Genealogy Quebec’s LAFRANCE database updated

Dear subscribers,

Earlier in the week, the LAFRANCE database was updated.
In total, 7593 baptism and 3142 burial records for the 1850-1861 period have been added to the LAFRANCE.
In addition, the corrections sent by our users over the past 2 months have been applied.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE, one of the tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers, is an index with link to the original document of ALL catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1915, ALL catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849, and ALL protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849.

Free obituaries

Over the past 2 months, more than 20 000 death notices have been added to our free obituary section. This section contains close to 2 000 000 obituaries ranging from 1999 to this day. You can browse this collection without the need for a subscription here.

Holiday gift idea

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? A subscription to Genealogy Quebec or the PRDH can be the ideal gift for the history and genealogy enthusiast. Call us now at 514-400-3961 (Monday to Friday, 8 to 5) or write to us at for more information on how to gift a subscription.

Happy holidays!

The Drouin Team

Genealogy Quebec rebranding, LAFRANCE development and Acadian families

This edition of our newsletter will focus on the development of Genealogy Quebec, the Drouin Institute’s primary genealogical research website.


Close to 330 000 baptism and burial records from the 1850-1861 period have been added to the LAFRANCE in the past few months. We estimate that this represents about a third of all records for this period. The additions are made through our bimonthly update and will continue until the period is concluded.

About the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is an index with link to the original document of ALL catholic marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1915, ALL catholic baptisms and burials celebrated in Quebec between 1621 and 1849, and ALL protestant marriages celebrated in Quebec between 1760 and 1849. The LAFRANCE is one of the multiple tools available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers.

Acadian families

Last spring, a database of Acadian records and families was added to Genealogy Quebec. This database covers over 40 000 families, and provides a link to the original document from which the data is sourced. This tool is available to Genealogy Quebec subscribers and can be accessed from the tool list.

33% off online shop

A reminder that the 33% sale on our online shop is still active. For more details, read our October 20th newsletter.


You may have noticed a logo change on the English version of Genealogy Quebec. When the site was first translated years ago, Quebec Records was chosen as the official name.
Over the years, we realized that having a different name for the French and English versions created confusion among our users. Thus, Quebec Records has been rebranded in Genealogy Quebec. The content of the website remains unchanged.
Also note that you can now use the URL to be redirected to the english version of the website directly.

The Drouin Team

PRDH’s Family Reconstructions advancement

Over a year ago, the PRDH began the ambitious project of extending the period covered by its family reconstructions from 1621-1799 to 1621-1849.

The first step, which was completed in early 2015, was the addition of 1 700 000 baptism, marriage and burial records, all from the 1800-1849 period. These were sourced from the Drouin Collection, which is available on Genealogy Quebec.
The second phase of this project began with the addition of the children born and/or deceased between 1800 and 1824 to the families created before 1800. This process was completed last April and represented over 250 000 new genealogical links in our family reconstructions.

What’s next?

Our plan is to complete the reconstruction of families up to the year 1824 by the end of 2016. All in all, this should represent about 350 000 new individuals, 60 000 new families and close to a million new genealogical links in the database.

To better understand the concept of genealogical links and family reconstructions, visit our page on the subject!

About the PRDH

The PRDH is a repertory of vital events (baptisms, marriages and burials) registered in Quebec during the 1621-1849 period, and a genealogical dictionary of families of the 1621-1799 period for the same region. You will find more information regarding the PRDH here.

10% additional hits for Genealogy Quebec subscribers

If you own an active subscription to Genealogy Quebec, note that you are eligible to obtain 10% additional hits free of charge at the purchase of a PRDH subscription. You can activate this promotion during the checkout process on the PRDH website.

The Drouin Team

Clearance sale on the Drouin Institute’s book collections

The Drouin Genealogical Institute has been developing its book collections for over a hundred years. These collections occupy a significant place in Canadian genealogical heritage.

Today, genealogy is mostly done online. Furthermore, all of the Drouin book collections have been digitized and are available online through a subscription to Genealogy Quebec.

With this in mind, we have decided to end the printing of our book collections.
We are now offering the opportunity for genealogical societies, institutions, libraries and private individuals to acquire the remaining editions of our book collections at a significant reduction.

Using the following codes on our online shop, you can benefit from a 33% reduction on all of our available books and collections (excluding PRDH and Genealogy Quebec subscriptions):

  • Prévoté de Québec – CodePrevote
  • Patrimoine National / National Heritage – CodeNational
  • Patrimoine Familial / Family Heritage – CodeFamilial
  • Fiches Acadiennes / Acadian Files – CodeAcadie

If you live in Canada, you can enjoy free shipping with the codeLivraison

Our Great Collections, which aren’t available on the online shop, are also on sale.
For large orders, or to order volumes from the Great Collections, email us at

We recommend that you submit us a list of the volumes and collections you are interested in acquiring. We will email you back with a quote, taking into account the size of your desired order. A larger order will result in a more significant price reduction.

We also suggest that you submit group purchases with other societies, institutions or private individuals in order to benefit from a larger reduction.
It is the best time to acquire or complete your Drouin book collections, reach out now!

The Drouin team20

Drouin Genealogical Institute’s new communication strategy

Dear subscribers,

Today, we are happy to announce our new communication strategy. The main objective of this new approach is to keep you better informed of the development and maintenance of the Drouin Institute and its websites, Genealogy Quebec and the PRDH.

This new communication strategy starts with a bimonthly newsletter published on our facebook page and through our mailing list. In addition to this newsletter, all of our releases, updates and partnerships will be shared with our clients through email and social media.

This newsletter will also correspond with bimonthly updates to our websites. An update usually consists of the addition of new content to the websites, and the correction of various errors that have been highlighted by our users.

Here are the details of our first bimonthly update:

  • Addition of over 20 000 records to the 1850-1861 period on the LAFRANCE
  • Corrections on numerous LAFRANCE and PRDH files
  • Adjustments to our PRDH and LAFRANCE name standardization dictionary
  • Corrections on the PRDH’s genealogical links (family reconstructions)

Genealogically yours,

The Drouin team