some 98,433 new tombstones were made available on the website in 2020.


This collection now contains over 710,000 headstones. A search engine allows browsing via the names and text inscribed on the stone.

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Acadia – Families

35,000 family files were added to the Acadia – Families tool during the year, which contains 130,342 files pertaining to Acadian individuals.

The files contain the names and first names of the parents, the name of the child, the dates of birth and/or baptism, death and/or burial, and marriage, as well as the parish. Links to the original documents of baptism, marriage and burial mentioned are usually available.

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Genealogy Quebec Forum

Got questions about or genealogy in general? Want to share your research findings with other genealogy enthusiasts?

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Drouin Institute’s blog

Here are the articles that were published on the Drouin Institute’s blog in 2020! If you’ve missed them, now is the time to catch up!

To conclude, we would like to wish you good health and a lot of success in your genealogical endeavors for the year 2021.

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team