The Loiselle File

The Loiselle File is a collection of marriage files produced by priest Antonin Loiselle as part of his personal research. In total, this collection contains 1 044 434 marriage files that pertain to about 100 different parishes.

The tool covers all of Quebec as well as Fall River, MA and Manchester, NH from 1621 to the mid 20th century.

The Loiselle File is navigated similarly to the Drouin Collection Records. The documents are organized in a file tree containing over 16 000 folders. Within these folders, the files are sorted by alphabetical order of the husband and wife’s first name. A search for Abraham will be conducted within the first few files, while a search for Zenophile should be done towards the end of the folder.

The marriage files contain the following information: first and last name of the husband and wife, last name of the parents or of the previous spouse. In most cases, a date and location will be given for the marriage. Additional information may also be present, such as the residence of the the spouses or the parents.

You can browse the Loiselle File with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

The Kardex

The Kardex is a directory of marriage files complementary to the Men and Women series. The files pertain to Catholic and Protestant marriages as well as to notarized documents.

The Kardex covers from 1621 to around 1950 for Quebec, Ontario as well as a small part of the United States.

The Kardex is navigated similarly to the Drouin Collection Records. The documents are organized in a file tree.

The Kardex marriage files contain the following information: the name and first name of the spouses, the name of the parents, or the name of the previous spouse.

In most cases, the date and location of the marriage may also be included. Additional information may also be present in the file.

To better understand the structure of the Kardex files, here is an example:

  1. Bertrand, Joseph Alfred Émile – Husband
  2. (Bertrand), Antoine Wilfrid – Father of the husband
  3. St-Aubin, Rose Anna – Mother of the husband
  4. Michaud, Marie Lise Irène – Wife
  5. (Michaud), Joseph Adolphe – Father of the wife
  6. Bernard, Marie Lise Elisa – Mother of the wife
  7. St Louis de France de Montréal – Parish in which the marriage was celebrated
  8. 12 Juin 1915 – Marriage date

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

The Connolly file

The Connolly File is a collection of catholic and protestant baptism, marriage and burial files produced from the original documents.

These files contain the names and roles of the individuals mentioned in the record, as well as the date and parish in which the event was celebrated.

This tool contains close to 6 500 000 files pertaining to Quebec and extending from 1621 to 2015.

The Connolly File contains 3 databases: Baptisms, marriages and burials.

The Connolly File 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 parameters; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to sift through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

On the files, you will find buttons that allow for an automatic search for the baptism, marriage or burial of the individuals mentioned in the file. Please note that these buttons are only research shortcuts, not linked data. It is always recommended to do manual searches with the various spellings of the researched name(s) if the automatic search hasn’t produced any results.

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

 

The Petit NBMDS

The Petit NBMDS contains baptism, marriage and burial files. These files are produced from the original parish records. While the original records aren’t directly linked to the files, you may find the original records in the Drouin Collection Records by using the information given in the file; namely, the parish and the date.

The tool extends from 1727 to 2011 and covers the Laurentians, the Outaouais and Bas-St-Laurent regions as well as the city of St-Hubert.

The Petit 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 parameters; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to sift through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

On the Petit NBMDS files, you will find buttons that allow for an automatic search for the baptism, marriage or burial of the individuals mentioned in the file. Please note that these buttons are only research shortcuts, not linked data. It is always recommended to do manual searches with the various spellings of the researched name(s) if the automatic search hasn’t produced any results.

You can browse the Petit NBMDS with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec at this address.

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997

The Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 tool contains most of the marriages and deaths recorded in Quebec between 1926 and 1997, all religious denominations included.

The records are indexed through files that present the relevant information extracted from the original document. In the case of the marriages, it is also possible to view the original document.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s marriage sources from the Marriage and Deaths 1926-1997 tool

This tool is equipped with a detailed search engine. With that said, the search engine does not come with a search dictionary; it is necessary to search for the multiple variations of a given name manually.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend to limit your initial search to only a few parameters; a family name and the year of the event. If this produces too many results to sift through, a first name or a second family name should be added.

As with many of our other tools, you may use the “%” character in order to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all of the records where an individual bearing a name that starts with “Rog” is mentioned. This allows you to widen your search even further, if necessary.

Marriages and Deaths 1926-1997 can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The Obituary section

The Obituary section is divided in 4 subsections that contain different types of documents.

 

Internet Obituaries

This section, covering all of Canada from 1999 to today, does not require a subscription to the website to be viewed. In addition to being updated weekly, it currently contains over 2 million obituaries.

This section is equipped with a search engine as well as navigation categories. The search engine allows for a first name, last name and date search as well as a search for words contained in the notice.

The obituaries are sorted by province, city and publication to provide a more fluid navigation experience.

 

Newspaper obituaries

This section contains 620 000 obituaries published in Quebec newspapers from 1945 to 2015.  

It is organized through a file tree that sorts the notices by letter and then by name. The images in the folders are named and sorted following this format: Name_Firstname_Year_Month_Day.jpg

 

 

Death cards

This section, containing 54 000 death cards published between 1860 and today, is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by name, first name and date of death.

Death card sourced from the tool of the same name

You may use the “%” character to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all the death cards in which the subject wears a name starting with “Rog”. This allows for more generic searches and is particularly useful for names which tend to be spelled in a lot of different ways.

 

Tombstones

This section contains 611 000 pictures of tombstones, indexed by name and text on the stone. 

Tombstone sourced from the tool of the same name

It is equipped with a search engine allowing you to search by family name or by the text engraved on the stone. You may search through a specific cemetery or in all of them at the same time.

Like with the death cards, the “%” character may be used to search for part of a name.

The Obituaries section can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is the most comprehensive research tool available on Genealogy Quebec. This database contains all of Quebec’s Catholic marriages up to 1917, as well as all of Quebec’s Catholic baptism and burial records up to 1849.

In addition to these Catholic records, all of Quebec’s Protestant marriages from 1760 to 1849, as well as 68 401 Catholic baptisms and burials from after the year 1862 are included in the database. A link to the original parish document is included with every record.

On the LAFRANCE, you will find these parish registers under two formats:

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 record such as the names, dates, roles, occupations, relationships, marital status, etc.

Record certificate sourced from the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE is equipped with an intuitive search engine which allows you to search by surname, first name, time period, parish, role, gender and type of event. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that our users begin their searches by casting a wide net, only searching for a surname and first name. If this search produces too many resultats, a time period may be added to narrow it down. Making your initial search too narrow by filling too many fields isn’t recommended.

Note that you may use the “%” character in order to search for part of a name. For example, a search for “Rog%” will find all of the records where an individual bearing a name that starts with “Rog” is mentioned. This allows you to widen your search even further, if necessary.

LAFRANCE search form

The search engine is equipped with a name dictionary, which associates a name with all of its variations. 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 variations of a name.

In addition, the Likeness function makes it possible to search for a name as well as any other name that resembles it. The Likeness function differs from the name dictionary because it not only includes all of the variations of a name, but also all of the names that are similar to it in terms of pronunciation or spelling. For example, a search for Gauthier, which will include all of the variations given earlier, will also include the names Gonthier, Vauthier, Gouthier, Authier as well as their numerous variations.

Once a search has been made, you will obtain a list of results.

Search results for any mention of the name Tremblay in records dated between 1700 and 1820
  • Num.: Every record in the database is given a number that is used to identify it.
  • Date: Date on which the record was drafted
  • Type: The type of event described by the record: b (baptism), s (burial) or m (marriage)
  • Parish: Parish in which the event was celebrated
  • Roles: The role that the person(s) carry in the record: P-M (Father and Mother), S-C (Subject and Spouse), S-S (Subject and Subject, used to identify a marrying couple)

To view a record, click on the date associated with it.

Once on the certificate of the record you are looking for, you maybe view the original document by clicking on the “d1p” link which you will find at the top right of the certificate.

Detailed view of a record on the LAFRANCE

The LAFRANCE can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

The Drouin Collection Records (1621 to 1967)

The Drouin Collection Records is a collection of parish registers (baptisms, burials and marriages).

Boucherville register sourced from the Drouin Collection

The collection also contains some notarized documents and censuses.

In all cases, these are original documents that have been digitized in the course of the past century.

The collection of parish registers from Quebec begins in 1621 (opening of the Catholic Register in Quebec) up to 1967. Most of the registers were photographed in the 1940s and thus do not extend to 1967. For the other collections in this database, the period covered may go beyond 1967.

The Drouin Collection Records cover all of Quebec (including non-Catholics) as well as French Acadia and part of Ontario, New Brunswick and the United States.

File tree navigation in the Drouin Collection Records

The registers are organized in a file tree. The documents are separated by collection and then by location and by year, or by letter and by name depending on the type of register.

Finally, the images are sorted in the folders by chronological order (from January to December). The trick is to identify the right collection to search in and to find the document using the location and date in which it was drafted.

The Drouin Collection Records can be browsed with a subscription to Genealogy Quebec here.

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