Interesting press release from The Generations Network this week: millions of records from Quebec are now available on Ancestry.ca. If you need to research this area, check with your local library or neighborhood Family History Center to do a trial run before you sign up for a subscription.
Press release below:
37M* Historical French-Canadian Names Launch Online: Drouin Collection
346 Years of Quebec Vital Records Searchable Online for the First Time – Largest Collection
Included in The Drouin Collection are the ancestors of some of
Family history enthusiasts can also trace their lineage back to the founding families of
From the early 1600s, the Catholic parishes of
In 1899 a lawyer named Joseph Drouin founded The Drouin Genealogical Institute, using
The collection remained the property of the Institute until Gabriel’s death in 1980, after which it was sold to the genealogist Jean-Pierre Pepin who created The Drouin Institute, which was dedicated to preserving the collection intact and in
Recognising its historical significance, Ancestry.ca secured the right to host the collection online. It launched the original images – more than 12 million in total – in 2007, and in partnership with The University of Montreal has now indexed the collection to make it searchable online for the first time.
The Drouin Collection can be searched in French or English language by name, date, place, church or institution, and religion.
Ancestry.ca senior vice president
“It is important that the exceptional work of Joseph and Gabriel Drouin be made widely available for all to use and enjoy, whether they be French-Canadian family history enthusiasts or those from the
Ancestry.ca user Gail Mamers comments: “One piece of critical information that I discovered through The Drouin Collection on Ancestry.ca is that my grandparents were married, something that was not confirmed before this.”
“My aunt was so happy to hear this information that she cried. Having the Collection indexed will allow more people to make interesting discoveries about their own past because it will take a fraction of the time and effort.”
Ancestry.ca user Desmond Ireland comments: “I have studied genealogy for more than a decade and by indexing this incredible collection of records, Ancestry.ca has enabled me to search more easily and effectively for my family history. They’ve taken genealogical research out of the library and brought it to my personal computer.”
* At launch the indexes will contain 29 million searchable names. The remaining eight million names will be live on Ancestry.ca by mid-2008.